Everything We Know About MasterChef: Dessert Masters 2023

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The cast of MasterChef: Dessert Masters 2023
From Minoli De Silva's Sri Lankan dishes to Reynold Poernomo's exquisite desserts, MasterChef Australia has exposed us to an abundance of delicious food and entertainment over the years.
Now, the popular cooking franchise is introducing a spin-off series that will focus particularly on sweet treats, and who can say no to watching delectable desserts being whipped up on reality TV?
The first season of MasterChef: Dessert Masters will premiere in November 2023, and a second season has already been announced for 2024.
Here is everything we know about the 2023 season of MasterChef: Dessert Masters.

Who Is In The Cast?

While previous seasons of MasterChef Australia have featured home cooks who are talented in cooking various kinds of dishes, MasterChef: Dessert Masters focuses on acclaimed pastry chefs competing in the kitchen for a chance to be named Australia’s first ever 'Dessert Master'. There are 10 famous faces appearing on the show this year, and co-host Melissa Leong promises they are the best of the best.
“Our cast for Dessert Masters is a loaded-to-the-gills, top-of-the-pops, créme de la créme of Australia’s pastry industry," she said in an official press statement.
"It doesn’t get any better, more high calibre, more magical than these chefs, who all bring their own unique take on sweet creations to their own worlds, and now, to ours. I am beyond thrilled — and honoured — to be working with such brilliant, talented and generous people… but boy do I have my work cut out for me!"

Kirsten Tibballs

Kristen Tibballs is the owner of Savour School and host of Chocolate Queen TV. You can follow Kirsten Tibballs on Instagram here.

Reynold Poernomo

Reynold Poernomo is an ex-MasterChef finalist and the owner of Sydney dessert bar, KOI. Follow Reynold Poernomo on Instagram here.

Anna Polyviou

Anna is a culinary author, host and 'Pastry Rebel' and she also starred in the ninth season of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! You can follow Anna Polyviou on Instagram here.

Adriano Zumbo 

Adriano is the creative mind behind the dessert brand Zumbo. You can follow Adriano Zumbo on Instagram here.

Jess Liemantara

Jess competed in the 2018 season of MasterChef and later opened her very own patisserie in the heart of Melbourne. You can follow Jess Liemantara on Instagram here.

Morgan Hipworth 

Morgan created a multi-million dollar doughnut business at the age of 15. You can follow Morgan Hipworth on Instagram here.

Kay-Lene Tan

Kay-Lene studied at culinary institutions Coda and Tonka for eight years before joining the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Melbourne as an executive chef. You can follow Kay-Lene Tan on Instagram here.

Andy Bowdy

Andy Bowdy has already spent some time in the MasterChef kitchen, hosting his own masterclass episode. You can follow Andy Bowdy on Instagram here.

Rhiann Mead

Rhiann Mead recently joined The Charles Brasserie in Sydney as Head Pastry Chef. You can follow Rhiann Mead on Instagram here.
Gareth was formally the head pastry chef at Dinner by Heston restaurant. You can follow Gareth Whitton on Instagram here.

Who Are The Judges?

The judges of MasterChef: Dessert Masters are former MasterChef judge Melissa Leong and internationally renowned chef Amaury Guichon, who appeared in the MasterChef Australia 2023 grand finale.
In October, Channel Ten announced Leong will be stepping away from MasterChef to focus on Dessert Masters.
“Over the past four years, MasterChef Australia has infused my life with something truly magical. It has provided me with life-changing experiences that have given me the courage to continue to put myself outside of my comfort zone," Leong said in a statement released by Channel Ten.
“The great honour of growing the MasterChef Australia family with the introduction of Dessert Masters is not lost on me. I relish the sweet opportunity to nurture this special series alongside Amaury."
In the official announcement of Dessert Masters, Leong said desserts have the capacity to be "magical".
"I’m excited to see what these talented chefs are capable of when let loose in the MasterChef kitchen," she said.
"Creating a memorable dessert takes years of practice, technique and an exacting eye for detail. Throw people with these qualities into a place like the MasterChef kitchen and stand back… who knows what they will bring to life."
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MasterChef: Dessert Masters judges Melissa Leong and Amaury Guichon

What Is The Air Date?

MasterChef: Dessert Masters premieres at 7:30pm on Sunday, November 12 on Channel Ten and 10Play. It's part of a huge slate of reality TV shows released by the network this year including a regular season of MasterChef called MasterChef Australia: Secrets & Surprises, plus The Bachelor, Australian Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, The Challenge Australia and The Real Love Boat.

What Is The Prize?

The winner of MasterChef: Dessert Masters will walk away with a $100,000 cash prize.
MasterChef: Dessert Masters premieres at 7:30pm on Sunday, November 12 on Channel Ten and 10Play.
Remember to keep checking back here as we continue updating the behind-the-scenes details about the 2023 season of MasterChef: Dessert Masters.
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