Simon Cowell plans 'X Factor for chefs'
Simon Cowell is planning to create a 'MasterChef'- style programme being billed as an '''X Factor' for chefs''
Simon Cowell is to launch an "'X Factor' for chefs".
The 51-year-old music mogul is planning to create a 'MasterChef'-style programme - which could be launched as early as next year - that would see wannabe cooks given various tasks before being judged by a panel of experts.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "It is a really exciting new project and one of several being worked on by Simon's production team. It will be on screens soon.
"Simon has always been really keen on the idea of a cooking show and wants it to be his next big thing."
The US 'X Factor' judge is said to have "high hopes" for the new programme, which he was inspired to create after seeing 'MasterChef Australia' defeat his own 'Australia's Got Talent' by attracting nearly one in five viewers during its first year in 2009.
Simon is thought to be planning to start work on the show, which he will run through his Syco production company, when the US 'X Factor' finishes on December 22.
A Syco source told The Sun newspaper: "Si's aim is always to have the most-watched show and he has seen how popular these food series have been.
"He's also a big fan of home cooking and likes the idea of offering the opportunity of a lifetime to someone with a passion for food. He's been thinking of branching out from music and variety shows for a while.
"And though his workload is far too hectic at the moment, he has high hopes for the idea."