Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston on the set of Masterchef. Picture: Ten

An African-born refugee is among the 18 chefs selected for the 2013 edition of MasterChef: The Professionals.

Network Ten has announced the contestants, who will be guided by chef Marco Pierre White and food critic Matt Preston.

Akuc Isaac Chol, 27, was born in Sudan to an Eritrean mother and South Sudanese father, according to a Ten statement.

Her family fled to Egypt when she was six and lived there for nine years before moving to Australia as refugees.

Akuc studied commercial cookery at TAFE. She began her apprenticeship at Sydney’s Spice Temple restaurant and completed it at Lochiel House in the Blue Mountains.

Another contestant, Anthony Bantoft, lives in south Florida.

According to Ten, he works on luxury yachts and has cooked for celebrities including Penelope Cruz, Sean Connery, Tommy Lee Jones and Andre Agassi.

Production of MasterChef has started, though it will not air until next year.

The West Australian

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