Asian version of “MasterChef” to air on Lifetime

The Singapore-shot MasterChef Asia will feature a pan-regional cast and air across Asia on A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime later this year. (Pictured: MasterChef Canada)
February 12, 2015

A+E Networks Asia has ordered a pan-regional Asian version of reality culinary competition MasterChef that will premiere on Lifetime in Asia later this year.

Produced by Endemol Southeast Asia, the 15-episode season of MasterChef Asia will be shot in Singapore and feature judges and amateur cook contestants cast from across Asia. The Singapore Tourism Board, Knorr, Panasonic and the Changi Airport Group have signed on as sponsors.

“The series is our most significant local commission to date and is a sign of our commitment to the Asian production community,” said Prem Kamath, deputy managing director for A+E Networks in Asia-Pacific in a statement.

Versions of MasterChef from Canada (pictured), Australia and New Zealand have previously aired on Lifetime in Asia. The format, which is owned by Endemol Shine Group, was first produced in 2005 by Shine in the UK.

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