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'MasterChef' Australia bosses take criticism on board

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Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris from MasterChef Australia

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The format of Australian MasterChef may be reviewed next year.

Matt Preston, who judges the reality television show alongside chefs Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, said that producers of the show should take criticism on board after various viewers complained about makeover programme The Renovators being aired in between the two parts of Sunday night's MasterChef final.

The food critic told The Daily Telegraph: "Our job is to listen to that criticism and see what is valid," while Mehigan added that the Ten Network should cut the show down to three nights a week. "Channel Ten would never let that happen [but] I don't want to kill it by being on air too much," he said.

Mehigan also revealed that he would like to see visual changes made, saying: "I'd love to see it move on - turn that dramatic brown [of the set] into something completely different. I'd love MasterChef to be something - and I still think it is - that people look forward to coming back."

A Ten spokesperson said that TV bosses stand by their decision to air The Renovators in the middle of MasterChef's last episode, saying: "[It's now] starting to get some good audience traction."

An audience of more than 2.5 million people tuned in to watch New South Wales mum Kate Bracks beat Michael Weldon in this year's finale, a 1.4 million ratings drop from last year's final episode.

Watch the moment when Kate Bracks won this year's MasterChef below (Australian readers only):

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