MasterChef signs up Matt Moran

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Australian celebrity chef Matt Moran has signed an exclusive network deal with TEN, which will include regular involvement in MasterChef Australia.

Following several guest appearances during the previous seasons of the hit reality show, Sydney-based Moran will become a permanent fixture when the third season goes to air in 2011.

"Matt is a fantastic, world-renowned chef and has become a valued addition to the MasterChef family. We love what he has contributed so far to the show and 2011 will see his presence in the series increase significantly," said TEN's chief programming officer, David Mott.

"Matt Moran alongside Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris further secures the pedigree this show has to offer the Australian public."

The announcement comes weeks after Seven revealed three of Australia's most notable chefs, Neil Perry, Guy Grossi and Guillaume Brahimi, as the stars of its upcoming production Iron Chef Australia. Moran previously appeared in Seven's 2005 reality cooking series My Restaurant Rules, but was not involved in the more recent My Kitchen Rules.

Matt Moran said, "I'm thrilled to have signed with TEN and more importantly, to take up a permanent role with MasterChef. This show and the people involved in it have revolutionised the way Australians view food. Over the past two years I've had a small hand in that and from next season I look forward to contributing even more."

The celebrity chef is also likely to appear in other TEN programs. Rumours include Good News Week and the 7pm Project, though no confirmations have been made.

Ahead of MasterChef Australia's third season, TEN will air Junior MasterChef Australia from 7:30pm Sunday, September 12.

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