It was a case of serendipity when British-born food connoisseur turned MasterChef judge, Matt Preston, was asked to guest star in an episode of Adam Zwar's witty ABC comedy series Lowdown.
Preston insisted he wasn't out to try his luck with acting and rather caught the attention of script writer *Amanda Brotchie *as she sat in a Melbourne cafe pondering over an episode that Preston would later star in.
"She started writing the thesis for the character that I play and she kept hearing my voice," an excited Preston told AAA. "She'd write some more then hear my voice again, then she thought 'Maybe this should be played by Matt Preston'.
"Then when she got up to pay the bill, she turned around and I was sitting behind her. So purely by luck, they rang me up and (asked) would I like to do it and I said 'Well, it's absolutely terrifying, I'd better do it'."
Preston shook off any apprehension he had about accepting the TV role - he plays a detective who investigates the death of a journalist - to put on a convincing performance.
The episode - which airs at 9.30pm today on ABC1 - sees the Sunday Sun's star entertainment reporter Alex Burchill (Zwar) and four other journalists spend a night at the Bubble House compound before it is taken over by contestants of a new Big Brother-style reality show.
"It's a totally alien experience but they're so lovely and you kind of think they'll just go 'Oh no, it's another one of those celebrity, limelight hunting reality TV persons trying to become a slashie'," Preston laughed.
But when questioned about whether Ten was planning an Australian spinoff of the MasterChef: The Professionals series next year - which will reportedly see chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal at the helm - Preston wouldn't reveal whether he would be involved. "They're planning to make an announcement on what they've done and what they're going to do with it, so we're all waiting to see what happens there with that," he said.
"No one has tried to take Professionals and revamp it in a way that Fremantle revamped MasterChef. If they can pull that off it should be an interesting show."