Junior MasterChef will screen on Sunday nights for three weeks before breaking for the Commonwealth Games.
The Age reports that when it returns on October 17 with its 50 contestants whittled down to 12 it will run on Sunday, Monday and Friday, with the final episode of the week being a Masterclass.
The winner will receive a $15,000 trust fund, the runner-up will get $10,000 and the third and fourth placegetters will each receive $5000.
Each of the 50 contestants on the show will take home a swag bag of goodies, including a Sunbeam MixMaster.
Other points of difference from the adult version include eliminations on a fortnightly basis, in groups of four; accumulation of points on an ongoing basis; and the award of points merely for participation.
The show premieres premiere 7.30pm Sunday September 12 going head to head with The X Factor.
Source: The Age