Matt Preston is a food journalist and restaurant critic. Best known for his restaurant column in The Age newspaper’s food section, "Epicure", and as a judge on MasterChef Australia, Preston is also a writer for Vogue Entertaining + Travel and delicious magazines, and a former Creative Director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival .
Preston was educated at St Phillips Preparatory School in London and Worth Abbey in Sussex and graduated from the University of Kent with a BA Hons in Politics and Government. He began his career in the sales and marketing departments of British magazines, including City Limits where he wrote the "Backhanders" column for five years. He then spent four years with UK magazines, TVTimes and What’s on TV, becoming head of their promotions and marketing department. In 1993, Preston moved to Australia where he worked as an Australian soap opera correspondent for British magazines What’s On TV, TVTimes and Women’s Own.
Preston is a regular food correspondent on a number of publications, including Epicure, a supplement in The Age, Vogue Entertaining & Travel (Senior Editor), Delicious (Senior Editor), Australian Good Taste as the drink reviewer, The Guardian newspaper (UK) and Time Out (London). Preston has a weekly contributor to Epicure since 2000. In this role, he writes a weekly review of a cafe or restaurant. He also writes a weekly column in The Age's A2. Preston is a contributor to The Age Good Food Guide and Food and Wine (US).