MasterChef Junior

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MasterChef Junior
Genre Cooking
Based on Junior MasterChef
Judges

Gordon Ramsay (Season 1-)
Graham Elliot (Season 1-)
Christina Tosi (Season 4-)
[1]

Joe Bastianich
(Seasons 1-3)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Ben Adler
Robin Ashbrook
Paul Franklin
Eden Gaha
Patricia Llewellyn
Elisabeth Murdoch
Adeline Ramage Rooney
Gordon Ramsay
Production company(s) One Potato Two Potato
Shine America
Release
Original channel Fox
Original release September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) – present
External links
Official website

MasterChef Junior is a cooking competition television series that is airing on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013.[2] It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef.[3]

On March 5, 2014, MasterChef Junior was renewed for a third season, before production on season two began.[4] The second season premiered on November 4, 2014.[5] The third season premiered on January 6, 2015.[6]

Format[edit]

Children between the ages of 8 and 13 apply to become a contestant on the series. 24 applicants are chosen to audition.[3] At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups. One group prepares seafood dishes, one prepares pasta dishes and one group prepares dessert dishes to present to the judges.[7] 12 of the applicants become contestants for the next round and all 24 receive one of the MasterChef franchise's signature aprons that they get to keep, regardless of their progress.[7]

After the audition round, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000[7] and the MasterChef Junior trophy.

Cast[edit]

Like its adult counterpart, MasterChef Junior is judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.[3] Bastianich will not be returning for the show's fourth season and will be replaced by pastry chef Christina Tosi.[1]

Production[edit]

Fox placed casting calls for participants in January 2013.[8] Fox officially ordered the series (then under the name Junior MasterChef) on May 10, 2013.[9] The name was later changed to MasterChef Junior. There were concerns that Ramsay's style of cursing at the contestants on his other competition shows (most notably Hell's Kitchen and the adult MasterChef) would carry over to MasterChef Junior, but one of the contestants (named Gavin) said that Ramsay had only cursed twice during the production of the series and never at the contestants. In the final editing, he cursed once in front of the contestants, but not at them.[7]

Broadcast[edit]

The first season of MasterChef Junior premiered on September 27, 2013.[2] The second season premiered on November 4, 2014.[5] The third season premiered on January 6, 2015.[6]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 1 was Alexander Weiss, a 13-year-old from New York City.

Top 12[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Status Winnings
Alexander Weiss[10] 13 New York City, New York Winner November 8 5
Dara Yu[11] 12 Los Angeles, California Runner-Up November 8 3
Jack Hoffman[12] 10 East Rockaway, New York Eliminated November 1 2
Troy Glass[11] 12 Thousand Oaks, California 1
Gavin Pola[13] 10 San Francisco, California Eliminated October 25 2
Sarah Lane[11] 9 Pacific Palisades, California 2
Kaylen Alfred[14] 11 Culver City, California Eliminated October 18 1
Sofia Hublitz[12] 12 Brooklyn, New York 0
Jewels Gold[15] 13 Santa Ana, California Eliminated October 11 0
Roen Guerin[16] 12 Brooklyn, New York 0
Molly Round[17] 12 Pasadena, California Eliminated October 4 0
Tommy Peters[18] 11 Palos Verdes Estates, California 0

Elimination table[edit]

Place Contestant Episode
2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Alexander HIGH WIN WIN IN HIGH LOW WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Dara IN IN IMM WIN IN WIN WIN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Jack WIN IMM IMM LOW IN IN WIN IN ELIM
Troy HIGH IN IMM IN HIGH LOW LOW WIN ELIM
4 Gavin IN WIN IN IN IN WIN ELIM
Sarah IN IN IMM WIN WIN IMM ELIM
5 Kaylen IN WIN IN LOW IN ELIM
Sofia IN IN IMM IN IN ELIM
6 Jewels IN LOW IMM ELIM
Roen IN IN IMM ELIM
7 Molly IN ELIM
Tommy IN ELIM
‹See Tfm›     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
‹See Tfm›     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished in second place.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook won the Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge and was directly advanced to the next round.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Team Challenge.
‹See Tfm›     (IMM) The cook did not have to compete in the challenge.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, but was not the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, and was the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and their team was last to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and they were the only person from their team to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
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Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Top 16 Compete" September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) 4.29[19]
After a nationwide search for the best junior home chefs in the country, twenty-four are invited to the MasterChef kitchen to compete for a spot in the top twelve. The children are split up into three groups of eight. The first group is assigned to create a restaurant quality seafood dish of their choosing. The dishes consist of Sofia with her Chilean sea bass, Roen with his seared ahi tuna and sushi, Mina with her coconut-crusted shrimp, Daniel with his octopus salad, Justin with his fried red snapper, Jack with his seared crab cakes, Franco with his seared scallops and fried rice, and Molly with her fried cod fish tacos. Out of these eight, Sofia, Roen, Jack, and Molly advance into the top twelve. The second group is assigned to create a stunning plate of fresh pasta. The dishes consist of Dara with her herb and cheese spaetzle, Tommy with his pumpkin ravioli, Sage with her vegetarian lasagna, Jewels with her gnocchi, Troy with his sea scallop fettuccine, Sara with her meatballs and fettuccine, Gavin with his beef pecorino tortellini, and Noah with his Chicken Milanesa and fettuccine pasta. Out of these eight, Dara, Tommy, Jewels, Troy, and Gavin advance to the next round. The final group has to create an amazing dessert. The dishes consist of Alexander with his pistachio macaroons, Sarah with her chocolate molten lava cake, Lishai with her mini apple pie, Ethan with his dark chocolate truffles, Hana with her scone shortcakes, Amanda with her salted caramel brownie, Kaylen with her mint lime cupcakes, and Nathan with his meringue roulade. Out of these eight, Alexander, Sarah, and Kaylen finish up the top 12 lineup. So overall, Alexander, Dara, Gavin, Jack, Jewels, Kaylen, Molly, Roen, Sarah, Sofia, Tommy, and Troy advance to the next round, while Amanda, Daniel, Ethan, Franco, Hana, Justin, Lishai, Mina, Nathan, Noah, Sage, and Sara are sent home on the first day.
2 2 "Top 12 Compete" October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) 3.95[20]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:

