As summer temperatures soared, MasterChef host George Calombaris and former Neighbours star Madeleine West kept cool by taking a dip at Byron’s Belongil Beach. They were joined by George’s wife Natalie Tricarico, and Madeleine’s hubby and MasterChef regular Shannon Bennett for a fun- filled family vacay.
George and Shannon, who are currently gearing up to film season 10 of MasterChef, lapped up the sun. The long- time friends – who have eight children between them – certainly had their hands full as they brought all the kids along for a family beach day.
The celebrity chefs swapped their chopping boards for surfboards and hit the waves before George and Madeleine frolicked in the water with their kids.
Of course, all eyes were on Madeleine, who showed off her incredible bikini bod in an aqua blue swimsuit. The former Neighbours star and mum-of-six says her trim figure is all down to good genes and running around after her kids.
‘I was a gymnast in another life, so luckily there is a lot of muscle memory there. I’m a fairly slender person anyway, always have been,’ she told Daily Mail Online. ‘With [six] kids and a set of stairs in our house, it’s amazing how much incidental exercise you get in.’
Who would guess that six kids are the secret to a slim, beach-ready figure!
Meanwhile, Shannon previously revealed that we have his wife to thank for his role as a series regular on MasterChef. Despite being buddies with George, Shannon revealed that he turned down a gig on the hit cooking show several times before Madeleine convinced him otherwise.
‘At the end of the day, it was Madeleine who changed my mind,’ Shannon told The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘She was watching the show and loving it. It gave people a tremendous amount of confidence to start cooking at home. It’s had a massive impact on the industry. I was happy to admit I was wrong.’
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