MasterChef Junior

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MasterChef Junior
Genre Cooking
Based on Junior MasterChef
Written by Robin Ashbrook
Judges Gordon Ramsay
Christina Tosi
Graham Elliot
Joe Bastianich
Aaron Sanchez
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 49
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
Endemol Shine North America
Original network Fox
Original release September 27, 2013 (September 27, 2013) – present
External links
Official website

MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition involving children and teenagers from age 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] A sixth season was announced by Fox on September 19, 2017 to begin airing sometime in the 2017-2018 TV season, and will feature the return of former MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Joe Bastianich.[7]


Any child or teenager between ages eight and thirteen can apply to become a contestant on the series by applying online or by going to a open casting call. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition.[1] At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups.[8] 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.[8]

After the audition round, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000[8] and the MasterChef Junior trophy.

Since season 2-4 the contestants get their apron and the competition begins, starting from season 5 the Top 40 home cooks compete making dishes from scallops, to steak, to cupcakes to get a spot in the competition and a white apron. After one or two contestants go home.

Series overview[edit]


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
5 15 February 9, 2017 May 18, 2017 20 Jasmine Stewart Justise Mayberry Guest judges


Title Original air date U.S. viewers (millions)
"An Extra Serving"[9] April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27) 2.65[10]
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.



Like its adult counterpart, at its inception MasterChef Junior was expertly 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.[11] Elliot did not return for the show's fifth season.


Fox placed casting calls for participants in January 2013.[12] Fox officially ordered the series (then under the name Junior MasterChef) on May 10, 2013.[13] 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.[8]

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 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 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 series' judges.

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

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 series' 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 series' judges.

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 4 was Addison Smith, a nine-year-old from River Forest, Illinois. She is the youngest winner of MasterChef Junior, and the first female winner. Runner up was Avery Kyle, also age nine, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Season 5 (2017)[edit]

The fifth season premiered on February 9, 2017, with chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi acting as the series' judges, along with numerous guest judges including Julie Bowen and Mayim Bialik.[14]

The winner of MasterChef Junior season 5 was Jasmine Stewart, an eleven-year-old from Milton, Georgia. She is the second female winner, and the first previously eliminated contestant to win the competition. Runner up was Justise Mayberry, also age eleven, from Sugar Hill, Georgia.

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[15] November 8, 2013 4.14[16] 2013–14 83[17] 5.56
2 Tuesday 8:00 PM 7 November 4, 2014 5.09[18] December 16, 2014 5.66[15] 2014–15 89[19] 6.30
3 8 January 6, 2015 5.33[20] February 24, 2015 4.83[21]
4 Friday 8:00 PM 12 November 6, 2015 4.16[22] January 29, 2016 4.75 2015–16 81[23] 5.67
5 Thursday 8:00 PM 15 February 9, 2017 4.21[24] May 18, 2017 3.52[25] 2016–17 97[26] 4.57

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Fox Orders Season 3 of 'MasterChef Junior'". Deadline Hollywood. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Snetiker, Marc (October 2, 2014). "Meet the new kid chefs on 'MasterChef Junior' season 2". Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'MasterChef Junior' Season 3 Premiere: The Cooking Competition Junior Edition Is Back On January 6, 2015! Judge Joe Bastianich Bids Good Bye To The Show". KDramaStars. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "'Meet the Newest Batch of Bite-Sized Home Cooks on New Season of FOX's MASTERCHEF JUNIOR". Broadway World. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Fan-Favorite "Masterchef Junior" Judge Joe Bastianich Returns For Season Six, Scheduled To Air During The 2017-2018 Season On Fox". Fox Flash Fox Publicity Online. September 19, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
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  9. ^ "Breaking News - First-Ever "MasterChef Junior" Special to Air Thursday, April 27, on FOX". Futon Critic. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (April 28, 2017). "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Masterchef Junior' adjust up; 'The Catch' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'MasterChef Junior' Renewed For Season 4, Christina Tosi Joins As New Judge - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Nguyen, Tina (January 18, 2013). "MasterChef Now Casting For Children For Gordon Ramsay To Emotionally Destroy". Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Marechal, AJ (May 10, 2013). "Fox, Gordon Ramsay to Cook Up 'Junior Masterchef'". Variety. Variety Media. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ "MasterChef Junior Returns February 9!". Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (December 17, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'NCIS' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Up, No Adjustment for 'Person of Interest' or 'MasterChef Junior'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 11, 2013). "Friday Final Ratings: 'Dracula' & 'The Neighbors' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Team, The Deadline (May 22, 2014). "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 5, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'About a Boy' & 'Selfie' Adjusted Down + Final Election Coverage Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Lisa de Moraes. "2014-15 Full TV Season Ratings: Rankings For All Shows - Deadline". Deadline. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 8, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: No Adjustments to 'Agent Carter', 'Person of Interest' or 'Forever'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Porter, Rick (November 9, 2015). "Friday Final Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' adjusts up, everything else holds". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  23. ^ Lisa de Moraes. "Full 2015-16 TV Season Series Rankings: 'Blindspot', 'Life In Pieces' & 'Quantico' Lead Newcomers". Deadline. 
  24. ^ Porter, Rick (February 10, 2017). "'Riverdale' adjusts up; 'Great Indoors,' 'Powerless,' 'Mom,' 'Chicago Med' down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  25. ^ Porter, Rick (May 19, 2017). "'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Masterchef Junior' finales, 'Amazing Race' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  26. ^ Lisa de Moraes. "Final 2016-17 TV Rankings: 'Sunday Night Football' Winning Streak Continues". Deadline. 

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