What a hair-raising flashback! Masterchef judge George Calombaris looks almost unrecognisable with a full head of thick hair in throwback Instagram snap

He's a well known Australian chef and restaurateur. 

But George Calombaris was almost unrecognisable in a flashback snap of his younger self during his time at his first Melbourne restaurant in 2003. 

A young George, aged 24, was dressed in his chef whites with a towering hat on top of a mop of dark hair as he posed with his arms crossed, looking fresh faced and full of youth.

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My, you've changed! George Calombaris looked almost unrecognisable in a flashback snap of his younger self during his time at his first Melbourne restaurant in 2003 (L)
My, you've changed! George Calombaris looked almost unrecognisable in a flashback snap of his younger self during his time at his first Melbourne restaurant in 2003 (L)

My, you've changed! George Calombaris looked almost unrecognisable in a flashback snap of his younger self during his time at his first Melbourne restaurant in 2003 (L)

George's full head of luscious locks is a stark contrast to his distinguished look he has become known for in recent years. 

The celebrity chef and reality cooking show judge now sports a decidedly slimmer figure than his younger self. 

Now 37, the Greek Australian chef resides in Melbourne and has become an admirable fixture on the Australian culinary scene after winning several big awards. 

Famous: Now 37, the Greek Australian chef resides in Melbourne and has become a fixture on the Australian culinary scene. Pictured with MasterChef judges (L-R) Gary Mehigan, guest Nigella Lawson and Matt Preston

Famous: Now 37, the Greek Australian chef resides in Melbourne and has become a fixture on the Australian culinary scene. Pictured with MasterChef judges (L-R) Gary Mehigan, guest Nigella Lawson and Matt Preston

Famous face: Before his time on MasterChef the celebrity chef was a regular fixture on the cooking show Ready Steady Cook 

Famous face: Before his time on MasterChef the celebrity chef was a regular fixture on the cooking show Ready Steady Cook 

Fans on the official MasterChef Australia Facebook were recently sent into a frenzy after another snap was posted, with many writing that they didn't even recognise him with a full head of hair.  

Plenty of fans also noticed his slimmer figure, which is the continuous result of a drastic 20 kilogram weight loss in 2013. 

Earlier this year, fellow MasterChef judge Matt Preston revealed that George is the one who keeps him and Gary Meighan in check on set during his SmoothFM radio show. 

Keeping them in line: Earlier this year fellow MasterChef judge Matt (centre) revealed that George is the one who keeps him and Gary (L) in check on set during his SmoothFM radio show 

Keeping them in line: Earlier this year fellow MasterChef judge Matt (centre) revealed that George is the one who keeps him and Gary (L) in check on set during his SmoothFM radio show 

The media identity, synonymous with wearing a cravat, revealed the chefs do their own cooking behind-the-scenes of the popular cooking show, rather than relying on a catering service.

But even their luxuries are super healthy Matt admitted, revealing: 'When we’re feeling particularly decadent we go for Vietnamese rice paper rolls'.  

'George has kept us very honest and very clean in what we eat on the set. Gary and I normally appreciate it,' he explained. 

Good behaviour: But even their luxuries are super healthy Matt admitted, revealing 'When we’re feeling particularly decadent we go for Vietnamese rice paper rolls' 

Good behaviour: But even their luxuries are super healthy Matt admitted, revealing 'When we’re feeling particularly decadent we go for Vietnamese rice paper rolls' 

In an interview with Women's Weekly last year, George revealed his appreciation for healthy eating comes from his fathers battle with bowel cancer, which he beat twice. 

'For me, I look at food like my religion and I have my beliefs in food,' the chef explained. 

He has revealed on multiple occasions that his children son James and daughter Michaela don't eat McDonalds and he will pack their lunches if they attend birthday parties at the fast food chain. 

Passion: In an interview last year he revealed 'For me, I look at food like my religion and I have my beliefs in food' 

Passion: In an interview last year he revealed 'For me, I look at food like my religion and I have my beliefs in food' 

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