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Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi shuts down rumours he’s joining ‘boring’ MasterChef

‘You couldn’t pay me a million bucks to do it!’ Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi shuts down rumours he’s joining ‘boring’ MasterChef as a judge

He’s been touted as a possible replacement for MasterChef’s ousted judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston, 

But celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi made it clear he won’t be joining the show any time soon, telling The Daily Telegraph on Sunday: ‘You couldn’t pay me a million bucks to do it.’

The Italian pizza guru, who has previously appeared on the show as a guest judge, didn’t mince words when describing his time on MasterChef’s film set. 

'You couldn't pay me a million bucks to do it!' Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi (pictured) has shut down rumours he's joining 'boring' MasterChef as a judge

‘You couldn’t pay me a million bucks to do it!’ Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi (pictured) has shut down rumours he’s joining ‘boring’ MasterChef as a judge

‘It may look exciting but the reality is it is the slowest, most boring production you can imagine,’ he said.

‘And watching it … from the perspective of an actual chef … it’s like watching grass grow,’ he later added.

The sharp-tongued chef also took a stab at outgoing judge George Calombaris, whose hospitality empire underpaid 515 employees over a six years. 

Ouch! 'It may look exciting but the reality is it is the slowest, most boring production you can imagine,' Stefano (pictured) said

Ouch! ‘It may look exciting but the reality is it is the slowest, most boring production you can imagine,’ Stefano (pictured) said  

Who will it be? The replacements for MasterChef's ousted judges Gary Mehigan. George Calombaris and Matt Preston (pictured) have not yet been announced by Network Ten

Who will it be? The replacements for MasterChef’s ousted judges Gary Mehigan. George Calombaris and Matt Preston (pictured) have not yet been announced by Network Ten 

Stefano said that the staff working at his restaurant, West HQ in Sydney’s Rooty Hill, are ‘respected’ and paid according to fair work standards.   

Last month, George was forced to make a $200,000 ‘contrition payment’ as part of a deal with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The company will have to introduce a new payroll system and workplace relations training will also be given to staff.

Pay controversy: Last month, George was forced to make a $200,000 'contrition payment' as part of a deal with the Fair Work Ombudsman

Pay controversy: Last month, George was forced to make a $200,000 ‘contrition payment’ as part of a deal with the Fair Work Ombudsman

He will also have to make a number of statements promoting compliance with the Fair Work Act.

In an interview with ABC journalist Leigh Sales last Wednesday, George tried to explain himself, claiming he was consumed with the creative aspect of the business, and had not realised things were slipping the back end.

He apologised, said he was determined to be a force for change in the industry and begged customers not to hurt his present staff by boycotting his venues.

Sorry: In an interview with ABC journalist Leigh Sales last Wednesday, George tried to explain himself, claiming he was consumed with the creative aspect of the business, and had not realised things were slipping the back end

Sorry: In an interview with ABC journalist Leigh Sales last Wednesday, George tried to explain himself, claiming he was consumed with the creative aspect of the business, and had not realised things were slipping the back end

Daily Mail UK

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