The culinary contest ‘MasterChef’, which has been going on for more than 30 years, has exceeded 500 editions worldwide, after the premiere of the adaptation ‘MasterChef Tamil’ in India.
“I am enormously proud of ‘MasterChef’ for entertaining millions of people and transforming the lives of thousands of participants. I am grateful to all those who have contributed to its global success and to maintain its popularity and freshness over the years ”, according to the creator of the format, Franc Roddam, from England on Monday.
The first ‘MasterChef’ premiered on BBC in 1990 and ran for 11 years. In 2005, Roddam, in collaboration with Shine TV, reinvented the format for BBC Two and in 2009 it jumped to BBC One, coinciding with the first international adaptation in Australia.
“Reaching this mark is quite an achievement for the ‘MasterChef’ family. Without losing the essence and values of the format, each version is different and adapts to local particularities and traditions ”, says the director of Banijay (owner of the program) Lucas Green.
The teams that make up these 500 productions, he adds, have given their contestants the “opportunity to turn their lives around, offering quality entertainment and unforgettable moments for millions of viewers around the world“.
In addition to the original program with anonymous contestants and no kitchen experience, ‘MasterChef’ has versions such as ‘MasterChef Junior’, ‘MasterChef Professionals’, ‘MasterChef All Stars’, ‘MasterChef Celebrity’ and ‘MasterChef Abuelos’ ..
Banijay offered some information about the program, such as that 100 of the former contestants have become professional chefs. Some of the most notable applicants are Michelin Star chefs Carlos Maldonado (‘MasterChef Spain’), Marko Gajski (‘MasterChef Croatia’) and Elizabeth Haigh (‘MasterChef UK’), or the first UK winner Thomasina Miers , co-founder of the Wahaca restoration group.
Michelle Obama and Rafa Nadal
The program also has received all kinds of distinguished guests: from the Dalai Lama, Michelle Obama, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Katy Perry and Rafa Nadal, to some of the best chefs on the planet, such as Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, Joan Roca, Paco Roncero, Massimo Bottura, Marco Pierre White and Dani García, among others.
It is calculated that more than 1,000 million people have seen some of the adaptations made in 64 territories, representing a total of 10,000 programs.
‘MasterChef’ is a multi-award winning format with a track record that includes the BAFTA, Emmy, Directors Guild Awards (DGA), New York Festivals Awards, Logie Awards, AACTA Awards and Asian Television Awards.
In Spain, it is produced by Shine Iberia (Banijay Iberia) under the direction of Macarena Rey and has received the Ondas Award, Iris Award, Zapping Award and, recently, the Joan Ramón Mainat Award from the FesTVal, among others.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.