Before the series' first mystery box challenge, Gordon announced that the winner will receive $100,000, which excites all the young home cooks. The mystery box for this episode contains filet mignon, tiger shrimp, puff pastry, mixed berries, soy sauce, onion, garlic, butter potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, ginger, greens and blue cheese. Also in the mystery box is a tablet, where the contestants can use it to Skype anybody they want to get ideas for their dish. The top three for the mystery box are Alexander's pan-seared filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes, butter glazed carrots and a spicy mixed berry puree over a fresh green salad; Jack's Surf and Turf (pan-seared filet mignon and sauteed shrimp) with potato puff, glazed carrots and a mushroom cream sauce; and Troy's filet mignon with root vegetable hash, a poached egg, and a demi-glace soy sauce. In the end, Jack's dish is deemed the best and he receives the win in the first mystery box of the series.

  • Elimination Challenge:

For winning the mystery box, Jack gains immunity from the Elimination Challenge as his first advantage. The theme of the Elimination Challenge is the judges' childhood favorite meals. For his second advantage, Jack is given the opportunity to choose what the rest of the contestants would have to cook. His choices are Joe's chicken wings, Graham's hamburger and Gordon's fish sticks. Jack ultimately chooses the burger. The eleven competing contestants are given an hour to create a restaurant quality burger. The three best meals of the Elimination Test are Alexander's beef sliders on mini brioche buns with pepper jack cheese, a lemon arugula salad, caramelized mushrooms, crispy mini onion rings, and a black garlic aioli served with fried kale chips (despite Joe fearing he's overthinking the dish), Gavin's Italian pork sausage burger topped with grilled onions, sliced tomatoes, and arugula served with a cucumber tomato salad topped with aged balsamic vinegar and burrata cheese, and Kaylen's "All around the world" beef and pork burger topped with bacon, Parmesan cheese and served with onion rings. Despite the patty being slightly overcooked and cabbage being put on the burger instead of lettuce like she hoped to do so, Sarah also pleased the judges with her All-American burger with grilled pineapple, bacon, cabbage and baked beans, and is safe from elimination as well. The bottom three meals are Jewels' lamb burger topped with caramelized onions, arugula, avocado, and tomato with a little bit of Tzatziki (which is said to be a move that Jewel's "shot herself in the foot by doing that lamb [burger]" by Graham), Molly's Korean barbecue burger topped with kimchi, fried onions and togarachi served with fries and some cole slaw (which is said to be way overcooked, with off-balance seasoning, and kimchi that didn't work, as she also appeared to have given up for most of the cooking period following Gordon's concerns at her station), and Tommy's breakfast burger made with a pork sausage and turkey patty, topped with American cheese, bacon, and a fried egg served with sweet potato tots (which is said to be dry, bland, with poorly thought out processed cheese inside the patty, alongside an overwhelming cheese flavor obliterating everything else; especially the fried egg, which is lost). In the end, the judges send Jewels to safety, leading to the tearful elimination of Molly and Tommy.

3 3 "Top 10 Compete" October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11) 3.92[21]
  • Individual Challenge:

The top 3 from the previous elimination challenge, Alexander, Gavin and Kaylen, are each given a quart of heavy cream and told to whip it to stiff peaks. Whoever had the thickest cream - measured by holding the bowl upside-down over one of the judges' heads - would get an advantage for the next team challenge. While the contestants were whipping, the other 7 contestants were all screaming, though Dara was startled by the 'different style of Sarah' that came out, as Sarah was screaming at the top of her lungs. When the challenge is over, Alexander goes first, holding his bowl over Graham's head, and not one drop falls on the judge. Gavin is next. While his cream doesn't have stiff peaks, it's still thicker and more whipped than plain cream, though it's not thick enough to prevent a large portion from falling on Joe's head, sending everybody (particularly Jewels) into a laughing fit. Kaylen is last to take her turn, and her cream is even thinner than Gavin's, resulting in it completely drenching Gordon, making everybody laugh even harder than before, while Gordon, for the first time in this series, swears aloud, making everyone go into hysterics (particularly Dara). Alexander is thus judged the winner - after which he dumps the contents of his bowl over Graham's head anyway, and everyone ends up throwing cream at Graham, making everyone go into hyper-hysterics.

