BBC Three commissions Young Masterchef series from Shine

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BBC Three has commissioned Young MasterChef (w/t) from Shine TV (part of Banijay UK), the producers of the hugely popular BBC format.

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The new ten-part series will be dedicated to up-and-coming young food talent between the ages of 18 and 25. 

Over the competition, the young hopefuls will be put through their paces by a panel of expert judges and exciting guests (TBA) as they undertake a variety of unique new challenges designed to push them to new culinary heights and reflect Britain’s food revolution – where a new generation of young foodies are rewriting the rules. 

No prior experience will be necessary – applicants will be invited from anyone in the age group who thinks they have the raw talent, enthusiasm and dedication to transform themselves into the next foodie sensation.

The new show will sit alongside MasterChef, the original series, which has consistently been the BBC’s highest rating cookery format over the past five years and the last series had its highest rating launch since 2017 and returns to search for its 18th champion on BBC One next month; Celebrity MasterChef, the BBC’s second highest rating cookery show after MasterChef; and MasterChef: The Professionals, which moved to BBC One from BBC Two in 2020 having topped the cooking series audience figures for the previous three years.

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment said: “We’re delighted that Young MasterChef will be coming to BBC Three. 

“We know how much BBC viewers love MasterChef and the BBC Three series will be a great opportunity to tap into the huge wealth of young budding chefs out there, from all over the UK.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, said: “With its focus on the culinary talent of tomorrow, Young MasterChef has all the ingredients to be a big success for us and we can’t wait to watch the next generation of food lovers from across the UK cook up a storm on BBC Three.”

Shine TV’s Executive Editor for MasterChef, David Ambler, said: “We’re super excited to be coming to BBC Three with a fresh new Young MasterChef competition. 

“It’s a great opportunity for any young person passionate about food and we can’t wait to open the kitchen doors to discover some incredible cooks from all backgrounds.”

Applications to take part in Young MasterChef (w/t) are now open and can be found here.

The series of 10 x 30 is made by Shine TV, part of Banijay UK, in association with Ziji Productions, and the Executive Editor is David Ambler. 

The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay.