Matt Preston (born 1961) is a British-born Australian food journalist, restaurant critic and television personality best known as a judge on the cooking competition reality series MasterChef Australia, since 2009.
Preston quickly became a TV favourite when MasterChef first aired. He was awarded the Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent at the 2010 Logie Awards and received a Silver Logie nomination for Most Popular New Male Talent.
Earning a swag of prestigious awards for his journalism and reviewing contributions, Preston most notably took out the World's Best Food Journalist 2008 (World Food Media Awards), a highly sought after honour.
Preston currently writes a column for the Taste section in the News Ltd. papers the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser and Courier Mail.
He continues to contribute to Australia's most prestigious food and lifestyle publications, including Delicious magazine and has previously worked for The Age newspaper's food section, Epicure, Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Australian Good Taste, Food & Wine (USA) and Saveur (USA).
Before joining MasterChef Australia, Preston was Creative Director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, a role he held for over five years and one which saw him transform the festival into a world-class event.
2012 saw Preston release his first cookbook, Matt Preston's 100 Best Recipes, published by Plum for Pan Macmillan.