'I became this egotistical little w****r': Masterchef's George Calombaris admits early success went to his head... as he reveals he never does the cooking at home

Masterchef judge George Calombaris is renowned for his 'tell it like it is' approach to life. 

So it comes as no surprise the 37-year-old gourmand was more than happy to admit that had an ego problem when he first hit culinary stardom.

Speaking to the Herald Sun this week, George revealed that he let fame get to his head after winning the title of Apprentice of the Year aged just 24, saying: 'I became this egotistical little w****r'.

King of the kitchen:  Masterchef judge George Calombaris, 37, has admitted that had an ego problem when he first hit culinary stardom

King of the kitchen:  Masterchef judge George Calombaris, 37, has admitted that had an ego problem when he first hit culinary stardom

'I cooked what I wanted to cook and if you didn’t like it, I didn’t give a f***. That was quite obnoxious, and not what I’m about now', he admitted. 

George, however, soon learned that his attitude was a roadblock to his success. 

'Yes, I am about my own style, and I will cook what I want to cook, but I have to listen to the people eating it — if you don’t, you are not going to last. It did take a big smack in the head for me to learn that,' he admitted.

'I became this egotistical little w****r': Speaking to the Herald Sun this week, George revealed that he became obnoxious after winning the title of Apprentice of the Year aged just 24

'I became this egotistical little w****r': Speaking to the Herald Sun this week, George revealed that he became obnoxious after winning the title of Apprentice of the Year aged just 24

The award winning chef also revealed that while he will cook up a storm in the commercial kitchen 'three or four times a week', things are a bit different back at home. 

'I love giving tips to people that want to cook at home to make their life easier, but I just don’t like the idea of cooking at home myself', he revealed.

While he may not actually put pan to stove at home, George has previously revealed that he does pack his son and daughter's lunches when they go to birthday parties so that they aren't tempted to eat fast food.

Unexpected! The award winning chef also revealed that while he will cook up a storm in the commercial kitchen 'three or four times a week', things are a bit different back at home

Unexpected! The award winning chef also revealed that while he will cook up a storm in the commercial kitchen 'three or four times a week', things are a bit different back at home

'I'm teaching my son and daughter about whole food and real food and they understand,' he told DMA in an interview last month.

'Some kids don't even know that a nut comes from a tree - they think it grows underground.'

Despite leading a healthy lifestyle, Calombaris, who is one of Melbourne's most prolific restaurant owners of a souvlaki bar called Jimmy Grants, does admit he occasionally takes his family to some fast food joints.

'We do eat fast food - I own four fast food places and that's Jimmy Grants and that was me putting my money where my mouth was,' he laughed.

A tasty treat! Despite leading a healthy lifestyle, Calombaris, who is one of Melbourne's most prolific restaurant owners of a souvlaki bar called Jimmy Grants, does admit he occasionally takes his family to some fast food joints

A tasty treat! Despite leading a healthy lifestyle, Calombaris, who is one of Melbourne's most prolific restaurant owners of a souvlaki bar called Jimmy Grants, does admit he occasionally takes his family to some fast food joints

 

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