Singapore, 19 August 2021 – Sharpen your knives and tighten your aprons as the casting call begins today for season three of MasterChef Singapore! Banijay Rights, leading independent global distributor, Mediacorp, Singapore’s national media network and Motion Content Group, leading media management company announced today the local return of one of the world’s most successful competitive cooking reality television formats. The casting call is now open for all cooking aficionados who wish to showcase their culinary abilities, and fulfil their dreams of becoming the next MasterChef Singapore.
Fans of the show can look forward to an exhilarating third season, which will celebrate Singapore’s well-known reputation as a food haven and her unique multicultural cuisine, as contestants try their hands at elevating classic local dishes with their imagination and culinary prowess. Produced by Beach House Pictures, this 10-episode season will be brought to screens during the second quarter of 2022.
Daryl Kho, SVP Asia - Formats, Banijay Rights, said: “This deal for a third outing of MasterChef Singapore demonstrates the huge global appeal of the MasterChef franchise, which continues to grow from strength to strength. We are excited to again be working with Mediacorp, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create another successful season of this fantastic show.”
Sapna Angural, Head, English Audience, Mediacorp said: “We are thrilled to reopen the MasterChef Singapore kitchen again to welcome the best of Singapore’s amateur home chefs for the third time running! With every edition, we have witnessed such incredible culinary talent, and we believe that MasterChef Singapore season three will continue to be the platform for these cooking enthusiasts to showcase their craft and fulfill their culinary dreams. We look forward to working with Banijay Rights, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create yet another successful season of MasterChef Singapore. And calling all aspiring chefs, do join our casting call today!”
Steven Murphy, Managing Director, Motion Content Group, APAC, said: “With the great success of season one and two, Motion Content Group are looking forward to working with Mediacorp and Beach House Pictures on a third season of MasterChef Singapore. MasterChef continues to be one of the most successful formats across the world, and we cannot wait to meet the next set of amateur chefs Singapore has to offer.”
The second season of the MasterChef Singapore which ended in April this year, served up a sumptuous repast for over a million viewers, making it the top1 local English variety series on Channel 5 for 2021 to-date. The casting call then had attracted applicants from all walks of life including a singer, athlete, and teacher, amongst others, and the show’s finale was an epic showdown where Derek Cheong was crowned winner after edging out runner-up Leon Lim by merely one point! Fans who wish to relive some of the riveting moments of MasterChef Singapore season two can do so on-demand via meWATCH, or every Sunday, at 12pm on Channel 5 starting from 29 August 2021.
Besides uncovering cooking talents, MasterChef Singapore also provided various opportunities and opened up paths for both winners and contestants alike, in their pursuits to realise their culinary dreams. Since his win, MasterChef Singapore season two’s champion Derek Cheong has expanded his university dining venture Twelve Flavous to a full fledged private dining experience and started his own locally-brewed kombucha business, Broux.
Cheong said: “MasterChef Singapore has truly changed my life. Not only did I manage to secure a gig as a commis chef at the renowned three Michelin-starred French restaurant Mirazur for their pop-up at Straits Clan, it has also opened many doors in the culinary world for me. I’ve met so many amazing people in my journey during and after MasterChef Singapore, and I am genuinely grateful for all the wonderful experiences.”
Singaporeans and permanent residents looking to have a shot at achieving their culinary dreams can apply at this website by 13 October 2021. MasterChef Singapore is only open to those who are currently not working as a professional chef or those who have never worked as one before.
MasterChef was created by Franc Roddam and first launched in 1990 on the BBC in the UK and was later revived in 2005 where it remains a number one hit for pubcaster. In 2017, MasterChef was officially crowned the Most Successful Cookery Television Format by Guinness World Records. 2019 was the best year to date with 55 confirmed productions across 35 markets, drawing in audiences in major markets including the UK, US, Brazil, Australia, Italy and Spain.
The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights. Now with over 10,000 episodes to-date and produced across 62 markets, the show will be soon airing its milestone 500th series globally. Motion Content Group, part of GroupM, a leading media management company, has acquired the rights to produce and broadcast MasterChef Singapore from Banijay Rights.
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About Banijay Rights
Leading independent global distributor, Banijay Rights, represents a world-class, multi-genre portfolio of over 110,000 hours of standout programming. Leading distribution for the largest international creator and producer, Banijay, the division handles the exploitation of some of the planet’s best scripted and non-scripted brands.
Representing quality, excellence and experience in the business of linear and non-linear television and ancillary activity across all platforms, Banijay Rights’ catalogue encompasses a host of top titles from Banijay’s 120+ in-house labels, and a number of third-party producers, spanning drama, comedy, entertainment, factual, reality, family, formats and theatrical.
Delivering high-quality IP, which was born locally and travels globally, the distributor offers the best stories told the best way. Its landmark brands include Survivor, Big Brother, MasterChef, Temptation Island, Grantchester, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, Versailles, Biggest Loser, Home and Away, Money Drop, Mr Bean and Black Mirror.
Built on independence, creative freedom, entrepreneurialism and commercial acumen, Banijay Rights operates under the direction of Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Payne.
Mediacorp is Singapore’s national media network and largest content creator. Its purpose is to create engaging and trusted content, as well as to connect communities and inspire people. Mediacorp engages over three million people in Singapore daily across four languages on its digital platforms including meWATCH, meLISTEN and CNA.asia, six TV channels and 11 radio stations. Beyond Singapore, Mediacorp also has a growing international audience through CNA and content distributed across markets.
With a focus on nurturing talent and growing the sector, the company is committed to investing in nation-wide initiatives like Star Search, Anugerah, Yaar Antha Star and SPOP, commissioning a wide variety of work from local content creators, and collaborating with institutes of higher learning. As Singapore’s first local Multi-Channel Network in partnership with YouTube, Mediacorp is also committed to developing a network of digital content creators.
For advertisers, Mediacorp has partnered industry-leading brands like ESPN, Mothership, Popcorn, theAsianparent, VICE, YouTube and 99.co to form the Mediacorp Digital Network in offering more effective content-driven solutions.
Mediacorp is the recipient of industry accolades including New York Festivals, World Media Festivals, PromaxBDA (World and Asia) and Asian Academy Creative Awards.
For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.
About Motion Content Group
Motion Content Group funds, develops, produces and distributes both original and third-party premium content to create value and opportunities for its partners and advertisers. Working with the world’s leading talent, producers and distributors Motion aims to support the editorial, creative and commercial requirements of over 200 networks and platforms globally.
Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Motion currently operates in over 30 countries worldwide and has a broad range of award-winning programming distributed globally. Motion’s slate includes global hit reality format LOVE ISLAND co-owned with ITV Studios and produced in 19 countries including for CBS in the US. It also funds, co-owns and co-produces Channel 4’s ground-breaking social media reality series THE CIRCLE (Studio Lambert/Motion) in the UK with international versions produced for Netflix in Brazil, France and the US; family game show WILD THINGS (MadMonk/IWC/Motion), with local productions including Russia, China and Argentina, and Germany; long running series BEN FOGLE: NEW LIVES IN THE WILD (Renegade/Motion) and Indian talk show No.1 YAARI (Motion), now produced in five languages.
Motion Content Group is part of GroupM, the world’s leading full-service media investment management operation, a WPP company.