MasterChef comes to Singapore

This could be the meal ticket to a kitchen career.

Hit cooking competition MasterChef has asked new talent to step up to the plate, with a local version of the show to premiere soon.

Television broadcaster Mediacorp has put out an online casting call for MasterChef Singapore.

According to the casting website, applications will close at midnight on March 25.

"For the very first time, MasterChef is coming to Singapore. And we are looking for the best, brightest and tastiest chefs that the 'Little Red Dot' can muster - all of whom will battle it out in the MasterChef kitchen to be crowned Singapore's first ever MasterChef," the website announced.

It stated that applicants must be at least 18 years old, a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, and cannot be working as a professional chef at the moment or previously.

Also, their main source of income cannot be from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment, such as in restaurants, hotels or canteens.

Applicants are also asked to rate their fluency in Mandarin.

MasterChef originated in Britain in 1990 and was created by film director Franc Roddam.

Since then, the reality television show has dished out spin-offs, including the popular MasterChef Australia, MasterChef United States and Junior MasterChef.

Closer to home, Singaporean Woo Wai Leong became the inaugural winner of MasterChef Asia in 2015.

The 29-year-old former lawyer and part-time bartender will launch his eatery in North Canal Road next month.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'MasterChef comes to Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe