MasterChef Live whets Sydney's appetite

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Another TV show announces a live theatre version, as a way to meet the fans.

MasterChef Australia is reaching out to the people, with a live event to be staged in Sydney in December.

MasterChef Live will take place at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park, from December 10-12.

Comprising a "Festival of Food" plus a 60-minute show, it will feature judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan plus contestants. Visitors will watch challenges and master classes, take part in taste and invention tests, and watch and learn from the best chefs in the country including Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Justin North, Christine Manfield and more.

The show promises to dish out new cooking skills, and get behind-the-scenes exclusives from the TV show. Naturally, there will also be a Junior MasterChef Australia area to provide for the kids to exert their taste buds and culinary skills.

Dustin Lockett from FremantleMedia said: "MasterChef [Australia] has been such a phenomenon with broad audience appeal, we're confident that MasterChef Live will really capture the essence and excitement of the show and be a real feast for the senses."

MasterChef Australia isn't the first TV show to be taking its show out to the people.

Top Gear Australia has proven enormously popular with its live arena shows, staged twice in Sydney. SBS music show RocKwiz has spent much of the year criss-crossing the country with its live shows hosted by Julia Zemiro, and landing a nomination from the Helpmann Awards in the process. Spicks & Specks has also staged live shows, and historically Hey Hey! It's Saturday has many under its belt.

In October, Better Homes and Gardens will stage a live event at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The joint magazine-TV brand will offer live demonstrations, interactive workshops and classes, plus appearances by celebrities. Over 200 exhibitors will participate in the three-day event in food, home, gardening and lifestyle zones.

Julia Zaetta, Eeditor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, says, "Better Homes and Gardens Live is a one-of-a-kind event built to further satisfy the interests of our smart, strong and loyal following. We welcome this direct opportunity to interact with our audience and to offer an experience that further inspires our readers and viewers to put great ideas for the home."

Later this month The Footy Show stages its annual grand final show, a big tradition among sports fans.

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