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Heston Blumenthal scratched from MasterChef's 2020 season amid pay scandal

Heston Blumenthal scratched from MasterChef's 2020 season amid pay scandal

Network 10 has severed ties with Heston Blumenthal amid revelations a restaurant linked to the celebrity chef underpaid staff millions of dollars.

Blumenthal has been a regular guest on MasterChef, but he won’t return in 2020, officials for the network have confirmed.

“Heston has been a long-time member of the MasterChef Australia family, but he will not be appearing in the upcoming season,” a spokesman told the Herald Sun.

Earlier this month United Workers Union claimed $4.5 million was owed to workers of Dinner by Heston, which operates at the Crown complex in Melbourne.

While the restaurant carries the celebrity chef's name, Blumenthal is not a part-owner.

Heston Blumenthal has enjoyed regular appearances on MasterChef alongside hosts and judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

Other than confirming Blumenthal would not feature this year, Network 10 offered no reason as to why.

“Season 12 of MasterChef Australia is currently in production, and we look forward to showing viewers our amazing new judges and an incredible cast later in the year on 10,” the spokesman said.

The show has already undergone significant change, with originals George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston exiting the program after 11 seasons.

Andy Allen, Jock Zonfrillo and Melissa Leong will host this year’s run of 10’s flagship cooking show.

Calombaris is currently caught up in his own financial drama, with his restaurant empire facing voluntary administration after it emerged last year staff were backpaid $7.8 million in wages and superannuation in 2017.

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