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The Moment That Saw A MasterChef Judge Almost QUIT!

Matt Preston and his seemingly endless collection of cravats has to be one of our favourite parts of MasterChef.

But it turns out the reality judge almost pulled the pin on his role with the show after one particularly bad season.

And he wasn’t alone!

“I think we all thought about [quitting] seriously after season five,” Preston told News Corp.

“But I think we were all really glad we came back because we got the show back on track and we reverted back to what the show is all about which is to give the contestants every chance to succeed.”

For those who can’t remember, the fifth season saw contestants hit with curveballs and became in Preston’s own words “cheesy”.

It was eventually won by Emma Dean – however the finale saw viewing numbers drop from 2.19 million the previous season to just 1.06 million.

“We’ve tried to make the show all about the food and that’s when the show is at its best,” he said.

“When the food is good and the people have a legitimate dream they want to follow to make their life better, that’s when the show thrives and that’s what we’ve got this year.”

It’s a point the judges have said make them different from network rivals My Kitchen Rules.

Last week, the judges told how Manu Feildel and Pete Evans needed to take control back over choosing contestants.

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“We’re friends with Pete and Manu and the truth is, would I go and do that show — no,” MasterChef judge George Calombaris told the Herald Sun.

“We don’t let contestants bicker among each other on MasterChef Australia. There is none of that. We know that if they are supportive of each other the food will be good.”

Is it a winning formula for you? Or do you prefer the curveballs and controversy?

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