For Immediate Release
MasterChef Singapore judges sizzle up the screen
Singapore, 18 April, 2018 – Three judges are set to sizzle up the screen for MasterChef Singapore series to hunt for an amateur chef to take on the coveted cookery title in the Singapore culinary world. They are chefs Bjorn Shen, Damian D’Silva and Audra Morrice.
Chef Bjorn Shen
Judge Bjorn Shen, is the chef and owner of Artichoke, Singapore’s first Modern Middle Eastern restaurant, established in 2010. On screen, he holds leading roles on television shows such as Eat List Star (Mediacorp Channel 5), Savouring the Future (Channel NewsAsia) to guest roles on shows such as MasterChef Asia (Lifetime Asia). Known for his rebellious personality and renegade spirit, Chef Shen celebrates outrageous creations and elevates ‘ordinary’ food into the extraordinary.
“It's about time MasterChef came to Singapore. We are a nation of very proud home cooks, and I'm sure many of my fellow Singaporeans have been waiting a long time to show off their chops on a TV show of this level. As one of the judges, I'm feeling particularly excited to taste what these guys have got up their sleeves, not literally of course,” said Chef Shen.
Chef Damian D’Silva
Cooking runs in the family for Chef Damian D’Silva. A champion of Singapore heritage food that evokes old Singapore, he started cooking at an early age in both his grandfather and grandmother’s kitchens. Currently, he is the executive chef of Folklore restaurant, with a menu that constitutes a nostalgic homage to the food he grew up with as a child of Eurasian-Peranakan heritage.
“Very honoured to be chosen as one of the judges for MasterChef Singapore. Will do my utmost to invoke the cooking spirit from every contestant, so that they can find their true self."
Chef Audra Morrice
A cook, an author, a producer of her range of all natural gluten free products and a television host. Audra’s career in the culinary world took off after her stint as a finalist in MasterChef Australia in 2012 and she now runs a catering business in Sydney for both private and corporate events and also hands on cooking classes in Sydney and Singapore.
"I am incredibly excited about the new MasterChef Singapore series. This will be a great opportunity to showcase and harness not just the wonderful multicultural cuisine and people of this beautiful country but hopefully inspire and encourage more people to get back into the kitchen and discover their hidden “MasterChef” talents! Along with my fellow judges, we will bring lots of great cooking, great stories and great experiences to everyone out there!"
MasterChef Singapore will air on Mediacorp’s Channel 5 from 2 September at 9.30pm and will be made available on Toggle’s Video on demand. The nationwide casting call for contestants which has closed, saw an overwhelming response from people representing different races and from all walks of life to participate.
Originally created by Franc Roddam, the format was revived as MasterChef Goes Large in 2005 by Shine TV in the UK. MasterChef is the most successful cookery television format in the world having been adapted locally in 54 countries, it is seen in over 200 countries and watched globally by over 250 million viewers. The MasterChef brand extends into a huge range of successful commercial activities across multiple platforms including extensive publishing, consumer products, live events, travel, digital and B2B activities.
Global content investment and rights management company, Motion Content Group, had acquired the rights to produce and broadcast MasterChef Singapore from Endemol Shine Group.
About Endemol Shine Group
Endemol Shine Group is a global production powerhouse creating world class content for all platforms.
As a producer and distributor, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis, comprised of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets, dedicated to creating content that enthralls and inspires.
In 2017 the company’s travelling formats originated from 12 different countries across the Group, with global hits including MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar, The Brain, Hunted and The Island. Endemol Shine Group’s drama portfolio is similarly international and diverse, with acclaimed worldwide hits such as Humans, Bron, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Kingdom, Grantchester, The Fall, Spring Tide, Penoza and Broadchurch.
Endemol Shine’s content is enjoyed wherever the audience wants to watch and generates more than 2 billion monthly views online, with titles such as Mr. Bean now among the world’s most popular entertainment brands on platforms including YouTube and Facebook.
In 2017 Endemol Shine Group produced more than 800 productions, in 78 territories airing on more than 275 channels around the world.
About Motion Content Group
Motion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which meets the market demand for new economic models for premium content across the entertainment and media marketplace. This is achieved by investing and partnering with the world’s leading talent, producers and distributors to fund, develop, produce and distribute premium content to help drive and support editorially and commercially vibrant, premium content networks & platforms for the global benefit of our content partners and advertisers.
Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globally.
Motion Content Group is part of GroupM, the world’s leading full-service media investment management operation, a WPP company.
Mediacorp has the widest range of media platforms in Singapore spanning digital, television, radio, print and out-of-home media. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.
Mediacorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, the company has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to virtually all adults in Singapore weekly.
Mediacorp is an active regional player through Channel NewsAsia International, drama co-productions and collaborations in magazine publishing and online media. Its investments include stakes in Kapanlagi Network, Indonesia’s largest independent digital media, as well as Reebonz, one of the region’s fastest growing luxury online retailers, and Vietnam television’s International Media Corporation.
Mediacorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the 14th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2017.
About Beach House Pictures
Beach House Pictures is one of Asia’s largest independent production companies, with offices in Singapore, Beijing and Taipei. The production house has created 600+ hours of international HD, 3D and 4K content specializing in factual and entertainment programming, creating highly-rated series such as Frontier Borneo (10×30) for Discovery Channel and UKTV; Wild City (2×60) narrated by David Attenborough for Channel News Asia; Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 (13×60) for Starworld; and Machine Impossible (6×60) for National Geographic. Five other divisions expand Beach House Pictures’ capabilities beyond factual to children’s content with Beach House Kids which recently produced Teddies for Okto and Channel Nine Australia; Beach House Entertainment for reality formats and general entertainment programs, currently producing Cesar’s Recruit Asia Season 2; Beach House Labs for digital and branded content; Beach House Academy for skills training and education; and Beach House Studios for Virtual Reality, 3D, animation and broadcast design. The multi-award-winning company launched in 2005 and was co-founded by Managing Director, Jocelyn Little and Creative Director, Donovan Chan who in 2017, partnered with Blue Ant Media, joining an international broadcast, distribution and content team that spans North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Visit beachhousepictures.com.
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