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Meet MasterChef Australia Judge Jean-Christophe Novelli

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MasterChef Australia is back for 2024 and alongside 22 new contestants, Jean-Christophe Novelli joins the kitchen as part of the all-new judging lineup.

From mentoring aspiring chefs to heading some of the world’s most-esteemed Michelin-star restaurants, Jean-Christophe brings a wealth of experience to Australia’s favourite cooking show. 

Watch Below: First Look at MasterChef Australia 2024.

“Australian cuisine has a remarkable reputation on the world stage, and it will be a great privilege to meet and mentor the country’s top home cooks on their journeys to greatness,” the chef told Ten ahead of his first MasterChef season. 

As Jean-Christophe continues to share valuable guidance for this year’s chefs, many have become more curious about his culinary career. 

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Jean-Christophe joins the MasterChef Australia kitchen. (Credit: Ten)

Who is Jean-Christophe Novelli?

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a French chef, restauranteur, and television presenter. 

The 63-year-old made his first foray into the world of food as a teenager, scoring his first professional role at 20 years old as a personal chef for the Rothschild family. 

After moving across the channel to England in the early 1980s, Jean-Christophe worked in several luxury hotel restaurants before establishing his own restaurants with locations in London, France, and South Africa. 

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The French chef has almost five decades of culinary experience. (Credit: Getty)

In 2005, the French chef rose to fame alongside former MasterChef UK judge Gary Rhodes as the Head Chef of Hell’s Kitchen and has since made a number of guest appearances on UK morning show The Morning. 

The same year, Jean-Christophe also established the Novelli Academy – a cooking school based out of his 14th-century manor home in Hertfordshire, England.

“I love mentoring. I love watching people doing well, and I love watching people who don’t do well [because] very quickly that I can actually conduct them to change. I love giving tips,” he told Chattr. 

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Jean-Christophe has been married to Michelle Kennedy since 2008. (Credit: Getty)

Who is Jean-Christophe Novelli’s wife?

Jean-Christophe Novelli has been married to Michelle Kennedy since 2008. 

The couple share three children; Jean (born 2008), Jacques (born 2012), and Valentino (born 2016). 

The celebrity chef is also father to DJ and singer Christina Novelli, whom he shares with his first wife Tina. 

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