Linda Burney, acting NSW opposition leader, has called on state Premier Barry O’Farrell to intervene on reported plans for the production of MasterChef to move to Melbourne.
It is rumoured that the $30m Sydney-based show, produced by Shine, is being lured to Melbourne by the Victorian government.
The production employs 360 people.
Burney said: “It will be an absolute travesty if Victoria steals MasterChef from right under Barry O’Farrell’s nose.”
“I am appalled – but not surprised – that the Victorian Government, Melbourne City Council and Tourism Victoria seem to have caught the O’Farrell Government on the hop,” She added.
A Ten spokesperson said: “Melbourne is arguably the food capital of Australia, but talk around MasterChef relocating there is purely speculation and no decision has been made.”
The first week of the most recent season was filmed in Melbourne.
Burney continued: “Masterchef is also a cultural phenomenon showcasing the very best of Sydney – our restaurants, our chefs, our stunning harbour backdrop – to millions of viewers around Australia and the world. Premier, bring in Tourism NSW, bring in Shine the production company – and do whatever it takes to ensure Masterchef never leaves NSW.”