  • Team Challenge:

As the winner of the last challenge, Alexander has the task of dividing the top 10 into 5 groups of 2; he thus selects Troy to join him, pairs Gavin with Sofia, Jack with Kaylen, Roen with Jewel and Dara (who he considers his biggest competitor) with Sarah (the youngest). The task for this challenge is to recreate Gordon Ramsay's signature dish, Beef Wellington, topped with demi-glace and served with sides of mashed potatoes and broccolini. They are given filet mignon, crepes, puff pastry, prosciutto, dijon mustard, mushroom duxelle, broccolini, thyme, potatoes, butter, salt and pepper to make the dish and have 65 minutes to complete it. Ultimately, Dara and Sarah, whose execution of the dish is deemed absolutely flawless, are narrowly judged to have the best meal by Mr. Ramsay. Closely following are Alexander and Troy, whose meal is only prevented from being perfect by the fact that they waited too long to coat their filet in mustard. Alexander had pointed out that was supposed to be done immediately after the filet was seared, but Troy wouldn't listen to him. Gavin and Sofia's meal, while criticized for having an overly thick layer of pastry on the wellington, is also felt to be very good overall. The weakest 2 meals are those of Jack and Kaylen, along with Jewels and Roen. Jack and Kaylen's wellington suffered from soggy pastry, overcooked filet as a result of using insufficient mushroom duxelles, and mushy broccolini; while Jewels and Roen's wellington is severely over-seasoned with salt and has too much pastry. After deeming the other 3 teams safe, the judges ultimately decide that Jewels and Roen had the weaker of the 2 meals, resulting in their teary-eyed elimination.

4 4 "Top 8 Compete" October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) 3.96[22]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:

The mystery box consists of "foods kids hate:" liver, kidneys, snails, brussel sprouts, sardines, artichoke, blue cheese, olives, dates and fennel. Dara's attempt to make a blue cheese soufflé goes badly wrong from using too much batter in her ramekin, leaving her as the only member of the top eight to not present a meal, though the judges still commend her ambition. The top three for the mystery box are Troy's snail chowder with herb oil and baked eggplant peels, Alexander's sticky toffee pudding with candied fennel, a chantilly cream and a fig-lemon puree, and Sarah's deep-fried sardines with a cabbage, brussel sprout and fennel salad. In the end, Sarah wins the challenge.

  • Elimination Challenge:

After winning the mystery box, Sarah gains immunity from the Elimination Challenge as her first advantage. The theme of the Elimination Challenge is desserts. Sarah is able to choose what the rest of the contestants would have to cook. Her choices are Joe's cupcakes, Graham's 3-layer cake and Gordon's fruit tarts. Sarah chooses Graham's layer cake, with hopes of eliminating Alexander and Troy. The rest of the competing contestants are given 1 1/2 hours to create a three-layer cake. Most of them had never prepared one before and face a series of problems. Alexander mistakes his flour for confectioners' sugar and has to start over, and Sofia cries when her batter refuses to work. Gordon comes over to Sofia and gets her back on her feet, but both she and Alexander have fallen behind. The 2 best cakes of the Elimination Test are Dara's chocolate cake with spice cayenne pepper ganache, and Gavin's chocoholic delight (three layers of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting). Jack's vanilla raspberry cake with meringue buttercream frosting, while not up to the standards of the top 2, also gets positive feedback and saves him from elimination. The 4 worst cakes are Troy's lemon cake with cream cheese frosting and candied lemon slices, Alexander's lemon cake filled with lemon curd, topped with meringue frosting and garnished with blueberry and raspberry puree, Kaylen's vanilla cake with a mixed berry buttercream and Sofia's chocolate cake with a strawberry and raspberry buttercream and topped with fresh raspberries. Unfortunately, Sarah's plan to eliminate Troy and Alexander backfired, as Troy's cake did just enough to keep him in the competition, while Alexander survives mostly by virtue of his past performances (despite the judges calling his cake a "disaster"), leading to the tearful elimination of Kaylen and Sofia.

