Banijay confirms the return of “MasterChef New Zealand”

Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay company, and Discovery have struck a deal with the support of Banijay Rights, which will see “MasterChef NZ” launch on Discovery’s Three in 2022.

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Emelia Jackson, champion of "MasterChef Australia" (season 12)

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Banijay confirmed the return of global cookery hit “MasterChef” in New Zealand following a six-year hiatus. Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay company, and Discovery have struck a deal with the support of Banijay Rights, which will see “MasterChef NZ” launch on Discovery’s Three in 2022.

Last on screens in 2015, “MasterChef NZ” has produced some of the most-loved kiwi chefs, and this season will be no different. From time-pressure challenges, to forgetting the key ingredient, this season will have the audience on the edge of their seat. Which regular kiwi will surpass the judges’ expectations in the food knowledge, cooking, plating and pairing arena and win the title of “MasterChef New Zealand”?

“‘MasterChef’ continues to evolve and travel worldwide and we are so proud to be reuniting audiences with the brand here in New Zealand. Underpinned by universal themes, but with a modern hyper-local focus, this season is going to stun audiences. Set in one of the most stunning cuisine and produce regions in New Zealand, with talent who are at the top of their game, the show has all the ingredients to unite the nation in its love of food culture,”  commented Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime New Zealand.

Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay, added: “To bring a global phenomenon like ‘MasterChef’ back to New Zealand after a six-year absence is an absolute thrill, and with Screentime and Discovery’s Three at the helm, we’re in no doubt this will be a very exciting launch for 2022”.

Represented internationally by Banijay Rights, “MasterChef” is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 64 markets. The life-changing show has broadcast more than 10.000 episodes to-date and recently aired its milestone 500th season globally since its reboot in 2005. Created by Franc Roddam, the show is a super brand known and enjoyed around the world.

Underpinned by universal themes, but with a modern hyper-local focus, this season is going to stun audiences” Philly de Lacey CEO of Screentime New Zealand