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Series 2 Judges Unveiled

Legendary Kiwi chef Josh Emett will be joining Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie for series two of MasterChef New Zealand as we say goodbye to Ross Burden.

Emett is no stranger to pressure in the kitchen having successfully run restaurants for Gordon Ramsay in London, New York, Los Angeles and now Melbourne where he has opened Ramsay's first two restaurants in Australia - maze and maze Grill.

Emett has conquered kitchens across the globe, picking up four prized Michelin stars along the way, and is guaranteed to fire up the temperature in the MasterChef kitchen.

You may remember Emmet as a guest judge from the Bracu Degustation challenge from series one.

Emett says of his new role, "New Zealand is a nation of great amateur chefs, I am delighted to be coming back home to take part in MasterChef New Zealand and have the opportunity to meet a batch of motivated new chefs. But there will be no room for jokers, I am looking for dedication, determination and discipline."

Series One judge Ross Burden has decided to step out of the kitchen for series two to concentrate on his Law degree.

Burden says "I have had a blast on MasterChef New Zealand, I met some truly great budding chefs and hope to see them go on to do great things. Unfortunately I couldn't juggle both the juggernaut that is MasterChef with the demands of studying a Law degree so I've decided to concentrate on my studies. I'm stepping out of the studio for now but not out of the kitchen, I'll still be very active in the food arena."

TVNZ Commissioner Tony Manson says, "We'd like to thank Ross for the great contribution he made to series one and we're delighted to welcome Josh to the second series. We're really excited about what the next series of MasterChef New Zealand will serve up and invite promising chefs to apply now!"

The judges may have been announced but there's still time for you to get involved.

  Click here to apply for the second series of MasterChef New Zealand.