With his award-winning establishments Fenix and Maribyrnong Boathouse among some of the finest dining experiences in Melbourne, Gary Mehigan's success knows no bounds. His natural leadership qualities were evident from the first season of MasterChef Australia and now he's back to put the next batch of the country's finest amateur cooks through their paces.
Having received training in world class restaurants, including The Connaught and Le Souffle in London in his early years, Gary has been based in Melbourne since 1991. He has headed the kitchen in some of the city's most prominent restaurants, including Browns, Burnham Beeches Country House and Hotel Sofitel before opening the award winning Fenix in 2000.
Before MasterChef, Mehigan was teaching Australians to cook through TV Shows, Boy's Weekend and Good Chef Bad Chef, and via a number of best selling cookbooks including Gary Mehigan's Comfort Food and Your Place or Mine with fellow MasterChef judge George Calombaris.
In Season 5, Gary is back to question and push the new contestants to be the best they can be, and show them first hand his wealth of cooking experience.