Andy Allen (chef)

Andrew Peter Allen (born 30 April 1988) is an Australian chef. He is notable for winning the fourth season of MasterChef Australia in 2012,[1] and for being a judge on Masterchef from 2020.

Andy Allen
Andrew Peter Allen

(1988-04-30) 30 April 1988 (age 32)
EducationMaitland Grossmann High School
OccupationTelevision cook, former electrician
PredecessorKate Bracks
SuccessorEmma Dean
AwardsWinner, MasterChef Australia
WebsiteAndy Allen

MasterChef AustraliaEdit

Allen won the fourth season of MasterChef Australia. After making it to the final, Allen beat fellow finalists Audra Morrice and Julia Taylor in a three-way contest. Facing only Taylor for the final two rounds, Allen won with a score of 76 to Taylor's 68.

Allen appeared in an episode of MasterChef Australia All-Stars in August 2012.[citation needed]

He returned in the eleventh season as a professional Secret Chef, and lost to Sandeep Pandit by a perfect score, 30, in an Immunity Pin Challenge. His score was kept secret, but was revealed on Facebook to be 24.[2]

In October 2019, he was announced as one of three of the new MasterChef judges who will replace George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.[3] He becomes the third former contestant and winner worldwide to become a regular judge, after U.S. winners Christine Ha and Claudia Sandoval.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Allen was originally an electrician by occupation.[4][5] He is also a basketball player with the Maitland Mustangs.[6] He also volunteered to work on extensions to his local basketball stadium.[7]

Allen's father Peter is a teacher at Bolwarra Public School,[8] and was also the primary cricket convenor for the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association.[9] Allen's mother was also a teacher for East Maitland Public School.[citation needed]


Allen has pursued a career in the Hospitality industry and now co-owns a restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, that has 5 locations around Australia, in Bronte, Rosebery and Byron Bay in NSW, as well as Brisbane and Melbourne.[10] In 2021, he appeared as a co-host in Three Blue Ducks, a cooking show based on travelling throughout Australia to find inspiration for new dishes that will appear on the permanent restaurant menu.[11]


  1. ^ Byrnes, Holly (26 July 2012). "Andy Allen is 2012 MasterChef winner". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  2. ^ Andy Allen's score, retrieved 19 September 2019
  3. ^ "MasterChef Australia: New judges announced". 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ Rockman, Lisa (22 October 2019). "Maitland electrician turned MasterChef judge Andy Allen is about to become a household name". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: MasterChef judge Andy Allen shares his engagement news". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Andy Allen's amazing journey from Maitland Mustang to a MasterChef Judge". The Maitland Mercury. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Federation Centre makeover tips off at Maitland venue". 28 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ Berry, Rebecca (18 July 2012). "Maitland's Andy sizzles on MasterChef". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  9. ^ "2012 NSWPSSA Executive and Conveners". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  10. ^ Quinn, Paul. "Home". Three Blue Ducks. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Foodies Rejoice! Three Blue Ducks Serves Up A Tasty New Series". Network Ten. ViacomCBS ANZ. 27 January 2021. Archived from the original on 31 January 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
Preceded by
Kate Bracks
MasterChef Australia

Succeeded by
Emma Dean