Former MasterChef AU judge Matt Preston has opened up about what was on his mind in the days leading up to his decision to quit the popular TV show after 11 years.
Last year it was announced that Matt would be leaving the show along with his co-judges Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.
The 3 were offered a huge sum of money to stay, but opted to leave to pursue other projects.
"There were definite dark moments when I sat there and said to myself, 'What have I done?' Have I made the right decision?" he said in an interview with Stellar. "Should I have taken the money and the safe option and stayed?"
"We always said that we would stay together or go together."
In the end Matt simply asked himself if leaving was going to be "the worst thing that could happen career wise."
"And the answer was no" he stated.
Matt was offered a role on a new TV show called 'Plate of Origin' which also stars Gary Mehigan and MKR judge Manu Feildel.
Matt said was excited for the "opportunity to make a show that didn’t take nine months of [his] life."