MasterChef Junior

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MasterChef Junior
Based onJunior MasterChef
Written byRobin Ashbrook
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes64
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)One Potato Two Potato
Endemol Shine North America
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2013 (September 27, 2013) – present
External links
Official website

MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition involving children from the ages of 8–13 and airs on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef.[1]

On March 5, 2014, MasterChef Junior was renewed for a third season before production on season two began.[2] The second season premiered on November 4, 2014.[3] The third season premiered on January 6, 2015.[4] The fourth season premiered on November 6, 2015.[5] The fifth season premiered on February 9, 2017.[6] The sixth season premiered on March 2, 2018.[7] On November 26, 2018, the show's official YouTube page posted a video announcing a seventh season to premiere sometime in February 2019, with the judges being Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and Aarón Sanchez.[8]


Any child between ages eight and thirteen can apply to become a contestant on the series by applying online or by going to an open casting call. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition.[1] At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups.[9] 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.[9]

After the audition round, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000[9] and the MasterChef Junior trophy.

In seasons 2–4, the contestants get their apron and the competition begins; starting from season 5, the cooks compete making dishes to get a spot in the competition and a white apron.

Series overview[edit]


Season Eps. Original airdate Finalists Results Judges
Season premiere Season finale Winner Runner(s)-up
1 7 September 27, 2013 November 28, 2013 12 Alexander Weiss Dara Yu Gordon Ramsay Graham Elliot Joe Bastianich
2 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
5 15 February 9, 2017 May 18, 2017 20 Jasmine Stewart Justise Mayberry Guest judges
6 March 2, 2018 May 18, 2018 24 Beni Cwiakala Avery Meadeows
& Quani Fields
Joe Bastianich


Title Original air date U.S. viewers (millions)
"An Extra Serving"[10]April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27)2.65[11]
Gordon Ramsay recaps the events of the past five seasons; moments from past seasons, as well as never-before-seen bloopers, were shown; contestants from seasons 1–3 talked about the events in the years since they competed; Ramsay talks with the previous winners.
"The Road to the Finale"[12]May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)1.74[13]
Gordon Ramsay takes a look back at the events of season 6 along with some clips and bloopers, and shows some of the audition videos submitted for the show. The three finalists challenge Ramsay to cook their three favorite dishes in 30 minutes while they force him to switch from one dish to another. In the end, the kids playfully "eliminate" Ramsay.
"Celebrity Showdown"[14]November 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)5.31[15]
This two-hour special is hosted by Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sanchez and teams celebrities up with past contestants and other kids in competitions. The first battle is between Eric Stonestreet and season 5 contestant Shayne Wells against Terrence Howard and season 6 finalist Avery Meadows in a Mystery Box challenge where they have one hour to cook a meal featuring nuts. Terrance and Avery win the challenge. The second battle is between Alyson Hannigan and her nine-year-old daughter Saty against Lil Rel Howery and his nine-year-old daughter Brittni where the teams must replicate a party platter of appetizers in one hour, and it will be a tag team battle where the parents first cook for twenty minutes, the kids then cook for twenty minutes, and then they cook together for twenty minutes. Alyson and Saty win the challenge. The third battle is between Emmitt Smith and season 6 winner Beni Cwiakala against Jerry Rice and season 4 winner Addison Osta Smith where the teams must cook a meal for a group of military members, doctors, nurses, and first responders in 60 minutes. Aarón joins up with Emmett and Beni while Gordon joins up with Jerry and Addison, while the judges will be the diners themselves and Lidia Bastianich. Emmett, Beni and Aarón win this challenge. All winning celebrities received $25,000 for their favorite charity, while the other celebrities received $15,000 for their charity.



Like its adult counterpart, at its inception MasterChef Junior was judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.[1] Bastianich did not return for the show's fourth season, being replaced by prominent pastry chef Christina Tosi.[16] Elliot did not return for the show's fifth season. For the sixth season, Bastianich returned to his judging position.


Fox placed casting calls for participants in January 2013.[17] Fox officially ordered the series (then under the name Junior MasterChef) on May 10, 2013.[18] 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.[9]

Season synopsis[edit]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

The first season premiered on September 27, 2013, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich acting as the judges.

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

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

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

The second season premiered on November 4, 2014, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich again acting as the judges.

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

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

The third season premiered on January 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich once again acting as the judges.

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

Season 4 (2015–16)[edit]

The fourth season premiered on November 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi acting as the judges.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 4 was Addison Smith, a nine-year-old from River Forest, Illinois.

Season 5 (2017)[edit]

The fifth season premiered on February 9, 2017, with chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi acting as the judges, along with numerous guest judges including Julie Bowen and Mayim Bialik.[19]

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 5 was Jasmine Stewart, an eleven-year-old from Milton, Georgia. She is the first previously eliminated contestant to win the competition.

Season 6 (2018)[edit]

The sixth season premiered on March 2, 2018, with returning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi acting as the judges, along with returning judge Joe Bastianich as the third judge.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 6 was Beni Cwiakala, a nine-year-old from Chicago, Illinois.

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[20] November 8, 2013 4.14[21] 2013–14 83[22] 5.56
2 Tuesday 8:00 PM November 4, 2014 5.09[23] December 16, 2014 5.66[20] 2014–15 89[24] 6.30
3 8 January 6, 2015 5.33[25] February 24, 2015 4.83[26]
4 Friday 8:00 PM 12 November 6, 2015 4.16[27] January 29, 2016 4.75 2015–16 81[28] 5.67
5 Thursday 8:00 PM 15 February 9, 2017 4.21[29] May 18, 2017 3.52[30] 2016–17 97[31] 4.57
6 Friday 8:00 PM March 2, 2018 3.40[32] May 18, 2018 3.32[33] 2017–18 114[34] 4.33

See also[edit]


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