There have been calls for Channel Ten to move the MasterChef empire to Melbourne due to the huge success of the show in Victoria.
Ratings are showing the reality cooking show is a hit in Melbourne, boasting an audience around 250,000 larger than that of Sydney.
With all three MasterChef judges based in Melbourne, the move to the country’s cuisine capital may be a smart move.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle is leading the campaign for the show to head south, with several big name local chefs also throwing their weight behind the relocation.
“MasterChef is already 100% Melbourne with Matt, George and Gary and so we would love to give them some home cooking,” Doyle said.
Peter Andrews, program manager at Ten, admitted the show would fit right in down in Melbourne.
“It really is a Melbourne show,” he said.
“It’s rich and vivid and really passionate about food – and Melbournians are really passionate, not just about food but about different things. We’re really passionate and proud of our town. We’re quite parochial.”