The departure of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris from Masterchef has left a hole in Australian television.
And while speculation runs rife as to who will replace the trio, celebrated chef Maggie Beer, 74, said she will not be one of the replacements.
Speaking to 9Honey on Wednesday, The Cook and the Chef star quickly dashed any hope she would appear on the Channel 10 show, explaining she was too busy with other projects.
No Beer for you! Maggie Beer (pictured) has dashed any hope of returning to Masterchef as a permanent judge. The cooking legend was previously a guest judge and a masterclass presenter on the hit cooking show
‘My focus is the Maggie Beer Foundation and my ongoing work with aged care,’ she said.
‘I am also focusing on my family time. I would not be able to commit to such a massive undertaking as a permanent judge.’
The Maggie Beer Foundation was established in 2014 to improve the food for eldery Australians, particularly those living in aged care homes.
Maggie had previously appeared several times as a guest judge and guest masterclass presenter on the hit cooking show.
The original trio! Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris (left to right) have left a vacuum in Australian television since departing from Masterchef
Meanwhile, fellow rumoured replacement judge Poh Ling Yeow, 46, did not deny the rumours that she would be a new host.
‘This is show business, you never know!’ she said.
Poh Ling was MasterChef Australia’s first ever winner in 2009 and has gone on to have a successful career, as well as being a mentor on the show.
Michelin star winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone, 43, appeared as a judge on the show in 2018 and 2019, also making him a prime candidate for a permanent role.
NEW MasterChef lineup: Chefs Poh Ling Yeow and Curtis Stone are rumoured to step into the roles held by the original trio since 2009