Josh Emett and Mark Wallbank join Al Brown as judges on MasterChef NZ

Josh Emett and Mark Wallbank join Al Brown as judges on MasterChef NZ

rsz_masterchef_judges_josh_al_markMichelin star chef Josh Emett and acclaimed restaurateur Mark Wallbank will be joining Al Brown on the judging panel of TV3’s MasterChef New Zealand.

Emett and Wallbank have established themselves both nationally and internationally in the culinary world and are looking forward to testing the limits of the country’s best amateur cooks.

Emett, a judge on previous seasons of MasterChef New Zealand and a celebrity chef on the Australian version of the hit franchise, says: “I am hugely excited to be back in the MasterChef kitchen alongside Al and Mark. I have always enjoyed the process of making the show, and find it a very positive experience – meeting people and eating lots of great food.

“We have a real step up in contestants this year, so I am very intrigued to see how they will develop and progress through the challenges to come.”

Emett has an impressive international resumé, having earned an astounding four Michelin stars while working alongside Gordon Ramsay over an 11-year stretch in London, New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Beside him on the judging panel is Metro’s restaurateur of the year Mark Wallbank, who has revolutionised Asian dining in Auckland. All three of Mark’s restaurants – Woodpecker Hill, The Blue Breeze Inn and MooChowChow – appear on the 2015 Metro Top 50 Restaurant list, and his Chop Chop Noodle House features in the top 10 of Metro’s 100 Best Dinners Under $20.

Wallbank will be a fantastic source of knowledge for the MasterChef New Zealand contestants and says mentoring the contestants is something he knows he will enjoy. “As a restaurateur, I’m not only creating an environment for my guests to enjoy, I want my staff to enjoy being there too. A happy, stimulated team brings a fantastic feeling of enthusiasm to any restaurant. You can feel it when you dine there,” says Wallbank.

“That’s why I’m so excited about being a part of MasterChef. We’re taking these home cooks who are full of promise, pushing them, and finding out who has what it takes to be incredible.”

MasterChef is currently produced in over 40 countries around the globe, and airs in over 200.

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