12:39 30 October 2009
'Hell's Kitchen' is being axed, as it is too expensive to produce, it has been reported.
Sources have revealed that TV bosses are going to drastically alter the show's format in an effort to slash outgoing production costs.
The new show will still feature celebrities cooking under the trained eye of Marco Pierre White. It is rumoured that the new programme's title will be 'Marco's Kitchen Burnout'.
The programme will be filmed inside a real restaurant in London and diners will have to pay for whatever food they consume.
'Hell's Kitchen' had been filmed on a bespoke set at a high cost.
The new format will see 12 celebrity chefs learn to create Michelin-star standard dishes over the four-week show.
The chefs who fail to impress Marco will be kicked off, while the weekly winners will compete in a semi-final before going on to challenge for the title of Best Celebrity Chef.
In a further effort to distance the new show from its predecessor, the aspiring chefs lodge in separate accommodation instead of the shared house.
An insider told The Sun: "It's no secret that Hell's Kitchen was an expensive show.
"This time they're keeping the costs down and making it easier for decent celebs to take part - because they won't have to live with everyone else.
"Bosses are gunning for some good names so it should be a cracking show."
A spokesperson said: "We are working on a new idea for Marco. Hell's Kitchen may well return in the future."
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