Production of a junior version of the show was initially suggested in October 2009. The first series of the show, featuring 8 to 12 year old contestants, was filmed after the second series of MasterChef Australia and began airing September 12, 2010 on Ten. In contrast to prior series, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Australia . Shine Australia to produce Junior Masterchef. It has been announced that the program will return for a second series in 2011.