Junior MasterChef

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Junior MasterChef
Genre Cookery
Created by Franc Roddam
Karen Ross
John Silver
Presented by Loyd Grossman (1994–1999)
John Torode (2010–)
Donal Skehan (2012–)
Nadia Sawalha (2010)
Narrated by India Fisher (2010, 2014)
Sharon Horgan (2012)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5 (original)
3 (revival; aired to date)
No. of episodes 65 (original)
38 (revival)
Running time 25–30 minutes
Production company(s) Shine Television
Original network BBC One (1994–99; 2010–12)
CBBC (2010–)
Picture format 4:3 (1994–99)
16:9 (2010–)
Original release Original series:
14 August 1994 (1994-08-14) – 1 August 1999 (1999-08-01)
Revival series:
10 May 2010 (2010-05-10) – present
Related shows MasterChef UK

Junior MasterChef is a British TV cookery competition, broadcast by the BBC, in which nine- to twelve-year-olds compete to be crowned "Junior MasterChef". It is a spin-off from the main UK series of MasterChef.

Junior MasterChef first ran from 1994 to 1999, presented by Loyd Grossman. After a long hiatus, it was revived in 2010 in a revamped format,[1] presented by writer and actress Nadia Sawalha, who won the 2007 series of Celebrity MasterChef, and professional chef John Torode, who also presents MasterChef. The revival series was commissioned by CBBC controller Anne Gilchrist and produced by Shine Television, and was broadcast on CBBC and BBC One. A further series was commissioned in 2012 for broadcast on CBBC[2] and again in 2014.

Original series[edit]

Based on the MasterChef format, and using the same set, the original Junior MasterChef was for cooks up to the age of 16. It ran from 1994 to 1999 and was presented by Loyd Grossman.

Revival series[edit]

Junior MasterChef was briefly revived in 2008 for a Children in Need special. It was won by Billy.

The first new series, for children aged 9 to 12, began on 10 May 2010 as part of the children's programming block on BBC One. India Fisher provided the voiceover as usual, while the judges were John Torode and former Celebrity MasterChef champion Nadia Sawalha. Georgia, who had become 13 yrs old by the time the finals occurred, was the 2010 winner.[3] From the 2012 series, Sawalha was replaced by Irish cook Donal Skehan.[4]

Age limit rules[edit]

The online application form[5] for the CBBC series filmed in 2012 clearly shows that applicants had to be between 8 and 13 years old on 6 August of that year. Filming of the early heats would start on that same date.


CBBC version[edit]

There were over two thousand applicants for the first series of Junior MasterChef. Out of two thousand, only thirty one chefs were successful and made it through to the heats. From each heat, one chef was chosen for the quarter- final and then from the quarter- final group, two chefs proceeded to the semi-finals. The four chefs in the semi- final were 11-year-old Amber, 12-year-old Georgia, 12-year-old Hajra and 11-year-old George. In the first part of the semi-final, the chefs were asked to cook both the Doctor and his Companion, Amy Pond, from Doctor Who's favourite dishes. The task in the second part of the semi- final was to make food for the British boy band, JLS based on their favourite dishes and also to cook food for three authors: Andy Stanton, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Charlie Higson.

In the grand finale, the four chefs, who were the same as those from the semi- final, were asked to make their own three course meal for the presenters. They received very good comments from the judges. The eventual winner was 13-year-old Georgia Bradford from Leigh-on-Sea.[6]

The second series, which features cooks aged between eight and 13 years old, consisted of 15 half-hour episodes: eight heats, two quarterfinals, four semi-finals and a final cook-off.


Year Winner
1994 Katie Targett-Adams[7]
1995 Jenna Tinson
1996 Lucy Wright
1997 Serena Martin
1998 Adam Cowley
1999 Dominique Fraser
2010 Benjamin Scott
2011 Rosie Jones
2012 Tom Barlow-Kay
2014 Phoebe Riley


Series Start date End date Episodes
Original series
1 14 August 1994 13 November 1994 13
2 16 July 1995 22 October 1995 13
3 4 August 1996 27 October 1996 13
4 11 March 1997 31 May 1997 13
5 18 April 1999 1 August 1999 13
Revived series
1 10 May 2010 28 May 2010 13
2 5 November 2012 23 November 2012 15
3 10 November 2014 21 November 2014 10

International adaptations[edit]

