Shine TV’s MasterChef: The Professionals is to move to BBC1 for its new season.

The 13th competition is a six-week series and sees judges, chefs Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti and MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace, side-by-side once again to preside over the cooking competition. Thirty-six more contestants will demonstrate their skills, commitment and creativity to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly esteemed title.

The move from BBC Two reflects the increasing success of the series which has been BBC Two’s highest rating cookery series for the past three years. The last series achieved record audience figures with 3.55 million viewers tuning in to see Stu Deeley raise the trophy last December.

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content said: “MasterChef is one of the channel’s biggest brands and following the impact of Covid on the production of original programming it feels like the time is right to move ‘the Professionals’ to BBC One and find an even wider audience.”

Commissioning Editor for the BBC, Carla-Maria Lawson, said: “MasterChef the Professionals has uncovered and nurtured some incredible culinary talent over the years whilst also reflecting changes in the way we eat out.   It’s never been a more challenging time for these talented professionals and it’s exciting that they’ll be able to showcase their skills to the BBC One audience.”

Shine TV’s Executive Producer for MasterChef, David Ambler, said: “This year’s MasterChef: The Professionals is a fantastic competition. Although it has been filmed in very difficult times for the hospitality industry, the series has uncovered some really exciting culinary talent which the MasterChef judges are delighted to share with the BBC One audience.”

The series of 18 x 60 will transmit in the autumn. Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Carla-Maria Lawson, Executive Producer for Shine TV is David Ambler.

Jon Creamer

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