Ex-MasterChef judge Matt Preston debuts dramatic weight loss

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Matt Preston (centre, with fellow MasterChef judges George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan in 2016) has slimmed down in recent months. Photo: Getty Images.

Matt Preston, 58, appears to have been putting his obligatory post-MasterChef sabbatical to good use, debuting a slimmed-down figure following a dramatic weight loss.

The dapper food critic unveiled his new look in a chat with Sydney Confidential on Thursday, posing for pics in a navy double-breasted jacket and white-and-green striped pants.

“I have dropped a bit of weight and put on a bit of muscle,” he revealed.

Matt (pictured her on December 9) has revealed his incredible weight loss. Photo: Instagram/mattscravat.
Matt with author Tara Moss (left) in late October. Photo: Instagram/mattscravat.

Matt Preston’s weight loss

The British-born TV star credited his transformation to a ‘general lifestyle change’ which included overhauling his diet.

“I’ve been eating less, mainly plants but not restricting myself from anything. It is about having time, that moment when there are no more excuses,” he said.

The foodie now focuses on ‘moderation’ but admits he’s still going to treat himself to an ‘occasional’ burger or pizza.

Matt has also been filling the gap between finishing up his contract at Channel 10 and beginning a new role at rival network Seven with four workout sessions a week with a ‘brilliant’ personal trainer.

Matt at the Logies in 2010. Photo: Getty Images.

While it isn’t clear how much weight Matt’s lost - according to the publication he hasn’t weighed himself and doesn’t intend to - at almost two metres tall, the father-of-three has previously tipped the scales at 140kg.

Instead, the Logie award winner is measuring his success against other signs such as ‘if people notice and whether your clothes fit’.

Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan have jumped ship to Channel 7 to co-host Plate Of Origin with Manu Feildel. Photo: Channel 7.

Preston plates up

Matt is gearing up to co-host Channel Seven’s new cooking show, Plate of Origin, in the new year which will see him reunited with fellow former MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan.

MKR’s Manu Feildel will round out the hosting trio, with Matt and Gary’s old colleague George Calombaris noticeably absent from the program which will see teams of cooks from diverse cultural backgrounds compete to see which of their chosen cuisines is the best.

While there is currently no premiere date, Plate of Origin is expected to hit TV screens after the Tokyo Olympics wraps up in early August 2020.

Season 12 of MasterChef Australia will feature a new judging lineup consisting Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen.

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