2013 is shaping up as the year of the foodies with two seasons of MasterChef, plus My Kitchen Rules and The Great Australian Bake Off.
TV Tonight understands Nine will also announce The Taste at its Upfronts this week.
As previously noted, Nine picked up the format rights to ABC’s new cooking competition featuring Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain.
Both TV chefs head up a panel of four judges who each mentor 4 chefs, by tasting just a spoonful of each cook’s creation.
Episodes feature a culinary “Theme of the Week”, such as “Comfort Food”, “The Art of the Sandwich” or “The Perfect Course” with a famous guest, a culinary expert whose own specialty is related to the week’s theme.
Other challenges include “The Team Taste” and “The Solo Taste”.
What isn’t yet clear is whether Nine will run the US series or a local version -or both.
TV Tonight has already flagged other Nine projects including another Underbelly based around Tony Mokbel and Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch War.
Gallipoli (due for the 100th anniversary) and Return to Eden are also expected to feature in Nine’s launch this week. Both were announced by the network some time ago.