5 5 "Top 6 Compete" October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) 3.87[23]
  • Team Challenge:

The Top 6 contestants travel to Drago Centro in Los Angeles. Joe announces they'd be competing in the restaurant takeover challenge, which scares some of the kids. Because Dara and Gavin had the best cakes last episode, they're named team captains. Dara chooses Alexander and Jack for her red team while Gavin chooses Troy and Sarah for his blue team. The teams have to prepare 2 appetizers and entrees from the menu: A Burrata Salad and Seared Albacore Tuna for appetizers, along with Short Rib Ravioli and Pan Seared Branzino for entrées. The teams have an hour of prep and 75 minutes of lunch service. Promptly after prep time begins, Troy takes command of the blue team, but Gordon tells him to calm down and allow team captain Gavin to take control. The red team, however, shares responsibilities and decides democratically who'd do what. Troy and Sarah have a hard time getting along. Once prep time is over, Ramsay, who's the expediter, begins calling out orders and service officially starts. The blue team falls behind because they're struggling to work together, and even have to redo a dish because Troy had sliced the tuna too thin. On the red team, Dara and Alexander begin arguing, but Jack and Gordon bring them back together. The guests enjoy their appetizers and give good reviews, with no clue that the chefs are children. The teams now have to prepare a dish for Chef Ian of the restaurant. While the blue team continue to have conflicts, the red team gets it together. Chef Ian tests the teams' appetizers. The blue team's Burrata Salad looks and tastes better and for the tuna, both teams get good reviews. The teams now prepare their entrees for fifty customers and Chef Ian. Gavin of the blue team tries to ease the tension between Troy and Sarah. However, the red team gets it together and works in unison. The customers give mixed reviews. The teams prepares Chef Ian's meals. The blue team finally works together, but on the contrary, the red team struggles to get the order done. The red team's ravioli looks and tastes better while the blue team's ravioli is lacking sauce. The red team's Branzino looks better, but the blue team's Branzino tastes better. The guests fill out their comment cards, and the young cooks come out of the kitchen to greet the guests, who are blown away by the fact that children ages 9 to 13 cooked their food. The cooks travel back to the MasterChef kitchen to find which team won the challenge. Back in the kitchen, the judges declare the Red team the winner, sending Dara, Alexander and Jack to the semifinals. The Blue team is up for elimination; however, only one will be safe. In the end, the judges save Troy, while Gavin and a teary-eyed Sarah are sent home, much to the red team's dismay. Before they left, Gordon asked them about who they think will win. Sarah thought Troy would win, despite him giving her a hard time at the restaurant, and Gavin said Jack will win.

6 6 "Top 4 Compete" November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) 4.01[24]
  • Individual Challenge:

All 4 remaining contestants are asked to make a perfect soft-cooked egg but thrown a curveball by being refused any sort of timer and forced to go completely on gut instinct to determine when their egg is ready. When the eggs are presented, Alexander and Jack's eggs are completely hard-cooked, and while Dara's yellow is somewhat softer, it's still mostly solid. Troy's egg is about halfway between being soft and hard-cooked, resulting in him being named the winner for delivering the closest to what the judges had asked for.

  • Elimination Challenge:

As the winner of the individual challenge, Troy's advantage is to assign himself and the other 3 cooks one of 4 cuts of chicken. He chooses thigh for himself, gives Alexander the liver (considered the hardest cut), Dara the wings and Jack the breast. During the cooking phase, Dara is composed and confident throughout, Jack keeps going back and forth to the pantry to get ingredients he forgot, Troy ignores Joe's advice to cook 2 thighs as a backup plan, while Alexander is extremely nervous about his cut, as he knew nothing about cooking liver. Troy is first-up to be judged, and serves up a pan-fried thigh with romesco sauce and a spaghetti, squash and zucchini salad. Unfortunately, Troy had confused the cooking times of chicken breasts and thighs, and when Gordon cuts it open, the interior of the thigh is completely raw, leaving the judges unable to taste it. They nonetheless compliment him on his presentation and the taste of the side items, but it's of little consolation to Troy, who leaves the judges in tears knowing he's highly likely not going to make it to the finale due to this mistake. Dara serves soy-ginger wings with pickled cucumbers, radishes and carrots, which gets unanimous praise from the judges, and in particular is complimented on its presentation (Joe calls it a restaurant 'signature' dish). Alexander creates a pate of his liver and serves it atop a garlic crostini topped with bacon, served with reduced cherry marmalade and a balsamic glaze, which gets huge praise from the judges for turning what's by far the hardest of the 4 cuts into a rustic, restaurant-quality meal that causes Ramsay to joke that, if Alexander was 5 years older, then he'd hire him on the spot. Finally, Jack serves a goat cheese, sun-dried tomato and chopped olive stuffed chicken breast roulade wrapped in prosciutto served with asparagus and roasted potatoes; the judges all love the meal and are astonished that Jack, the youngest remaining competitor, had served up the most complex dish of the night and executed it so well. With Troy's elimination largely a foregone conclusion, the judges are left to choose between Alexander, Dara and Jack. Alexander is named the first finalist for having the best overall meal in this challenge, leaving Dara and Jack. Ultimately, the judges make Dara the other finalist for her presentation skills and being the only contestant in the top 4 not to finish in the bottom 3 or 4 of a challenge, leading to the elimination of a teary-eyed Jack and Troy.