Legend:      Still in production        No longer airing  

Country Name Host(s) Judges Network Air dates
Asia Junior MasterChef Asia TBA TBA Lifetime
STAR World
 Australia Junior MasterChef Australia George Calombaris
Gary Mehigan
Gary Mehigan
George Calombaris
Matt Preston (Season 1)
Anna Gare
Matt Moran (Season 2)
Network Ten 12 September 2010 – 15 November 2010 (Season 1)
25 September 2011 – 23 November 2011 (Season 2)
 Belgium (Dutch) Junior MasterChef Belgium unknown Wout Bru
Fatima Marzouki
vtm 18 January 2012 – 2012
 Brazil MasterChef Junior Ana Paula Padrão Erick Jacquin
Paola Carosella
Henrique Fogaça
Band October 20, 2015 – December 15, 2015
 Chile Junior MasterChef Chile Diana Bolocco Christopher Carpentier
Yann Yvin
Ennio Carota
Canal 13 21 March 2016 - present
 Finland Junior MasterChef Tomi Björck
Meri-Tuuli Lindström
Nelonen 19 August 2012 – 7 October 2012
 France Junior MasterChef Carole Rousseau Frédéric Anton
Yves Camdeborde
Sebastian Demorand
TF1 22 December 2011; 5 July 2012; 27 December 2013
 Greece Junior MasterChef Greece Maria Mpekatorou Yiannis Loukakos
Lefteris Lazarou
Dimitris Skarmoutsos
Mega Channel 27 November 2011 – 5 February 2012
 India Junior Masterchef Swaad Ke Ustaad N/A Kunal Kapoor
Vikas Khanna
Surjan Singh Jolly
Star Plus 17 August 2013 – 2 November 2013
 Indonesia Junior MasterChef Indonesia Rinrin Marinka
Bara Pattiradjawane (Season 2-)
Arnold Poernomo
Degan Septoadji (Season 1)
RCTI 6 April 2014 – present
 Israel Junior MasterChef Israel unknown Haim Cohen
Eyal Shani
Micahl Anski
Yonatan Rochfeld[8]
Channel 2
22 April 2012 – present
 Italy Junior MasterChef Italia Joe Bastianich
Carlo Cracco
Bruno Barbieri
Lidia Bastianich
Alessandro Borghese
Sky Uno
13 March 2014 – present
 Mexico Junior MasterChef México Anette Michel Adrián Herrera Díaz
Benito Molina Dubost
Betty Vázquez
Azteca Trece (Azteca) 3 April 2016 – 3 July 2016
5 March 2017 – present
 Netherlands Junior MasterChef N/A Alain Caron
Peter Lute
Net 5 28 November 2011 – 24 December 2011
Junior MasterChef N/A Alain Caron
Ron Blaauw
SBS 6 12 October 2012 – present
 Philippines[9] Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo Fern Aracama
Rolando Laudico
JP Anglo
ABS-CBN 27 August 2011 – 18 February 2012
 Poland Masterchef Junior Michael Moran Michael Moran
Mateusz Gessler
Anna Starmach
TVN 21 February 2016 – 24 April 2016 (Season 1)
19 February 2017 – 23 April 2017 (Season 2)
 Portugal Masterchef Júnior Teresa Fernandes (narrator) Manuel Luís Goucha
Rui Paula
Miguel Rocha Vieira
TVI 22 May 2016 – 31 July 2016 (Season 1)
2017 (Season 2)
 Russia MasterChef Deti Alexandr Belkovich
Andrey Shmakov
Giuseppe D'Angelo
STS 7 November 2015 – present
 Spain MasterChef Junior Eva González Pepe Rodríguez
Jordi Cruz
Samantha Vallejo-Nágera
La 1 23 December 2013 – 6 January 2014 (Season 1)
30 December 2014 – 3 February 2015 (Season 2)
1 December 2015 – 5 January 2016 (Season 3)
20 December 2016 – 17 January 2017 (Season 4)
 Sweden Sveriges yngsta mästerkock Tina Nordström
Leif Mannerström
Markus Aujalay
TV4 9 April 2014 – present
 Taiwan Kid's Kitchen William Hsieh
Big Stomach
CTS September 2015 – present
 Thailand Junior MasterChef Thailand Patiparn Pataweekarn
Ban Boribun
Chatchaya Ruktakanit
Channel 3 3 February 2013 – present
 Ukraine MasterChef Dity Hector Jimenez-Bravo (1-2)
Tatiana Litvinova (1-2)
Mykola Tischenko (1)
Sergey Kalinin (2)
Dmitriy Gorovenko (2)
STB 3 February 2016 – 1 May 2016 (Season 1)
TBA 2017 (Season 2)
 United States MasterChef Junior Gordon Ramsay Joe Bastianich (Seasons 1-3)
Graham Elliot (Seasons 1-4)
Christina Tosi (Season 4-)
Fox 27 September 2013 – present


Junior MasterChef Vietnam N/A Jack Lee
Phan Tôn Tịnh Hải
Alain Nguyễn
VTV3 2 October 2016 – present

In the Taiwanese version, the series is based on the same concept as Junior Masterchef, but there are no mystery box challenges, and there are no eliminations (but there had been cases where a contestant has quit the competition for health reasons). After the first individual challenge, there are a series of team challenges, where team captains cannot enter the pantry, the person who earns the most points (doubled as a winning team captain in team challenges) wins. The eventual winner will receive home appliances instead.

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