Ex MasterChef Australia Judge

Ex MasterChef Australia Judge sells mansion – after being embroiled in an underpayment scandal

PHOTO: George Calombaris and his wife, Natalie Tricarico, have sold their Melbourne mansion for almost double what they paid for it in 2013.

George Calombaris and his wife, Natalie Tricarico, have sold their Melbourne mansion for almost double what they paid for it in 2013.

The couple, who purchased the five-bedroom Toorak property for $4.75million, listed it for sale in February 2020 as George’s hospitality empire teetered on the brink of collapse.

The house had an estimated value range of between $3.85million and $6.63million, but sold for $8.8 million.

Tidy profit: George Calombaris (pictured at the G'Day USA Gala in LA in January 2019) and his wife, Natalie Tricarico, have sold their Melbourne mansion for almost double what they paid for it in 2013

Tidy profit: George Calombaris (pictured at the G’Day USA Gala in LA in January 2019) and his wife, Natalie Tricarico, have sold their Melbourne mansion for almost double what they paid for it in 2013

The property boasts four bathrooms, a lift and a five-car garage, plus a recently constructed gym.

The buyer is listed as Chinese-born CHZH Finance Pty Ltd and CHZH Investment Pty Ltd corporate entities director Ka Ning Cheung, 35, according to domain.com.au.

Ross Savas from Kay & Burton was the agent who sold the property, and declined to comment.

The mansion was placed on the market in 2020, two weeks after George sold his four-bedroom Safety Beach holiday house for $1.01million.