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Masterchef Australia Moving To Melbourne

Well it has been confirmed now that Masterchef Series Five will be filmed in Melbourne.

Great news for Melbourne and its chefs. It will certainly highlight the what Victoria has to offer. NSW as usual won’t realise what they have lost until it has gone, with production jobs, free advertising for their top restaurants and the showcasing of the city to tourists. Masterchef is currently showing all over the world including Sweden and India. Here were my thoughts on the matter when it was first rumoured to be moving.

The move may also indicate the judges are entrenched for next season.

Network Ten and Shine have announced:

After four incredible seasons based in Sydney, MasterChef Australia is spreading its culinary wings and

heading south to the home of Australian food culture – Melbourne.

The recent sale of the Alexandria kitchen in Sydney sparked a search for a new location and an exciting opportunity to find a new home for the much-loved cooking show.

Network Ten and Shine Australia are pleased to confirm that season five of MasterChef Australia will be filmed at the Melbourne Showgrounds, starting in early 2013.

Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, David Mott, said moving production of MasterChef Australia to Melbourne would lead to a fresh look for one of the most powerful and beloved brands on Australian television.

“This is an exciting move for MasterChef Australia’s viewers and sponsors,” Mr Mott said. “What better way to explore fresh, new cuisines than to head to what is arguably Australia’s food capital.

“The Melbourne Showgrounds offers an exciting opportunity to create a new environment for MasterChef Australia, with a new kitchen, new challenges and new locations in Victoria’s acclaimed food and wine regions.

“We figure it is way past time we let our contestants loose in Melbourne. We can’t wait for MasterChef Australia 2013.”

Shine Australia Chief Executive, Mark Fennessy, said: “Since 2009, MasterChef Australia has enjoyed a wonderfully successful run in NSW. Filming in Melbourne represents an exciting new chapter for the world’s most popular cooking show.”

Applications for series five of MasterChef Australia are now open at


1 Kate { 08.20.12 at 10:53 am }

Oh god, that means another season of George and his snout in the trough. As a Sydney chick I’m totally down with the melb move, it is good food there and we have done the MC thing for a bit in syd and its time for a change but god, other than Matt p, change the judges!!!!!

2 Culinary Boner { 08.20.12 at 10:55 am }

“NSW as usual won’t realise what they have lost until it has gone, with production jobs, free advertising for their top restaurants and the showcasing of the city to tourists.”

On the upside, the absence of the gas-bagging, uber-gluttons Gary, Matt and George should reduce this state’s carbon emissions.

3 Groobs { 08.20.12 at 11:00 am }

same shit.
different place.

4 Georgie { 08.20.12 at 11:05 am }

CB – Joni Mitchell and Big Yellow Taxi.

5 brain dead dave { 08.20.12 at 11:28 am }

The new signature dish will be Pork Underbelly.

Hold that Big Yellow Taxi for Jowl$y! $hine~ if they can fake it here, they’ll fake it anywhere.

6 Georgie { 08.20.12 at 11:37 am }

If they use Peter Gilmore in Melbourne they’ll need a Hercules transporter, with a front end loader for embark/disembark.

7 brain dead dave { 08.20.12 at 11:45 am }

It might be cheaper to bring him in on a barge, Georgie, via Docklands and unload him with a crane.
A show that has chicken feed for prize money will want to cut corners with freight.

8 Georgie { 08.20.12 at 11:48 am }

Lol bdd – they can float him down and back with the humpbacks each winter.

9 Joseph Skyrim { 08.20.12 at 12:59 pm }

Lol you guys are mean. 😛 Gonna miss seeing places in MC where I can go “Oooh I’ve been there!”. Also, I’m guessing Shine holds the lease on the house and kitchen here in Syd? Guessing they’ll make a pretty penny selling those off.

10 Jruth { 08.22.12 at 8:36 pm }

Shine don’t own the Masterchef House or the Masterchef Kitchen, so they won’t be making any $ from them. The Masterchef house is owned by a Sydney business who was apparently leasing it to Shine/Channel 10 for $6.5K a week. It’s at 29 Eastbourne Rd, Darlign Pt, and is being advertised to rent for $7k a week:

The Masterchef kitchen in Alexandria (13 Doody St) was just rented for the series as well, but I haven’t been able to find any information about the owner or how much it was rented for.

11 Masterchef Australia – Hugely Influential Here And Abroad | reality ravings { 09.29.12 at 5:07 pm }

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