Exclusive: MasterChef Australia will indeed have a new home in 2013 with the building that has been its home for four seasons no longer available for filming.
The site in Doody Street, Alexandria, has been leased for the past four years but has been sold to new owners who aren’t interested in continuing the with the show, which films for several months across the year.
Talk of the show’s future has speculated about a shift to the Melbourne Showgrounds, which prompted New South Wales politicians to wax lyrical about the value of the multi-million dollar production, and its jobs, to the State.
TV Tonight understands Shine producers are looking at options in both Sydney and Melbourne, but the southern state, which is home to all three judges and producer Margie Bashfield, could help give the show a helpful makeover for its 5th season.
As well as being considered the “food capital” Melbourne is also home to the biggest TV audience in the country. The Block scored two big seasons by switching to the south but returns to New South Wales for 2013.
MasterChef‘s final episode at Alexandria will be the current All Stars finale, to air on Sunday night.