7 7 "Season Finale" November 8, 2013 (2013-11-08) 4.14[25]
  • Season Finale: In attendance for the finale are the families of Alexander and Dara, all the other contestants from this season and MasterChef season 4 winner Luca. The 2 finalists each have an hour-and-a-half in which to make a 3-course meal, and are allowed to cook anything they want. During the cooking phase, Dara forgets several ingredients (having to borrow them from Alexander), becomes overwhelmed and dehydrated about an hour in, forcing the challenge to be paused so she can recover. Despite this, and Alexander having to rush to get everything ready in time, both finalists are able to finish successfully.
  • Appetizer: Dara serves an Ahi tuna duo (poke and seared), while Alexander serves basil lemon shrimp with heirloom tomato crostini. While the judges enjoy both meals, they agree without hesitation that Dara's is the better of the 2, and both more ambitious and generally better-executed, while Alexander's is a bit simplistic.
  • Entree: Dara's dish is fried spot prawns with scallop-shrimp wontons and Thai coconut curry sauce, and Alexander's is a pan-seared veal chop with potato gnocchi and butter sauce. Overall, the judges all like Dara's meal but note it was slightly let down by the prawns being overcooked. Alexander is nervous, knowing that if his meal doesn't get a good review, Dara would win irrespective of how the dessert course went; fortunately, the judges all give him huge praise for perfectly nailing the gnocchi and temperature on the veal, and largely agree that Alexander had won this course.
  • Dessert: Both finalists serve up unorthodox desserts; Dara's is poached pears in lemon ginger miso sauce, while Alexander's is a deconstructed cannoli Napoleon. Gordon is initially unsure about the choice of miso broth in Dara's dessert, but the judges all enjoy it. Alexander is commended on the ambition shown in his dessert, and the judges feel he'd largely been able to follow through with it in the execution, though they feel the marscapone is a bit too sweet and off-balance.
  • Judges' Deliberations: The judges feel this is a close call, and in a first for the Fox incarnation of MasterChef, it's strongly implied that the winner was decided on via a split-decision instead of a unanimous vote. Ultimately, while Gordon backs Dara as the winner for the greater overall coherency of her meals (and also having been a consistently excellent performer in every challenge), Graham and Joe feel Alexander deserves the win for his greater ambition and technical ability, and serving an entree Joe describes as "the best meal we've ever tasted on MasterChef."
  • Winner Revealed: Alexander is announced as the first MasterChef Junior winner, taking home the trophy and the $100,000 prize, making Dara the first runner-up.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 2 was Logan Guleff, an 11-year-old from Memphis.

Top 16[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Status Winnings
Logan Guleff[26] 11 Memphis, Tennessee Winner December 16 4
Samuel Stromberg[27] 12 Greenbrae, California Runner-Up December 16 2
Adaiah 12 Danbury, Connecticut Eliminated December 9 4
Abby Major[28] 8 Winchester, Virginia 2
Sean Le 12 Santa Ana, California Eliminated December 2 4
Oona Yaffe[29] 9 New Haven, Connecticut 1
Josh Reisner[30] 10 Forest Hills, New York Eliminated November 25 0
Levi Eirinberg[31] 12 Highland Park, Illinois 2
Mitchell 12 Paso Robles, California Eliminated November 18 0
Sam 9 Reseda, California 0
Jessica 10 Grand Prairie, Texas Eliminated November 11 0
Natalie 12 Greenbrae, California 1
Berry 11 Beverly Hills, California Eliminated November 4 0
Coco 10 Aquilla, Texas 0
Isabella 12 New York, New York 0
Nasir 10 Chicago, Illinois 0

Elimination Table[edit]

Place Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Logan IN IN IMM IN WIN IMM IN IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Samuel IN WIN IN IN IN IN HIGH WIN LOW IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Adaiah IN IN IMM WIN HIGH WIN IN IN WIN WIN ELIM
Abby IN IN IMM IN HIGH IN IN WIN WIN IN ELIM
4 Sean IN WIN WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN LOW ELIM
Oona HIGH WIN IN IN IN LOW IN LOW ELIM
5 Josh IN IN IMM LOW IN IN IN ELIM
Levi IN IN IMM WIN IN WIN IN ELIM
6 Mitchell HIGH IN IMM IMM HIGH ELIM
Sam IN IN IMM LOW HIGH ELIM
7 Jessica IN IN IMM ELIM
Natalie WIN IMM IMM ELIM
8 Berry IN ELIM
Coco IN ELIM
Isabella IN ELIM
Nasir IN ELIM
‹See Tfm›     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
‹See Tfm›     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished in second place.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook won the Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge and was directly advanced to the next round.
‹See Tfm›     (HIGH) The cook was one of the top entries in the individual challenge, but did not win.
‹See Tfm›     (HIGH) The cook was one of the top entries in the Team Challenge, but did not win.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Team Challenge
‹See Tfm›     (IMM) The cook did not have to compete in that round of the competition and was safe from elimination.
‹See Tfm›     (IMM) The cook was selected by the Mystery Box Challenge winner and did not have to compete in the Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, but was not the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, and was the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and their team was last to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and they were the only person from their team to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
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Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
8 1 "Top 16 Compete" November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) 5.09[32]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:

The season starts off with the judges welcoming season one winner Alexander back and having him meet the new contestants. Alexander shows the new kids 13 dishes he made from the mystery box ingredents, because he won the show when he was 13. The kids were given one hour to make a restaurant quality dish. In the end, the top three dishes were Natalie's, Mitchell's and Oona's, but in the end, Natalie's was declared the best because Gordon Ramsay said her dish would be served exactly the same in his restaurant.

