TEN has confirmed MasterChef Australia will have a new home at the Melbourne Showgrounds, from 2013.
As reported by TV Tonight, the Alexandria kitchen in Sydney was no longer available for production, following the sale of the premises.
TEN Chief Programming Officer, David Mott, said “This is an exciting move for MasterChef Australia’s viewers and sponsors.
“What better way to explore fresh, new cuisines than to head to what is arguably Australia’s food capital?
“The Melbourne Showgrounds offers an exciting opportunity to create a new environment for MasterChef Australia, with a new kitchen, new challenges and new locations in Victoria’s acclaimed food and wine regions.
“We figure it is way past time we let our contestants loose in Melbourne. We can’t wait for MasterChef Australia 2013.”
Shine Australia Chief Executive, Mark Fennessy, added: “Since 2009, MasterChef Australia has enjoyed a wonderfully successful run in NSW. Filming in Melbourne represents an exciting new chapter for the world’s most popular cooking show.”
The Showgrounds site has previously been home to other TV productions including Thank God You’re Here and The Librarians.
The switch will come as bad news to NSW politicians, eager to retain production jobs in Sydney, but good news for the three judges and executive producer all of whom are Melbourne-based. The show has previously filmed in Melbourne for several seasons, including its 2012 premiere at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.
Applications for series five of MasterChef Australia are now open at www.masterchef.com.au.