Seven unable to use Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston in Plate of Origin marketing

Seven has had to market Plate of Origin, it’s new cooking format, without the names of ex-Masterchef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston following a contract issue which prevents the two from promoting work inside their non-compete clause with Ten.

As first reported by TV Tonight, the snag comes despite the fact the two, and co-host Manu Feildel, were all used to promote the program to media during Seven’s upfronts event in composite images.

The casting call for Plate of Origin, without mention of Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston [click to enlarge]

Contract negotiations with Ten had broken down Calombaris’ work outside of the program.

Months later, Seven announced it had snapped up Mehigan and Preston for a new cooking format – Plate of Origin – to run with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. For several weeks the program was promoted with both Preston and Mehigan in place, but the casting call for the format now only shows Feildel and refers to ‘two of the world’s biggest food superstars’.

The promo shot originally used for Plate of Origin

Mumbrella understands there are no concerns with the ongoing contracts between Seven and the two hosts, only that there was a misunderstanding as to when the non-compete clauses would cease.

Ten has already announced its new lineup for Masterchef, revealing ex-contestant Andy Allen, food writer Melissa Leong and chef Jock Zonfrillo as the new judges for 2020, the show’s 12th season.

Feildel will also appear in the newly-formatted My Kitchen Rules on Seven in 2020, longside Pete Evans and Colin Fassnidge.


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