Despite a lot of bluster to the contrary following their somewhat inglorious exit from MasterChef Australia, the trio of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan, and George Calombaris is turning out to be not the package deal they were once thought to be, with Preston and Mehigan only – not George, never, ever George – reportedly being circled by Channel Seven for a new cooking series.
Little detail is known about the prospective show at this time, with Seven set to unveil their upcoming slate of new programs at their Upfronts presentation on October 23rd.
According to The Age, newly-minted Seven boss James Warburton is frothing to sign up both Mehigan and Preston – but, again, not fucking George – to deals once their current contracts with Network Ten run their course.
The whisper is that Seven is developing a new series that the gruesome twosome of Preston and Mehigan would anchor, rather than attaching them to any existing property like My Kitchen Rules. That series would likely not hit screens until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which Seven has the local broadcast rights to.
As far as Calombaris goes, who remains not in jail despite his restaurant group underpaying staff by $7.3 million, there is reportedly “not an appetite” to bring him on board at Seven. Which is just so sad, so very sad, so horribly, awfully sad, for him.
Representatives for the deposed MasterChef three – who were excised from the series in July amid reported demands for a 40% pay increase – have refused to comment directly on the speculation. Channel Seven likely won’t say anything publicly until their Upfronts presentation in October.
Meanwhile, Ten is expected to unveil the judges who will replace Gary, Matt, and George at their own Upfronts presentation, which is scheduled for October 10th.