|Based on||Junior MasterChef|
|Written by||Robin Ashbrook|
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
Adeline Ramage Rooney
|Production company(s)||One Potato Two Potato
|Original release||09/27/2013– present|
MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition television series that is airing on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef.
On March 5, 2014, MasterChef Junior was renewed for a third season before production on season two began. The second season premiered on November 4, 2014. The third season premiered on January 6, 2015. The fourth season premiered on November 6, 2015.
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. 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. 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.
After the audition round, 2 contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000 and the MasterChef Junior trophy.
Season 1 of MasterChef Junior premiered on September 27, 2013.
Season 2 premiered on November 4, 2014.
Season 3 premiered on January 6, 2015.
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 will begin filming the 6th in October.
|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|
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.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Number of Episodes||Premiere||Finale||TV Season||Season ranking||Season viewers|
|1||Friday 8:00 PM||7||September 27, 2013||4.29||November 8, 2013||4.14||2013–14||83||5.56|
|2||Tuesday 8:00 PM||7||November 4, 2014||5.09||December 16, 2014||5.66||2014–15||89||6.30|
|3||8||January 6, 2015||5.33||February 24, 2015||4.83|
|4||Friday 8:00 PM||12||November 6, 2015||4.16||January 29, 2016||4.75||2015–16||81||5.67|
Like its adult counterpart, MasterChef Junior is expertly judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. Bastianich did not return for the show's fourth season, being replaced by prominent pastry chef Christina Tosi. Elliot will not return for the show's fifth season.
Fox placed casting calls for participants in January 2013. Fox officially ordered the series (then under the name Junior MasterChef) on May 10, 2013. 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.
Season 1 (2013)
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.
Season 2 (2014)
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)
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 3 was Nathan Odom, a twelve-year-old from San Diego.
Season 4 (2015-2016)
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, from Louisiana.
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