It follows the cooking show giving the network some of its best numbers of late, amid some concerns the show would sink lower than last year.
But audience reception has been positive for the show after extensive research on the show’s core values.
This year it has led with an “Ordinary People. Extraordinary Food” campaign, restoring more individual challenges and reducing the team challenges.
Last year as TEN looked enviously at My Kitchen Rules there were there were whispers of wanting character rivalry, but this year producers have restored a level of optimism and contestant aspirations.
“We are really pleased that our audience has re-embraced MasterChef Australia,” Programming Chief Beverley McGarvey tells News Corp.
“We are all very proud of the quality of the show this season and look forward to the audience building from this extremely promising start.”