Channel Seven unveils Plate of Origin’s first trailer – but Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan are bizarrely edited amid ‘contractual issues’ with Ten
It appears that Channel Seven’s new Plate Of Origin cooking show continues to be burdened by reported ‘contractual issues’ with Ten.
This week, the network released its first official trailer for the upcoming program, but fans soon noticed that the identities of the show’s three judges had been removed.
Although it was previously generally announced that Manu Feildel, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan will be judging the show, the trailer bizarrely doesn’t mention their names.
Instead, the trailer teased, “For the first time, three food superstars are coming together for an event like no other.”
Meanwhile, none of the judges are actually depicted in the clip, except for a quick shot of the three men from the neck.
It is amid claims that Seven has been prevented from using former MasterChef judges Matt and Gary in Plate Of Origin sheet material, as they are still contractually bound to their former employers at Ten.
Channel Seven first showed a trailer on Sunday for the upcoming cooking competition, Plate of Origin. Pictured: Plate of Origin Judges (LR) Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel, Matt Preston
Faceless: Fans soon noticed that the identities of the show’s judges had been worked out
“For contractual reasons, Seven Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan can no longer publicly associate with the new show,” industry website TV tonight claimed in January.
Likewise, the trio was not mentioned or depicted in Seven’s online casting call for Plate of Origin earlier this year.
On Plate Of Origin, 10 teams from different countries will compete in a World Cup-style cooking competition.
International Attraction: Plate Of Origin sees 10 teams from different countries compete in a World Cup-style cooking competition
Mix: The countries participating in the competition are Australia, Cameroon, China, France, Greece, Italy, India, Lebanon, Venezuela and Vietnam
The participating countries are Australia, Cameroon, China, France, Greece, Italy, India, Lebanon, Venezuela and Vietnam.
It comes as it was revealed that the show will be the season shorter than expected, with TV Blackbox reporting of the run was reduced by 10 to 12 shows.
The first order was for 32 episodes, the website claims, but will be reduced to about 20 episodes.
At the same time it was said ‘a full evaluation’ of the show may be underway, with producers reportedly hoping to make it ‘more like MasterChef rather than MKR.’
Setback: Seven is reportedly unable to publicly advertise Matt (center) and Gary (left) as Plate Of Origin judges due to ‘contractual issues’ with Channel 10