Network Ten has approached the Australian Olympic Committee about a new reality program to find a Chef de Mission for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The popularity of Kitty Chiller in the lead up to the 2016 Games has led reality TV producers to invent a new format of the television genre that would see former athletes pitted against each other in cooking, sporting, administrative and managerial challenges to take the crown of MasterChef de Mission for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Kitty Chiller is a renowned Australian sportswoman and former Olympic pentathlete with many years of experience as an administrator. While her cooking experience is as yet unknown, the show’s producers are believed to be considering her as host for the program, as part of the search for her successor.
With the ageing Masterchef franchise becoming dated, and the network having already experimented with spinoffs such as Junior Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef and Masterchef Allstars, network executives believe that the combination of sport, cooking and leadership excellence is exactly what audiences are seeking.
“Sure it’s a play on words, the whole Masterchef and Chef de Mission thing,” a Ten executive told Broken News. “But that’s just the beginning. We think that Australia will be captivated by the search for an administrative official who has strong ethics, determination, a rich sporting history and can pull together a Nicoise salad, followed by a grand mariner inspired lobster laksa, thrice cooked chocolate fondant with aged walnuts.”
“We reckon we could get at least four series out of it, with the winners of each grand final battling it out to lead the Australian team’s delegation to the 2020 Tokyo games. What pride they would have to be Australia’s MasterChef de Mission.”
Television industry insiders have quietly told Broken News that they think the show is a terrible idea.
“They are basing four years of television on one pun,” one media analyst told Broken News. “This isn’t a recipe for good television. They are literally trying to make a show fit around one play on words that, to be honest, isn’t really that funny.”