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Al Brown confirmed as MasterChef NZ judge

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Al Brown.
Al Brown.

MediaWorks is excited to announce that restaurateur and chef Al Brown will join the 2015 series of MasterChef New Zealand.

For the very first time on TV3, MasterChef New Zealand will bring together the best group of amateur cooks the competition has ever seen.

"I’m excited to be part of a new chapter for MasterChef New Zealand," says Al. "This series is going to create a fun, supportive and engaging environment for the contestants, with a real focus on showcasing some of our best and brightest local producers. I hope we can take the MasterChef experience to a whole new level and give it an added edge from the brand new kitchen headquarters."

The culinary bar will be set high, and Al’s first job will be to select the top 24 home cooks to join him and two fellow yet-to-be-announced judges in the MasterChef kitchen.

"I think MasterChef New Zealand has always given us a great snapshot of the culinary state of the nation and I’m looking forward to seeing what amateur cooks come out of the woodwork for this series!" says Al.

"I’ll be working on the the show behind the scenes, as well as being part of the judging panel. I’ve been thinking hard about some unique and informative new challenges for the contestants, and I’m looking forward to rolling them out."

Al’s approach to cooking is all about simplicity and generosity, with a belief that food is the vehicle for conversation, fun and memorable occasions. Viewers at home will be delighted to not only see some healthy competition in the kitchen, but also a showcase of dishes that can be achieved by everyday cooks.

"We are thrilled that Al Brown has come on board," says Head of Commissioning and External Production Sue Woodfield. "His down-to-earth passion for Kiwi food is the perfect fit for TV3. We look forward to Al mentoring our contestants and bringing MasterChef NZ back to the basics of simple food cooked to perfection."

MasterChef New Zealand show will be produced by Imagination TV for TV3 and will see a number of amateur chefs compete as a judging panel decides whether they have what it takes to be New Zealand’s next MasterChef.

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


Applications can be made at and will require aspiring contestants to fill out an application form and include a photo and/or video of themselves.

Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Additionally applicants must be at least 18 years old and available for 16 weeks from August to November.

MediaWorks has not released a specific closure date for applications and will continue to consider entries right up until filming begins.

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