TEN has confirmed MasterChef: The Professionals will kick off its 2013 ratings year.
News Limited reports chef Marco Pierre White arrives in Australia within a fortnight and filming will commence at Melbourne Showgrounds kitchen later in November.
The spin-off, co-hosted with Matt Preston, sees 18 professional chefs against one another.
If it involves more than one episode a week the series could even go head to head with Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, particularly now that The Project will return to 6:30-7:30pm. That allows Nine some free airspace as the sole Reality show to begin at 7pm -a “free kick” as it were.
The show could also be paired with The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation.
A standard MasterChef season will also air later in 2013.