Endemol Shine Group’s MasterChef Returns in India


Endemol Shine Group’s global mega-format MasterChef is set to return in India, following a three-year break from screens.

Endemol Shine India is set to produce a 26×60-minute run of the series for Star Plus, as well as 12 master class episodes which will go into production later this year. The judging lineup for MasterChef India features some of the country’s finest chefs, including Michelin Star-winning Vikas Khanna; Ranveer Brar, whose passion for food made him the country’s youngest executive chef and India’s first Michelin Star winner; and Vineet Bhatia, who gained fame with his Michelin-starred restaurants, including Zaika and Rasoi.

MasterChef is enjoying its most successful year to date, with 53 productions set across 35 markets in 2019. The show recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and 200th episode in the U.S. and is a hit in major markets including the U.K., Brazil, Australia, Italy and Spain.

The MasterChef format launched in 1990 in the U.K. and aired for over a decade on the BBC. In 2005, the show was revived for the BBC, and four years later, Australia became the first country to adapt the format outside of the U.K., with MasterChef Australia launching in 2009.

Abhishek Rege, CEO of Endemol Shine India, said, “MasterChef is the world’s most popular cookery show and we are thrilled that India will once again be part of the success story after a three-year break. The culinary culture in India is renowned worldwide for its treasure trove of spices and flavors and with an impressive lineup of judges and casting for contestants underway, we firmly believe the show has all the right ingredients to be a sure-fire hit for Star Plus.”