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MasterChef rustles up move to BBC One

MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode (image: BBC/Shine TV)

Iconic cookery show MasterChef is transferring to BBC One.

The most recent series, which finished in February 2009, peaked at an average of 5.2 million viewers (21% of the audience) for the final and averaged 3.7 million (15% of the audience) viewers throughout the series on BBC Two.

The programme began in 1990 on BBC One, but moved to BBC Two in 2000 and was revamped into its current form in 2005.

MasterChef, presented and judged by John Torode and Gregg Wallace, follows members of the public as they set out to prove they have the flair and skill to make it as a great chef.

Contestants face high-pressure tasks and have to prove they have a genuine commitment to changing their lives in favour of a future in the food industry.

Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One, says: "MasterChef remains the best celebration of amateur cooking on British television. I have watched it religiously since I was a child and am delighted it will be moving to BBC One."

Karen Ross, Shine executive producer, says: "We're very excited that MasterChef is joining Celebrity MasterChef as part of the BBC One schedule. We hope that our loyal viewers move with us to our new home and we welcome building a new audience."

MasterChef is a Shine Limited Production. Executive Producer for the BBC is Gilly Hall.

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