"They just stared at me like I was the worst thing to walk the earth."
The celebrity chef was a guest in the first episode of 'MasterChef Australia: Back To Win'.
Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo have replaced George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston as judges.
While other TV dramas and reality shows pause production, the cooking program has continued by adopting social distancing measures.
'It all started with George Calombaris. What happened to him was so unfair and unforgiving, it almost turned me against the industry itself.'
His two Sydney dessert bars are back in business after adapting their outlets to adhere to strict government guidelines ahead of the Easter weekend.
It took the Sydney eatery "a whole lot of 15 hour-days and sleepless nights" to adapt to the coronavirus crisis.
The grand finale was brought forward by a week due to coronavirus concerns.
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The reality star highlighted the impact that COVID-19 has had on many jobs in hospital, travel and entertainment.