'MasterChef' cooking for Fox

From THR:

"Foodies, get ready for a culinary American Idol.

Fox is expanding its line of Gordon Ramsay reality shows by giving a series order to Reveille's "MasterChef."

Ramsay will co-produce and star in the program, in which nonprofessional cooks compete to create perfect dishes. The project is based on a Shine TV format that's popular in the U.K. and Australia. The show joins Ramsay's other titles on Fox -- "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares" -- and should keep Fox stocked with the temperamental chef's reality fare nearly year-around.

"A huge reality format that works great in other countries plus Gordon Ramsay guarantees success," Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell said. "Gordon is like our 'CSI.' "

The "MasterChef" format has aired in several incarnations in the U.K., with the earliest dating to 1990. The Australian edition premiered this year and has been a ratings powerhouse, its finale ranking as one of the country's most-watched programs in a decade.

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