Masterchef is moving to Birmingham as TV executives hail its ‘great’ culinary scene

Production of the hit cookery show Masterchef will be moving to Birmingham after TV bosses hailed its “great” culinary scene.

All versions of the show, hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace, will be made at a new studio complex in Digbeth from 2024, reports BusinessLive.

Shine TV, which produces the shows, has agreed a six-year deal, making it the first time since 2001 the show has left London.

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Jon Swain, of show producers Shine TV, said: “Moving production to one of the country’s most diverse cities will allow us to invigorate the program.”

Both the 2021 and 2019 winners of MasterChef: The Professionals have come from Birmingham, in the shape of Dan Lee and Stuart Deeley respectively.

Stu Deeley won Masterchef: The Professionals in 2019 and went on to open his restaurant Smoke

Lucinda Hicks, chief executive of Banijay UK, which owns Shine TV, added: “We are delighted to be taking our incredible production to Birmingham.

“Not only is it one of the most creatively exciting and culinary diverse regions in the country but it is also on the cusp of being a major TV production center again.

“Having a multi-series, returning show like MasterChef made in the Midlands will provide a multitude of local roles, training and development opportunities which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the TV industry of the future.”

Alongside MasterChef, the new studios will also be used to film a planned Peaky Blinders movie.

Steven Knight, the creator of hit BBC show Peaky Blinders, said: “I am genuinely thrilled that MasterChef is coming to Birmingham and honored that Shine TV has chosen to locate such an iconic production at Digbeth Loc.

“We will work hard to ensure that this internationally renowned TV institution instantly feels at home in our creative environment and we look forward to welcoming many more blue-chip brands into our rapidly expanding media neighborhood.”

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