This is why Ben Ungermann was disqualified from MasterChef Australia

MasterChef Australia’s season 12 contestant, Ben Ungermann, left viewers in a state of shock after he was disqualified from the competition, reportedly due to sexual assault allegations made against him.

MasterChef Australia’s season 12 contestant, Ben Ungermann, caused pandemonium amongst viewer’s mid-season, when he exited the competition without any warning. According to the show, he had to suddenly leave the competition and urgently return home for “personal reasons”. The twelfth season, which aired in early 2020, is the latest and most controversial season to date, as viewers claimed that the production could have provided more information on the departure of one of their favourite contestants at the time of his dismissal.

After receiving numerous requests for a comment, MasterChef Australia judge, Jock Zonfrillo, addressed the issue during an episode in season 12. He stated, “You’re probably wondering where Ben is. Due to a personal matter, Ben has had to leave the competition and he will not be returning.”

According to Australian media, Ben is facing three counts of sexual assault charges, allegedly committed against a 16-year-old girl during a trip to Melbourne in February. The chef is currently under investigation, with the court yet to deliver its verdict on his case.

On Thursday, 31 December 2020, Ben took to Instagram to break his silence on the matter. He stated, “When I look back to what happened this year, heartbreaks and hardships are not the only things that come to mind. I’ve learnt a lot this year. I’ve learned more about self-growth, relationships and family. This year, I’ve been exposed to the ugly side of people, the media and social platforms. I have kept quiet for a long time and weathered the abuse of the sheep who follow the headlines and know nothing about me.”