Shine TV’s MasterChef: The Professionals will move from BBC2 to BBC1 this fall for its 13th season.
The move reflects what the network calls the increasing success of the competition, which has been BBC2′s highest rated culinary series for the past three years, with 3.55 million viewers tuning into the season 12 finale last December, the pubcaster stated.
Charlotte Moore, director BBC Content, said in a statement: “MasterChef is one of the channel’s biggest brands and following the impact of COVID on the production of original programming it feels like the time is right to move ‘the Professionals’ to BBC1 and find an even wider audience.”
The MasterChef spin-off’s newest 18 x 60-minute season will see 36 professional chefs compete in hopes of being crowned the show’s 2020 champion, with chefs Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace (pictured) serving as judges.
Commissioning editor for the BBC is Carla-Maria Lawson, and the executive producer for UK prodco Shine TV is David Ambler.