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"MasterChef Junior" on FOX is a reality culinary competition series, for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, that is a spin-off of "MasterChef."

Move over grown-ups ... the kids are taking over the kitchen! Based on the hugely successful U.K. and Australian format, the series extends the "MasterChef" brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs. The spin-off series will give budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs.

Similar to "Masterchef," Ramsay will be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.

After a nationwide search, 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country will create their best seafood, pasta or dessert dish and present it to the judges in the audition round. Those who impress the judges will continue in the competition, during which they will face exciting challenges — including taking over a celebrated fine dining restaurant — until one talented kid is named America's first-ever "MasterChef Junior."

Season 2

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham 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 — to the kitchen, where they will compete for the trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

Also in the premiere episode, the winner of the first season, 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.

This season, the finalists will compete in a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs, including a sticky pancake challenge, a three-legged race featuring cupcakes and the series' first-ever pop-up restaurant. Also this season, the kids will cook for some very special guest judges. Along the way, the judges will coach and encourage the budding cooks until one talented kid is named America's next "MasterChef Junior."

"MasterChef Junior" is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on the format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the "MasterChef" format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.


Network: FOX
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 27, 2013
Seasons: 4
Production Companies:
Shine America
One Potato Two Potato

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