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() Gary Mehigan looked thrilled to be reunited with his former MasterChef co-star George Calombaris when he stopped by his pal's restaurant on Thursday.    

The pair were pictured hugging at George's Hellenic Republic restaurant in Brighton, as Gary, 52, enjoyed lunch with his wife Mandy. 

Their appearance together comes after Gary threw his support behind George and shared his concerns over the star's 'mental health' following their MasterChef exit. 

Reunited: Gary Mehigan looked thrilled to be reunited with his former MasterChef co-star George Calombaris, as he stopped by his pal's restaurant on Thursday

Dining out: Gary and George embraced as they caught up with one another

Reunited: Gary Mehigan looked thrilled to be reunited with his former MasterChef co-star George Calombaris, as he stopped by his pal's restaurant on Thursday

George, Gary and their fellow judge Matt Preston were all axed from the popular cooking competition back in July. 

But proving their friendships have stayed firmly intact, Gary looked thrilled to be back in George's company, as he dined out last week. 

Dressed casually in a grey polo shirt, camel jeans and dark navy gilet, Gary arrived hand-in-hand to his friend's eatery with his wife. 

Social visit: The former MasterChef judges looked were seen sharing a hug at George's Hellenic Republic restaurant located in Brighton

Social visit: The former MasterChef judges looked were seen sharing a hug at George's Hellenic Republic restaurant located in Brighton

Good friends: Despite their MasterChef axing in July, Gary and George have made sure their friendship has stayed intact

Good friends: Despite their MasterChef axing in July, Gary and George have made sure their friendship has stayed intact 

The couple were then seen catching up with George inside the venue, with Gary embracing his former co-star and the pair sharing a joke together over the table. 

George seemed to gift Gary with one of his cookbooks and both stars appeared in jovial spirits, as they caught up with one another over lunch. 

Gary has been on hand to support George after admitting he was worried for the culinary expert's 'mental health' following his MasterChef exit and a highly publicised underpayment scandal. 

Care to share? The men were seen sharing a joke while Gary's wife Mandy looked on

Care to share? The men were seen sharing a joke while Gary's wife Mandy looked on 

Content: George seemed in high spirits as he caught up with Gary over lunch

Content: George seemed in high spirits as he caught up with Gary over lunch

Need some inspiration, Gary? The star was seen showing off his cook book at the table

Showing off: George perused through the pages as he pointed out recipes to Gary and his wife

Need some inspiration, Gary? George was seen showing off his cook book at the table

Parting gift: Gary seemed to like the look of the cookbook, as he left with a copy in his hand

Parting gift: Gary seemed to like the look of the cookbook, as he left with a copy in his hand

Prior to MasterChef's shake-up, George was at the centre of a slew of

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