  • Elimination Challenge:

As her reward, Natalie was given immunity from the Elimination Challenge and had to pick what the other kids will be cooking in the elimination challenge from three different types of birds: chicken, duck or turkey. She chose chicken and the other kids had to make an elevated chicken dish. The best dishes created was Oona with her chicken liver paté crostini, Samuel with his five-spice chicken wings and Sean with his chicken wings with yuzu salad. Eight-year-old Abby also impressed the judges with her Mexican fried chicken, with Joe saying that "[she] might be the youngest here, Abby, but [she] got big, big potential". Unfortunately, some children didn't meet the mark. The bottom four dishes were Nasir with his lemon chicken drumette served with potatoes and sugar snap peas, Berry with her Moroccan chicken with couscous and fava bean salad, Isabella with her chicken parmesan and Coco with her chicken milanese, wilted greens and fingerling potatoes. Nasir overcooked his chicken, and his dish was overspiced, with Gordon saying that there were raw herbs in the dish. Berry was chastised for her decision to boil the chicken, as her chicken was rendered dry. Isabella didn't even cook her chicken fully and Coco's chicken was unevenly cooked to the point where one half of her chicken was moist and juicy while the other half was flaking apart. In the end, all four were sent home.

9 2 "Top 12 Compete" November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11) 4.89[33]
  • Individual Challenge:

With the best three dishes in the previous elimination challenge, Oona, Sean and Samuel are given premade pancake batter and are told to make as many pancakes as they could in six minutes. The person who made the most pancakes would get a huge advantage in the next challenge, as well as saving their respective judge (Oona was given Gordon, Sean was given Joe and Samuel was given Graham) from being drenched in a huge jar of syrup. Oona and Samuel came across challenges, with Oona breaking her pancakes (she called herself more of an "eggs benedict gal") and later dropping some and Samuel burning his. In the end, Samuel and Sean had a similarly large stack of pancakes, while Oona had a stack which made even herself realize, "I'm screwed". As expected, Sean, with no evident challenge throughout the six minutes, won the challenge with nineteen pancakes (much to Samuel's fury, who got sixteen pancakes), as opposed to Oona's eight. Of course, that didn't stop Sean from pouring his syrup on Joe anyway, sending the kids into peals of laughter.

  • Elimination Challenge:

As his advantage, Sean was immune from the following elimination challenge, and in front of the children was shown three types of cream pie - a fruit pie, a citrus pie and a chocolate pie. Realizing the problems contestants would face from balancing tartness and sweetness, Sean picked the citrus pie, much to Natalie's dismay. Before the sixty minutes began, Sean was given another advantage: the ability to pull out a contestant from facing immunity in the challenge. Sean picked Mitchell, saying that he knew that he was good at making cream pie anyway. During the challenge, all contestants came across challenges, especially Levi and Natalie, the former who couldn't get his tartness right in his curd and the latter who picked grapefruit in place of orange in her intent to make an orange cream pie. In the end, Levi bounced back and created a key lime pie (which had the right amount of acidity, much to Graham's pleasure) that, along with Adaiah's southern style blood orange lemon pie with raspberries, became one of the two best pies of the night. Logan, Oona and Abby also had impressive pies, despite the former one's concerns that the crust was ugly (he defended himself saying "it's the taste that matters", making Joe question if his parents were in politics, which his dad was) and the lattermost putting jelly beans in her pie much to Logan's confusion (though her filling and crust were spot on, causing Gordon to question her age). Oona's blood orange pie with passionfruit whipped cream impressed Gordon so much that he asked where the idea came from, which she said "from my brain". However, there were some junior cooks who made blood pies which didn't impress as much. Samuel's pie was overspiced with nutmeg and rosewater, which covered the grapefruit in the pie, despite his confidence (Mitchell also commented that the pistachio on top of the pie "looked like baby barf", though the judges didn't note that). Jessica, despite her cockiness and the fact that she had baked a citrus pie that won a Texas state fair, had an uneven crust, insufficient whip and a few too many pecans in her citrus Texas pecan pie. Natalie still had raw dough in her crust, Sam had his crust wrong (though Joe said that "everything else was spot on") and Josh also undercooked his crust, though not as badly as Natalie did. The aforementioned became the bottom four of the night. Sam was saved by his perfect balance between curd and cream and Josh did just enough to save himself from elimination, so Jessica and Natalie, despite the latter being a frontrunner, were sent home.

