Who is Sofia Levin? Get to know the new MasterChef Australia Judge

Take a closer look at her life away from the MasterChef kitchen.
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After 15 years of encouraging her followers to #EatCuriously, journalist Sofia Levin is transitioning her passion for food from text to television – joining the judging panel of MasterChef Australia 2024. 

Starring alongside fan-favourite MasterChef alumni Andy Allen and Poh Ling Yeow, Sofia joins fellow newcomer Jean-Christophe Novelli as they guide the latest group of contestants through their culinary journey in Australia’s favourite kitchen. 

Speaking ahead of her MasterChef debut, Sofia wrote to her newsletter, “Of course it’s nerve-racking, but I’m taking MasterChef as a MasterResponsibility.”

“Everyone has varying comfort zones and levels of open-mindedness, and I’ve always believed the best versions of people emerge when we expand them. What better place to teach, learn, and grow than on the world’s most popular reality cooking show.” 

As Sofia continues her MasterChef journeywe get to know more about her life away from the kitchen. 

Get to know the MasterChef star. (Credit: Instagram)

Who is Sofia Levin? 

Sofia Levin is a food and travel journalist and presenter based in Melbourne. 

Best known for her blog and newsletter The Seasoned Traveller, Sofia is passionate about exploring and celebrating cultural diversity through food – a value that she champions through her #EatCuriously movement. 

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Sofia’s commentary has appeared in publications across the globe, including The Guardian, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and SBS Food. 

Away from the world of food, Sofia is also a proud mum to her Instagram-famous toy poodle Jinkee, with her adorable antics amassing over 66,000 followers. 

Sofia continues to share her love of food through her Seasoned Traveller newsletter. (Credit: Instagram)

Who is Sofia Levin’s partner?

Although she has yet to confirm her relationship status, it is believed that Sofia Levin is currently in a relationship.

While her social media remains primarily dedicated to her culinary adventures, some eagle-eyed fans of the MasterChef judge spotted a mystery man in several of Sofia’s travel photos, with the most recent being from her September 2023 trip to Paris.

Sofia Levin sitting at a dinner table.
Sofia shared this romantic dinner snap on Instagram in September 2023. (Credit: Instagram )

Prior to her most recent relationship, Sofia was previously linked to Epic Pizza owner Matt John. 

The exact timeline of the couple’s relationship remains unknown, however, Sofia did share in May 2016 that she and Matt were engaged, with the pair celebrating their wedding in September 2017.

Following their nuptials, Sofia shared photos alongside Matt regularly, however, he has not appeared on her social media since 2019.

Sofia was previously engaged to fellow foodie Matt John. (Credit: Instagram) (Credit: Instagram)

Before Sofia confirmed her relationship with Matt, the celebrity chef was rumoured to be linked to Today presenter Karl Stefanovic, however, the MasterChef host debunked any speculation surrounding a potential romance. 

“We’re just friends. I’m in the middle of planning my wedding,” Sofia told Woman’s Day at the time. 

“Yes, we FaceTime and text each other, but I don’t believe my relationship with Karl is at all inappropriate… We just got along really well and have stayed in touch.” 

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