The first New Zealand version of the globally popular cooking show MasterChef is coming soon to TV ONE.
TVNZ is calling for contestants from around the country to be on the show.
“TVNZ is thrilled to be producing a New Zealand version of this internationally popular show for Kiwi viewers,” says Jane Wilson, TVNZ General Manager of Programming.
“The Australian series, currently screening between 5pm and 6pm on TV ONE, was a huge success for Channel TEN reaching more than four million viewers. TV ONE’s version will build on the popularity of both the BBC and Australian MasterChef series. It is exciting to be able to give Kiwis the chance to particiapate in this show, and watch someone on their journey to be crowned the first ever MasterChef New Zealand.”
MasterChef gives budding chefs the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop their cooking skills, be mentored by the best, and ultimately make a change in their lives.
Initial rounds will see a large number of hopeful contestants from across New Zealand audition before the judges, in order to gain a place as a semi-finalist. Contestants must be at least 18 years or over at the time of their audition, and their main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.
The semi-finalists will then compete in several challenges, which test their food knowledge and preparation skills, to become a finalist. These finalists will then be whittled down through a number of cooking challenges and eliminations, until a winning MasterChef is crowned.
The New Zealand version will be produced by Imagination TV, and is based on the successful Australian Channel TEN version of the BBC format.
The host and judges are yet to be confirmed. To apply, go to tvnz.co.nz/masterchefnewzealand.[ad]