10 3 "Top 10 Compete" November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18) 4.27[34]
11 4 "Top 8 Compete" November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25) 4.06[35]
In The Beginning of The Episode They Have Some Challenge To Fry Some Eggs After That The Top 10 Contestants are To Do Their Signature Dish Abby ans Samel had the best dishes while Onna, Sean, Josh and Levi were at the bottom, But In the end, Josh And Levi Are Eliminated.
12 5 "Top 6 Compete" December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) 4.82[36]
13 6 "Top 4 Compete" December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09) 4.93[37]
14 7 "Season Finale" December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16) 5.61[38]
  • Season Finale: In attendance for the finale are the families of Logan and Samuel, and all the other contestants from this season.
  • Appetizer:
  • Entree:
  • Dessert:
  • Judges' Deliberations: Graham, Gordon, and Joe definitely agree that Logan should be crowned MasterChef Junior.
  • Winner Revealed: Logan is announced as the second MasterChef Junior winner, taking home the trophy and the $100,000 prize, making Samuel the second runner-up.

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 3 was Nathan Odom, a 12-year-old from San Diego.

Top 19[edit]

Contestant[39] Age Hometown Status Winnings
Nathan Odom[40] 12 San Diego, California Winner February 24 7
Andrew Zappley[40] 11 West Deptford, New Jersey Runner-Up February 24 3
Jimmy Warshawsky[41] 12 Santa Clarita, California Eliminated February 17 5
Jenna Kloner[42] 12 New York, New York 3
Ayla 11 St. Louis, Missouri Eliminated February 10 2
Kayla Mitchell[43] 11 Center Moriches, New York[43] 1
Riley Hahn[44] 8 Carrollton, Texas Eliminated February 3 0
Ryan Kate Brandenburg[45] 11 Coppell, Texas 2
Cory Nieves[46] 9 Englewood, New Jersey Eliminated January 27 1
Jack Lembeck [47] 12 Chicago, Illinois 1
Kyler 10 Coto de Caza, California Eliminated January 20 0
Mia Wurster[48] 10 Menlo Park, California 1
Alexis Higgins[49] 8 Gilroy, California Eliminated January 13 0
Micah Sanders[50] 9 Detroit, Michigan 0
AJ 10 Freeport, New York Eliminated January 6 0
Jianna Garcia[51] 9 Providence Village, Texas 0
Parker LaRocco[52] 11 New Buffalo, Michigan 0
Philly Vazzana[53] 9 Chicago, Illinois 0
Quincy 12 Los Angeles, California 0

Elimination Table[edit]

Place Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Nathan IN IN IMM WIN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Andrew IN WIN IN LOW WIN IMM IMM IN IN WIN WIN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Jimmy IN WIN WIN IN IN LOW IMM WIN IN WIN LOW WIN ELIM
Jenna WIN IMM WIN IN IN WIN WIN LOW HIGH IN WIN IN ELIM
4 Ayla IN IN IMM IN IN IN IMM WIN IN IN ELIM
Kayla WIN IMM IMM IN IN IN IMM LOW IN LOW ELIM
5 Riley IN IN IMM IN HIGH IN IMM IN IN ELIM
Ryan Kate IN WIN IN IN IN IN IMM IN HIGH ELIM
6 Cory IN IN IMM LOW IN WIN IN ELIM
Jack WIN IMM IMM IN HIGH IN IMM ELIM
7 Kyler IN IN IMM IN IN ELIM
Mia IN IN IMM WIN IN ELIM
8 Alexis IN IN IMM ELIM
Micah IN IN IMM ELIM
9 AJ IN ELIM
Jianna IN ELIM
Parker IN ELIM
Philly IN ELIM
Quincy IN ELIM
‹See Tfm›     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
‹See Tfm›     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished in second place.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook won the Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge and was directly advanced to the next round.
‹See Tfm›     (HIGH) The cook was one of the top entries in the individual challenge, but did not win.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Mystery Box Challenge or Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (IN) The cook was not selected as a top entry or bottom entry in a Team Challenge.
‹See Tfm›     (IMM) The cook did not have to compete in that round of the competition and was safe from elimination.
‹See Tfm›     (IMM) The cook was selected by the Mystery Box Challenge winner and did not have to compete in the Elimination Test.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, but was not the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in a Elimination Test, and was the last person to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and their team was last to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge, and they were the only person from their team to advance.
‹See Tfm›     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title : The Class of 2015 Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
15 1 "Top 19 Compete" January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06) 5.33[54]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:

The episode begins with all 19 kids running into the MasterChef kitchen. The judges announce that their aprons are hidden in the pantry, and all the kids go and find them. When they return, the kids open their mystery boxes. They must create a restaurant quality dish using: salmon, mango, corn, broccolini, ginger, soy sauce, coconut milk, puff pastry, and tomatillos, as well as the staple pantry box. When they are done, the top three dishes are Jenna with her coconut rice pudding served with a mango mint compote, Jack with his broiled salmon wrapped in swiss chard and over a coconut fish broth and avocado mascarpone smear, and lastly, despite accidentally cutting herself during cook time, Kayla with her mango turnovers served with a coconut cream and a mango coulee. All three contestants end up win the challenge and go into the pantry with the judges to find out their advantage.

