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George Calombaris Pay Scandal Won't Hurt MasterChef: Ch 10

More than 160 people employed by the restaurant empire controlled by celebrity chief George Calombaris have received $2.6 million in back payments.

The money was paid after Calombaris' MAdE Establishment Group found payroll "discrepancies" in overtime calculations for 162 workers.

The MasterChef host said in a statement.

"I am so sorry we have messed up and let you down on a fundamental issue, which is to ensure our people are paid their full entitlements," 

"I am devastated by what has happened, and we have been working extremely hard to fix this," 

Back payments owed to each staff member averaged just over $16,000, MAdE CEO Troy McDonagh said.

The readjustments stretched back to 2011.

MAdE, which has 430 employees, also revealed that almost half of the staff were overpaid their base salary due to "poor processes in classifying employees".

It's now correctly classified "all team members who were affected, and all entitlements owed to the 162 current and past employees have been calculated and were paid today," it said in a statement.

Channel Ten have come out in support of Calombaris saying through a spokesperson:

“It is ridiculous and illogical to suggest that the issues at MAdE Establishment will affect the performance of the new season of MasterChef Australia,” 

“George Calombaris and his team at MAdE are dealing with the incorrect payments made to employees to ensure every affected employee receives their full entitlements."

“George has the full support of Network Ten."

“He is an integral part of MasterChef Australia and we know viewers are looking forward to welcoming him, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston back for an exciting and engaging new season of this much-loved and extremely popular show.”

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