As rumoured, Seven has secured three Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White to front its newest food format, Hell’s Kitchen Australia, assuming the role created by Gordon Ramsay.
It means the man who has described MasterChef Australia as “the greatest cooking show on earth” will not be appearing in the TEN series this year.
The local version, which has been seen in 18 territories, will feature a team of celebrities in skill based challenges, delivering dinner service in a restaurant.
Marco Pierre White said: “All chefs over time will stray slowly from the stove, very few stay close to the flame. Hell’s Kitchen, without question, is the most natural environment for me to be myself.”
A TEN spokesperson said in a statement, “We are looking forward to bringing the ninth season of MasterChef Australia to viewers next year. George, Matt and Gary have already chosen next year’s Top 50 amateur chefs and the show is now in production. The contestants are amazing, we have a great line up of guest chefs and mentors, and it will be a fantastic season of Australia’s premier cooking show.
“Marco was part of the MasterChef Australia family for a few years. We wish him the best and look forward to working with him again in the future.”
To be produced by ITV Studios Australia, filming on Hell’s Kitchen Australia will begin in the New Year.