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MasterChef Junior

MasterChef Junior

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Photo Credit:  Brian Bowen Smith / FOX
  • Premiered: 
    September 27, 2013
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of MasterChef 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich, and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR debuted on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, as 24 cooks between the ages of eight and 13 started the competition by preparing dishes for the judges. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returned for its second season -- three days earlier than originally planned. Ramsay, Bastianich, and Elliot welcome 16 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13, including one eight-year-old; two nine-year-olds; four 10-year-olds; two 11-year-olds and seven 12-year-olds. In the premiere episode, America's first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, Alexander Weiss, returns to the kitchen as a special guest. Alexander presents the mystery box challenge, and the 16 junior home cooks will be tasked with preparing impressive dishes using the special guest's favorite ingredients, including pork chop, pork tenderloin, green apples, hazelnuts, Brussel sprouts, filo dough, fingerling potatoes, wild rice, whole grain mustard and artichoke. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and select which of the judges' favorite proteins the remaining contestants will prepare in the elimination round. Later, the 12 junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returned for its third season on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. In the season opener, America's Top 19 junior home cooks are introduced to their first mystery box challenge, in which they must make a complete restaurant-quality dish using any of the ingredients they are given. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and select which of the judges' favorite pastas the remaining contestants will prepare in the elimination round. Later, the top junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition. Season 4 of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR premiered on Friday November 6, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, as returning judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot welcomed new judge Christina Tosi to the series. After a nationwide search, 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country compete in Season 4. They face multiple challenges, including catering a party for more than 50 boys and girls, a tag-team challenge, a cupcake frosting face-off and the fan-favorite pop-up restaurant, until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the $100,000 grand prize. In the premiere episode, 24 junior contestants enter the kitchen for the first time. Upon meeting the judges, they are tasked with preparing a signature burger and one side, using only ingredients in their first mystery box challenge. The winner of the challenge has a significant advantage and selects the main ingredient that the remaining contestants have to use in the season's first elimination round. The junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition. Season 5 of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR premiered on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been chosen for their final test - a culinary battle in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Only the 20 best chef-testants who prove they have the chops to take home the trophy move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron. This season, the kids face exciting challenges, including completing a challenge from First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than 50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's first-ever vegan challenge, from guest judge Mayim Bialik; and cooking for other VIPs, including Julie Bowen and Muppets "Miss Piggy" and "Swedish Chef," until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize. In the season premiere episode, "The Quest for the Apron (Part 1)," 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. In each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge -- from steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, "The Quest for the Apron (Part 2)," airing Thursday, February 16.
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On Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, FOX premiered the two-hour Season 5 finale of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, showing back-to-back new episodes, with guest judges Chef Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart. The Top Four are in for a sweet challenge, as they recreate a chocolate molten lava cake to perfection. The winner will receive a huge advantage and could win a spot in the final round. Next up is the elimination challenge, during which each contestant will have to create a dish using one of the world's most popular meats. Two of the young chefs will be sent home, leaving only two to battle it out for the grand prize. In the last cook-off of the season, special guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart join the judges' panel, as the two finalists prepare a three-course meal from scratch. In the end, only one will be crowned the winner and receive a check for $100,000.

Cast

Other Titles

  • Originally known as Junior MasterChef
  • Also known as: MasterChef: Junior Edition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Shine America
  • Produced by One Potato Two Potato