When MasterChef finishes its current series the rights revert to Shine Australia, leaving FremantleMedia Australia without its biggest production.
FremantleMedia licensed the series from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group before its Australian arm was established (now run by former Freo bosses Mark and Carl Fennessy).
Shine successfully produced Junior MasterChef last year as well as this year’s Biggest Loser, amongst other projects.
So it comes as no surprise to see that FremantleMedia is now eyeing a new food-based series.
After all, it has learned much from producing the MasterChef brand in Australia, and developed numerous industry contacts.
The Australian reports a project is under discussion that will engage professional chefs in a competitive do-or-die challenge, which is currently at early casting stages.
According to Cast of Thousands, “Competitors will go head-to-head to win the ultimate prize: head chef of Australia’s hottest new restaurant, a restaurant owned by an icon of the Australian food industry, whose aim is to set a new benchmark for quality food in the country.”
Could it be the perfect way into the genre for Nine?
“It’s very early days, but it is not in any way connected with MasterChef,” FremantleMedia spokesperson Steve Murphy says.