Former MasterChef judge George Calombaris says he’s ‘hit the bottom’

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Former MasterChef judge George Calombaris says he’s ‘bottomed out’ but learned from his past mistakes and is ready for a ‘new chapter’

George Calombaris has revealed that he learned from his mistakes after hitting rock bottom.

In an interview with The Herald Sun Saturday, the 42-year-old said he is ready for the “next chapter” of his life.

“I’ve hit rock bottom, but I’ve only just written chapter one. Chapter two is ready to be written and I can only learn from my good, bad and ugly things,” he said.

Moving on: George Calombaris (pictured) has revealed that he learned from his mistakes after hitting rock bottom. In an interview with The Herald Sun on Saturday, the 42-year-old said he is ready for the ‘next chapter’ of his life

The former MasterChef Australia jury added: “Hopefully I can set an example, not only for my children, but also for young people in the industry that these are the lessons to think about.”

George has lent his expertise to charity events – and he hinted that a return to television could be at stake.

In 2019, the chef made headlines after it was revealed that he had underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8 million.

New chapter: 'I've hit rock bottom, but I've only just written chapter one.  Chapter two is ready to be written and I can only learn from my good, bad and ugly things,

New chapter: ‘I’ve hit rock bottom, but I’ve only just written chapter one. Chapter two is ready to be written and I can only learn from my good, bad and ugly things,” he said

The former TV star was fined $200,000 for underestimating 515 employees between 2011 and 2017 and will have his company audited for the next three years.

He was also fired along with veteran MasterChef co-juries Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid the controversy.

“Despite months of negotiations, Ten has failed to reach a commercial agreement that Matt, Gary and George found satisfactory,” Ten CEO Paul Anderson said in a statement in July 2019.

Out: George was eliminated alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (center) amid the controversy.  George revealed that he is still in touch with his former co-stars.

Out: George was eliminated alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (center) amid the controversy. George revealed that he is still in touch with his former co-stars. “We walk and talk, now and then we exchange cakes that we cook at home,” he said

George told The Herald Sun that he is still in touch with his former co-stars.

‘We walk and talk, now and then we exchange cakes that we cook at home. We were in each other’s pockets for 11 years of MasterChef,” he said.

New judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo took over the spots, leading to a 2020 blockbuster for the series.

Past: In 2019, the chef made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8 million

Past: In 2019, the chef made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8 million

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