Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan (born 12 February 1967) is an English Australian chef and restaurateur living in Melbourne. Mehigan was one of the judges of the Network 10 series MasterChef Australia.[1]

Gary Mehigan
George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan 2016 TV Week Logie Awards (cropped).jpg
Mehigan at the Logie Awards of 2016
Born (1967-02-12) 12 February 1967 (age 54)
NationalityBritish Australian
OccupationChef, restaurateur
EmployerSeven Network
Mandy Mehigan
(m. 1992)



Mehigan trained at The Connaught and Le Souffle in London before moving to Melbourne in 1991.[2] He has headed the kitchen in some of Melbourne's most prominent restaurants including Browns, Burnham Beeches Country House and Hotel Sofitel before opening the award-winning Fenix in 2000 and later selling it to the Leonda By The Yarra group in 2013. He currently co-owns The Boathouse, in Melbourne suburb Moonee Ponds.[3]

He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2012 edition.[4]

Television careerEdit

Mehigan was one of the judges on Network 10's MasterChef Australia with George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

Mehigan also co-hosts two shows on Australia's LifeStyle Food channel, Good Chef Bad Chef (also on the Seven Network) and Boys Weekend[5] and appeared at the 2011 Good Food & Wine Show.

In July 2015, Mehigan began a new TV series called 'Far Flung with Gary Mehigan' where he travelled to various countries in Asia such as India, Vietnam, Laos, China and South Korea to learn local cooking techniques and recipes, which he uses as inspiration for a recipe he demonstrates at the end of each episode.

On 23 October 2019, it was announced that Mehigan and fellow MasterChef judge Matt Preston would join Manu Feildel in 2020 with a new show called Plate of Origin.[6]


  1. ^ Knox, David (11 January 2009). "Food critic becomes Masterchef host". Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Gary Mehigan, Official Site: Profile". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  3. ^ "The Boathouse, about us". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
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  5. ^ "Lifestyle Food Channel: Gary Mehigan, Chef". Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  6. ^ Fowler, Bella (23 October 2019). "MasterChef's Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan to Team Up with MKR Rival". Retrieved 24 October 2019.

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