27 Feb '18, 11pm

Planned Mandarin MasterChef Singapore panned

News that the inaugural local edition of hit cooking television show MasterChef will be aired in Mandarin has angered Singaporeans who feel that it would alienate non-Chinese-speaking participants and viewers. The MasterChef cooking competition format, which originated in the United Kingdom in 1990 and has seen local spin-offs produced in more than 40 countries, pits amateur cooks against one another in various challenges. Last week, local TV broadcaster Mediacorp published an online casting call for contestants for the upcoming show, asking potential applicants to rate their fluency in Mandarin. The notice also stated that the show would be broadcast on Mandarin-language Channel 8. There is no air date yet. The language issue did not sit well with many who believe that the show should be produced in English so it can better involve everyone in multi-ethnic Singapore. Many...

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