Matt Preston is an award-winning food journalist and best-selling cookbook author. He is also the cohost and judge on one of the most-watched cooking shows in the world, MasterChef Australia.
Matt writes a national column for the ‘Taste’ section for all NewsCorp’s metro newspapers, read by 4 million Australians every week. He is also a senior editor for delicious. and taste magazines, and contributes to one of Australia’s best-read website, www.taste.com.au, which has a monthly reach of 2 million food lovers.
Best known as a judge and cohost on MasterChef Australia, Preston has now appeared in seven series of the ratings juggernaut as well as one series each of Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and MasterChef Allstars. In 2013 he hosted MasterChef: The Professionals with Marco Pierre White, which was named Australia’s Best Reality Show at the 2014 AACTA Awards. Matt has also appeared on MasterChef Italia, MasterChef Holland and MasterChef NZ.
MasterChef Australia and its variants are shown in over 150 countries around the world from Venezuela and the Philippines to the Sudan, the UK and Scandinavia. With a total worldwide audience of over 180 million, MasterChef Australia is also the highest-rating English-speaking program in India with over 3 million viewers, making Matt a star on the sub-continent.
Matt has released four best-selling cookbooks, which have been published in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Portugal. International sales make up 20% of Matt’s total book sales.
Matt is also a key social media influencer in Australia, with a combined international social media reach of over 500,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Matt is regularly rated as one of the top media personalities for social media engagement in Australia and has a mighty Klout score of 79+ reflecting the engagement of his followers and the range of his influence. On average, Matt’s Facebook posts reach 210,000 fans per week and his Facebook following increases by 2,500 fans per week.
Matt is also a keen tennis player but due to an extreme lack of talent, he is extremely unlikely to ever win a wild card slot for the Australian Open.