  • Elimination Challenge:

The theme of the Elimination Challenge was Pasta. The three choices were Ravioli, Lasagne, and Pappardelle. Since Jenna, Jack, and Kayla won the mystery box challenge, not only that they're safe from elimination and don't have to participate in this challenge, they got to choose which pasta the other contestants got to make. Jenna, Jack, and Kayla chose the Pappardelle for the other contestants to cook. The top three dishes were Andrew, with his bacon crème sauce Pappardelle; Ryan Kate, with her tomato basil sauce Pappardelle; and despite having troubles in the end, Jimmy, with his vodka sausage Pappardelle. In the end, AJ, Jianna, Parker, Philly, and Quincy were eliminated.

16 2 "Top 14 Compete" January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) 4.93[55]
  • Individual Challenge:

Since Andrew, Jimmy, and Ryan Kate had the best dishes from the previous challenge, they participated in this challenge, while the other contestants sat out. Andrew, Ryan Kate, and Jimmy had to whip up enough meringue for 12 lemon meringue pies. The first person to finish not only gets an advantage in the next challenge, but the winner gets to throw their pie with the most meringue either on Gordon, Graham, or Joe's face. In the end, Jimmy wins and gets to throw his pie onto Graham's face.

  • Team Challenge:

After Jimmy won the individual challenge, the contestants compete in a team challenge to make sausages and prepare them for the judges. Since Jimmy won the previous challenge, he got to choose the teams. The teams consisted of Jimmy and Kyler, Mia and Jenna, Ayla and Riley, Jack and Nathan, Ryan Kate and Kayla, Andrew and Cory, and Micah and Alexis. Mia and Jenna end up winning the challenge, with their Pork and Chorizo Sausage with Sauerkraut and Roasted Potatoes. The bottom two teams were Andrew/Cory and Micah/Alexis. In the end, the judges send Alexis and Micah home.

17 3 "Top 12 Compete" January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20) 5.53[56]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:
  • Elimination Challenge: The judges send Kyler and Mia home.
18 4 "Top 10 Compete" January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27) 5.15[57]
  • Individual Challenge: For winning the previous challenge, Cory, Nathan, and Jenna race to find the most ingredients in a pantry full of unlabeled items within 2 minutes. They are each given a list of 20 random items to find. Jenna wins the challenge by correctly finding 10 of the 20 items.
  • Team Challenge: For winning the individual challenge, Jenna gets to pick the teams for the team challenge. She picks Kayla as her own teammate, then pairs Andrew with Riley, Ryan Kate with Nathan, Jack with Cory, and Jimmy with Ayla. The teams now compete in an hour-long tag-team challenge to cook the best sushi platter. Only one teammate can cook at a time; the other can only watch and give advice. Teammates swap roles with each other every ten minutes. Toward the end of the challenge, Andrew and Riley cooperate excellently with each other, while cooperation between Jenna and Kayla breaks down. Ultimately, Jimmy and Ayla win the team challenge; Jenna and Kayla narrowly make it to the next round, while Jack and Cory are eliminated.
19 5 "Top 8 Compete" February 3, 2015 (2015-02-03) 4.96[58]
  • The Top 8 Junior Chefs will Meet Matilda Ramsay, Daughter of Gordon Ramsay Will Asked About The Dish Salmon en Croute. The Junior Chefs Will Listed Down To Recreate This Dish.
  • Elimination Challenge: The judges send Riley and Ryan Kate home.
20 6 "Top 6 Compete" February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10) 4.57[59]
  • Team Challenge: The judges send Kayla and Ayla home.
21 7 "Top 4 Compete" February 17, 2015 (2015-02-17) 5.48[60]
  • Mystery Box Challenge:
  • Elimination Challenge: The judges send Jenna and Jimmy home.
22 8 "Season Finale" February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24) 4.83[61]
  • Season Finale: In attendance for the finale are the families of Nathan and Andrew, and some of the other contestants from this season. The judges want the finalists to prepare and present a seamless, stylistic 3-course dinner in 90 minutes.
  • Appetizer: Nathan makes roasted fennel and gruyere cheese au gratin topped with french ham and a side of shaved fennel and grapefruit cream salad. Andrew produces a home-made herbed ricotta cheese with roasted beets and pumpernickel bread.
  • Entree: Nathan makes a herb crusted lamb chop with fresh morales and fava beans,shaved asparagus and white asparagus puree. Andrew produces a beef-cheek ravioli with a pan sauce and shaved parmesan cheese.
  • Dessert: Nathan makes an Earl Grey tea and Meyer lemon Tart with candied orange peel, match pretzel and a side of blood orange coulis. Andrew produces a sweet arborio rice risotto with a verjus reduction and figs.
  • Judges' Deliberations:
  • Winner Revealed: Nathan is announced as the third MasterChef Junior winner, taking home the trophy and the $100,000 prize, making Andrew the third runner-up.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. television ratings for Masterchef Junior
Season Timeslot (ET) Number of Episodes Premiere Finale TV Season
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Friday 8:00 PM 7 September 27, 2013 4.29[19] November 8, 2013 4.14[25] 2013-14
2 Tuesday 8:00 PM 7 November 4, 2014 5.09[32] December 16, 2014 5.66[38] 2014-15
3 8 January 6, 2015 5.33[54] February 24, 2015 4.83[61] 2014-15

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