“They'd have to pay me a lot of money, mate, because my wife would divorce me and I hear they [divorces] are quite expensive!” the chef joked.
3The affable Aussie and the Lipstick Jungle actress have two sons, Hudson, 7, and Emerson, 4, and are based in California where Curtis runs several restaurants.
“I met my wife in California and her career was in Los Angeles so it's where we put down roots and started our family,” he recently told Advance.org
In July, Network 10 confirmed popular chefs George, Matt and Gary would not be returning to MasterChef in 2020, after failing to reach contract arrangements and falling ratings.
Despite originally claiming he and his former co-stars Gary and George quit MasterChef Australia after they were “unable to agree to all terms for the new contract," Matt has since revealed that he and his comrades were fired... and he found out about the sacking via social media.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the English born food critic, 57— who was doing press rounds when the news was announced— said he discovered he wouldn't be returning to the cooking series after an Instagram user claimed Network Ten had walked away from contract negotiations. Contrary to popular belief, a very salty Preston also revealed he was, in fact, happy with the salary that was offered, but it was Ten who decided to walk away from the mega-deal.
"We were happy with what was being offered, in fact we had accepted Ten’s financial offer to make the next series of MasterChef,” Preston told the publication. “We just failed to agree on the other terms," he added before admitting he could "say no more" about the issue as he remains under contract with the network.
Following news of their departure from the MasterChef Australia kitchen, a former Channel Ten executive producer has since come out of the woodwork claiming fellow judge George Calombaris was extremely rude to his staff before appearing on Studio 10's breakfast program.
Speaking on his TV Blackbox podcast, Rob McKnight alleged the celebrity chef once lost his patience with a female producer backstage, sensationally revealing the 40-year-old restaurateur "abused" and "screamed" at the young lady.
"He came out and abused a young 22-year-old for 10 minutes— just screamed at her," McKnight recalled of the confrontation
LISTEN: Rob McKnight slams George Calombaris for being rude to female producer
Calombaris' blow up was so intense, McKnight's colleagues were moved to contact their him while he was on a holiday.
Following the scary confrontation with the young producer, McKnight revealed the incident was such a "big deal", Calombaris' fellow judges intentionally boycotted the breakfast show for a number of years.
"No judge from MasterChef appeared on Studio 10 for two years [after the incident] as a sign of solidarity with his perceived issues with the show," McKnight declared.