‘Masterchef Australia’ returns to M-Net for season 16. Image: supplied

‘Masterchef Australia’ returns for season 16: Where to watch in SA

Two new judges, and 22 contestants, here’s what to expect and where to watch ‘Masterchef Australia’ season 16 in South Africa.


‘Masterchef Australia’ returns to M-Net for season 16. Image: supplied

Masterchef Australia will be returning for it’s 16th season on Tuesday 25 June for South African viewers. Here’s where to watch in South Africa.


Masterchef Australia season 16 will premiere on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on Tuesday 25 June at 18:00. The series will run from Monday to Friday at 18:00 until the finale airs on 3 September. 22 of Australia’s home cooks will be competing against each other in season 16, until one is crowned the Masterchef Australia season 16 winner.

Season 16 promises tougher challenges, bigger names and higher stakes set to make this season the best in history. There’s two new faces to the judging table as well. So, who are the season 16 judges?

  • Australian cook and critic Andy Allen
  • Food critic and journalist Sofia Levin – who’s been a stalwart of the food reviewing scene for over a decade
  • Multi–Michelin Star chef Jean-Christophe Novelli – who also owns one of the world’s top cookery schools
  • Much-loved runner-up in MasterChef Australia’s first season, Poh Ling Yeow.

All four incredibly talented judges each bring a lifetime of knowledge to the MasterChef Australia kitchen and will guide the 22 food-besotted contestants through intricate challenges, pushing them to their culinary limits to create mind-blowing creations and memorable dishes until one is crowned MasterChef Australia winner 2024.


Poh Ling Yeow opened up about Masterchef Australia season 16 in an interview with Refinery29. She explained that Masterchef changed her life and made her a household name. She went on to say that she was fortunate enough to have had her own cooking show and has went on to achieve so much after being crowned runner-up of Masterchef Australia season one.

MasterChef definitely changed my life. It heli-dropped me into the centre of the Australian food scene. Five months after the completion [of the first season], I popped out and I was a household name!,” said Yeow to the publication.

“But then I was really fortunate to have my own cooking show really quickly after I finished. I mean, it wasn’t even two weeks after I’d come out of the show that I got offered my own TV show. It’s been a real whirlwind for 15 years, and I literally feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground,” she continued.

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