There is speculation today that Plate of Origin has pushed back its production starting date.
The Australian reports production is now due to begin on March 15 in Dural, following a heads of department” meeting early last week, attended by executive producer David Dutton (MKR) and director Kate Douglas-Walker (The Chef’s Line, How Not to Behave).
The series, cheekily referred to as POO, is due to launch out of the Tokyo Olympics with Manu Feildel, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, although Seven had to halt referring to the former MasterChef judges due to contractual reasons.
The newspaper suggests Seven execs “have been panicked by the disastrous ratings of the network’s other big cooking show, My Kitchen Rules” and there is speculation it could be “more like MasterChef than MKR.”
However the format which pits cuisine against cuisine is probably closer to Family Food Fight and The Chef’s Line, amongst others. Seven is also said to have still been on the hunt for Lebanese cooks through Facebook -which could also contribute to any date change.
Meanwhile The Age reports Seven recently attempted to outsource the show to Endemol Shine Australia instead of producing it in-house, but didn’t land an agreement.
Seven declined to comment.