Queenstown MasterChef judges serve up their thoughts on show

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The appetite is whetted for the latest MasterChef season – but don’t expect Queenstown’s two celebrity judges to reveal juicy details.

TV One’s MasterChef New Zealand season four aired its first episode last Sunday night and judges Josh Emett and Simon Gault – who both own restaurants in the resort – are excited about what lies ahead for viewers.

“It’s going to be a lot of good fun. There are some great contestants and there’s some amazing food. We eat really, really well this season, way more than other seasons,” Emett says.

“People put themselves out there and get good results.”

Emett’s Queenstown restaurant Rata features in the upcoming related series MasterChef MasterClass, which begins airing at the end of March.

Goult’s local Jervois Steak House doesn’t get air time but he won’t say whether contestants visit his six other New Zealand eateries. “I can’t tell you that, you’ll have to wait and see,” he says.

Emett and Gault agree that they, and third judge Ray McVinnie, are equally-tough judges.

“I think we’re all ourselves,” Emett says.

“I’m pretty honest about things, whether that’s being pretty brutal or being really positive, you have to be honest. You want to see people improving throughout the season.”

Gault says he doesn’t like sending contestants home: “I know whenever I cook something I want people to like it, that’s why we do it. You kind of feel for them.”