Matthew Hopcraft

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Associate Professor

Matthew Hopcraft
Matthew Scott Hopcraft
EducationBDS, MDS, BA, Ph.D.
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Years active1995–present
TelevisionMasterChef Australia
TitleCEO, Australian Dental Association, Victorian Branch
Term2017 -

Matthew Scott Hopcraft (born 1971) is an Australian dentist, public health academic and television cook.

Hopcraft was raised in country Victoria and attended Mooroopna Secondary College.[1] He has the degrees of Bachelor of Dental Science, Master of Dental Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne,[2] and Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University.[3]

Upon graduation, Hopcraft served as a Dental Officer in the Australian Army, and worked in both public and private dental practices.[4]

Hopcraft was the Director, Assessments and Examinations at the Australian Dental Council and is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Melbourne Dental School of The University of Melbourne.[4] He was a member of the Council of the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association from 2005 to 2016,[2] President in 2011[4] and a federal councillor for 2 years.[5] He is currently co-director of Sugar-free Smiles, an organisation raising awareness of the health impacts of high sugar diets and advocating for the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.[6]

He has been widely cited by the media on matters related to dental health.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Hopcraft was selected in the Top 24 contestants in the 2015 reality television cooking program MasterChef Australia.[13] He was eliminated on 16 July 2015, finishing in sixth place.[14] His post-MasterChef career saw him release a cookbook in June 2017 called Food to Feed the Family. (ISBN 136420018X)

He is currently the CEO of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch.[15]



Hopcraft has been widely published since 2003. A list of his academic publications and presentations is available at The University of Melbourne website.


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  2. ^ a b "Matthew Hopcraft". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ "A/PROF Matt HOPCRAFT". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dr Matthew Hopcraft". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Federal Council". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
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  7. ^ "Children suffer the most as dental waiting list pain starts to bite". 13 February 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Dental hygiene linked to overall health". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. ^ Shahane, Neeraj (15 February 2012). "Need For More Dental Care Facilities". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Dental x-rays linked to brain tumours". 10 April 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  11. ^ Hall, Ashley (2 March 2012). "Can Australia afford universal dental care?". The World Today. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Victorian budget gives extra for dental care". 3 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Matthew Hopcraft". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Cheesed off: The MasterChef contestant out after a saucy clash with Marco Pierre White". 16 July 2015.
  15. ^ Bedo, Stephanie (20 August 2019). "Expert warn over controversial new anti-fluoride study". Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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