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Star World to air MasterChef Asia

Fifteen contestants from eight different Asian countries will compete in the first-ever Asian version of MasterChef Australia.

The English general entertainment channel Star World, is all set to bring another version of the popular reality cooking competition MasterChef Australia. Contestants from eight different Asian countries, for the first time, will compete for the title in a series called MasterChef Asia. The panel of judges too, is pretty impressive. It comprises Hong Kong-born celebrity chef Susur Lee, known as the Father of Fusion, 3-Michelin star chef Bruno Ménard, and Singapore-born Audra Morrice, a MasterChef Australia finalist.

Star World to air MasterChef Asia
MasterChef Asia intends taking the audiences on a gastronomic journey across Asia, and be the biggest celebration of Asian cuisine in the new year. The show will present cuisines from Malaysia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, India, Singapore, Korea, and Indonesia. From the MasterChef kitchen to off-site and overseas challenges, the 15 episodes will climax with one home-cook win the title of the first-ever MasterChef Asia.
Star World to air MasterChef Asia
The show also has a very strong India connect. Contestants Jasbir Kaur and Priya Barve are of Indian origin. While home-maker Kaur will represent Malaysia, Barve, who is from Mumbai, and is currently, a marketing manager in Singapore, will represent India on the show.

Speaking on this new offering, an official Star India spokesperson, says, "Star World has been home to the very popular MasterChef franchise. After the success of multiple seasons of MasterChef Australia, MasterChef US Junior, and MasterChef US, we are proud to bring this new property. Star World has always been a pioneer in exposing India to global lifestyles and MasterChef Asia helps us take that a step further."

The Indian version of the series MasterChef India, began in 2010, and concluded Season 4 in April 2015. will be the presenting sponsor for MasterChef Asia Season 1 in India. The show, which will commence from December 25 on Star World and Star World HD, will be aired every Monday to Friday at 9pm.