MasterChef Junior

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This article is about the American version of Junior MasterChef. For the whole series franchise, see Junior MasterChef.
MasterChef Junior
Genre Cooking
Based on Junior MasterChef
Written by Robin Ashbrook
Judges Gordon Ramsay
Christina Tosi (Season 4-)
Graham Elliot (Seasons 1-4)
Joe Bastianich (Seasons 1-3)
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 34
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
Original network Fox
Original release 09/27/2013 (09/27/2013) – present
External links
Official website

MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition television series that is airing on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013.[1] It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef.[2]

On March 5, 2014, MasterChef Junior was renewed for a third season before production on season two began.[3] The second season premiered on November 4, 2014.[4] The third season premiered on January 6, 2015.[5] The fourth season premiered on November 6, 2015.[6]


Any children between ages eight (8) and thirteen (13) can apply to become a contestant on the series. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition.[2] At the auditions, the applicants are split into 3 groups. One group prepares seafood dishes, one prepares pasta dishes and one group prepares dessert dishes to present to the judges.[7] Twelve of the applicants become contestants for the next round and all twenty-four receive one of the MasterChef franchise's signature aprons that they get to keep, regardless of their progress.[7]

After the audition round, 2 contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000[7] and the MasterChef Junior trophy.


Season 1 of MasterChef Junior premiered on September 27, 2013.[1]

Season 2 premiered on November 4, 2014.[4]

Season 3 premiered on January 6, 2015.[5]

Season 4 premiered on November 6, 2015.

The show was renewed for a 5th and 6th season. The show has finished filming the 5th season and the 6th season began filming in October.


Season Eps. Original airdate Finalists Results Judges
Season premiere Season finale Winner Runner-up
1 7 September 27, 2013 November 28, 2013 12 Alexander Weiss Dara Yu Gordon Ramsay Graham Elliot Joe Bastianich
2 7 November 4, 2014 December 16, 2014 16 Logan Guleff Samuel Stromberg
3 8 January 6, 2015 February 24, 2015 19 Nathan Odom Andrew Zappley
4 12 November 6, 2015 January 29, 2016 24 Addison Osta Smith Avery Kyle Christina Tosi

Television Ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of MasterChef Junior on Fox.

Each US network TV season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
U.S. television ratings for MasterChef Junior
Season Timeslot (ET) Number of Episodes Premiere Finale TV Season Season ranking Season viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Friday 8:00 PM 7 September 27, 2013 4.29[8] November 8, 2013 4.14[9] 2013–14 83[10] 5.56
2 Tuesday 8:00 PM 7 November 4, 2014 5.09[11] December 16, 2014 5.66[8] 2014–15 89[12] 6.30
3 8 January 6, 2015 5.33[13] February 24, 2015 4.83[14]
4 Friday 8:00 PM 12 November 6, 2015 4.16[15] January 29, 2016 4.75 2015–16 81[16] 5.67


Like its adult counterpart, MasterChef Junior is expertly judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.[2] Bastianich did not return for the show's fourth season, being replaced by prominent pastry chef Christina Tosi.[17] Elliot will not return for the show's fifth season.


Fox placed casting calls for participants in January 2013.[18] Fox officially ordered the series (then under the name Junior MasterChef) on May 10, 2013.[19] 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. It did not. One contestant (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 (but not at) the contestants.[7]


Season 1 (2013)[edit]

Season 1 premiered on September 27, 2013, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich acting as the series' judges.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 1 was Alexander Weiss, a thirteen-year-old from New York City. He is the first and eldest winner of MasterChef Junior.

Semifinalist Troy Glass is now a famous celebrity, appearing on Kids React and other cooking shows, and making cameos on shows like Agents of SHIELD.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

Season 2 premiered on November 4, 2014, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich again acting as the series' judges.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 2 was Logan Guleff, an eleven-year-old from Memphis. He is the youngest male winner of MasterChef Junior.

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

Season 3 premiered on January 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich once again acting as the series' judges.

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

Season 4 (2015-2016)[edit]

Season 4 premiered on November 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi acting as the series' judges.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 4 was Addison Smith, a nine-year-old from River Forest. She is the youngest winner of MasterChef Junior, and the only female winner. Runner up was Avery Kyle, also age nine. Also appearing in this season was. Adam Vogel who after reviving a spin off entitiled the Adam Vogel show became an instant celebrity

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 25, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'NCIS', 'NCIS: New Orleans', 'Fresh Off the Boat', 'New Girl' & 'TV's Hottest Commercials' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  19. ^ Marechal, AJ (May 10, 2013). "Fox, Gordon Ramsay to Cook Up 'Junior Masterchef'". Variety. Variety Media. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

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