“Should some of these chefs be locked up?” guest host Fran Kelly asked.
“I cannot comment,” Liaw diplomatically said, adding: "Let’s not get giddy about celebrity chefs being thrown in prison because I don’t think we’re quite at the point yet.”
Liaw then revealed that he has also been underpaid as a young worker in the restaurant industry, earning as little as $5 an hour for some shifts.
“In my case that was $10 an hour and $5 an hour in some cases. But none of that is an excuse for not paying your employees properly.
“I have worked in an awful lot of restaurants. I have flipped burgers, washed dishes and cleaned toilets and in the vast majority of those jobs I was not paid an award wage.
“Generally the larger the organisation, the organisations that could afford to have payroll people to keep an eye on whether everyone was being paid accordingly, were the ones that paid better."
George has since broken his silence on the wage theft scandal, telling The Herald Sun: "There are two important things for Australians to know. The first is that when we discovered there were incorrect payments to members of the team, we self-reported to the Fair Work Ombudsman and co-operated with their investigation.
"The second is that our team members, past and present, have been back-paid in full, and the vast majority repaid before October 2017 in consultation with Fair Work.
"There is no excuse for this and we have the systems in place now."