MasterChef Canada heads to season five on CTV

MasterChef Canada
The Proper TV-produced culinary series received the greenlight on the back of robust ratings, drawing 1.4 million viewers to its season four finale episode.

CTV has set the table for a fifth season of MasterChef Canada.

Produced by Toronto’s Proper Television, the series will return for 12 more episodes during the 2017/2018 broadcast season.

Chefs Michael Bonacini (of the GTA O&B restaurant chain), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation restaurant in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Copetin Restaurant & Bar) return as judges on the new season, with casting set to begin in September.

The finale episode of season four drew an average audience of 1.4 million (2+), according to Numeris data provided by Bell Media, with the full season averaging 1.3 million viewers. When the series debuted in 2013 it averaged 1.8 million viewers, making it the top-rated Canadian show of that broadcast year. It has since held steady ratings, with season three and four both averaging 1.3 million viewers.

MasterChef Canada is produced by Proper in association with CTV, with Proper’s VP and creative director Cathie James serving as showrunner and executive producer on the series.

The MasterChef format was created by British director and producer Franc Roddam. Internationally, the format is represented by London-based Endemol Shine Group.