MasterChef România

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MasterChef România
MasterChef Logo & Wordmark.svg
Directed by Marius Toader, Monica Senchiu - Media Factory (4-)
Presented by Răzvan Fodor
Judges Răzvan Exarhu (6-)
Samuel le Torriellec (6-)
Liviu Popescu (6-)
Patrizia Paglieri (4-5)
Florin Scripcă "FOA" (4-5)
Adrian Hădean (4-5)
Cătălin Scărlătescu (1-3)
Sorin Bontea (1-3)
Florin Dumitrescu (1-3)
Theme music composer Katy Perry
Opening theme Hot n Cold (only in the second Season)
Country of origin Romania
Original language(s) Romanian
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 95 aired
Running time 120 minutes
Original network Pro TV
Original release 20 March 2012 – present
External links

MasterChef Romania is the Romanian version of the television cooking game show, open to amateur and home chefs. The first series is featured to start on 20 March 2012 and it is broadcast by Pro TV channel in Romania. The show is hosted by Romanian actor Răzvan Fodor.[1] The panel was completed by Cătălin Scărlătescu, Sorin Bontea and Florin Dumitrescu but they are replaced in season 4 by Patrizia Paglieri, Adrian Hădean and Florin Scripcă.[2] Starting with the 6th Season, the MasterChef panel has been replaced by chefs Răzvan Exarhu, Samuel le Torriellec and Liviu Popescu.[3]

The first season started on 20 March 2012 on PRO TV and lasted until 6 June.[4]

The second season was broadcast between 5 March and 28 May 2013.[5]

The third season was broadcast between 18 March and 10 June 2014.[6]

The fourth season started on 15 September 2014 and concluded on 23 December 2014.[7]

The fifth season started on September 14, 2015 and lasted until 14 December 2015.[8]


Of all the amateur chefs who audition nationwide, one hundred are chosen to cook their signature dish for the three judges. Each judge takes a taste of the dish and gives his opinion before voting a "yes" or a "no". At least two "yes" votes are required to earn a white MasterChef apron, allowing the competitor to advance.

In the Mystery Box challenge, contestants receive a number of ingredients of which they are to make a dish of their choice. The contestants are allowed to use any number of the ingredients they wish, and are free to leave any ingredients out. Once the dishes are finished, the judges choose three of the dishes to taste. The winner receives an advantage in the following elimination challenge.

The off-site team challenge involves the contestants being split into two teams, blue and red, which consist of equal numbers and are given a task, for example, running a restaurant or catering for a party or wedding. After the task has been completed, the teams are given the results, which can be determined by third party votes. Members of the losing team compete in an elimination challenge.

A "pressure test" challenge involves competitors who failed in a previous challenge (i.e. the three worst performers in an individual challenge or the losing team in a group challenge). The competitors are given a dish that they then must create in a particular time frame. Once the contestants have finished cooking, the dishes are taken to the judges to be tasted, who then criticize, vote and eliminate one or more contestants.


Series summary[edit]

Season Season Premiere Date Season Finale Date No. of Finalists No of Episodes Winner Runner-up Judges Presenter
1 March 20, 2012 June 6, 2012 21 13 Petru Buiucă Mimi Nicolae Cătălin Scărlătescu
Sorin Bontea
Florin Dumitrescu
Răzvan Fodor
2 March 5, 2013 May 28, 2013 24 14 Aida Parascan Alex Hora
3 March 18, 2014 June 10, 2014 22 13 Jesica Zamfir Irina Bucșă
4 September 15, 2014 December 23, 2014 24 25 Ciprian Ogarcă Odette Mândruță Patrizia Paglieri
Adrian Hădean
Florin Scripcă
5 September 14, 2015 December 14, 2015 24 26 Andrei Voica Liviu Balint
6 February 13, 2017 In motion TBA TBA TBA TBA Răzvan Exarhu
Samuel le Torriellec
Liviu Popescu


The first episode aired on 20 March 2012. The winner was 23-year-old office manager, Petru Buiucă,[9] who defeated Mimi Nicolae in the grand final. Buiucă received a cheque of 50,000 euros.[10]

The second season started on 5 March 2013. The grand prize was won by Aida Parascan,[11] a housewife that lives with her family in Italy, but came especially back to Romania to take part at the show. The prize remained the same, 50,000 euros.

The third season started on 18 March 2014.[12]

The fourth season started on 15 September 2014. The winner of this season was announced on December 23, 2014 and is Ciprian Ogarcă.

The fifth season started on 14 September 2015.[8] The winner of this season was announced on December 14, 2015 and is Andrei Voica.[13]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ ""MasterChef" are din toamnă un nou juriu de excepție : Patrizia Paglieri, Adrian Hădean și Florin Scripcă" ["MasterChef" has from this autumn a new jury of exception: Patrizia Paglieri, Adrian Hădean and Florin Scripcă]. Pro TV (in Romanian). 2 July 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Primul MasterChef din Romania este Petru Buiuca. Iata probele din finala". 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  10. ^ "AcasaTV - Ce a facut Petru Buiuca, castigatiorul MasterChef , cu banii castigati - Stiri". 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  11. ^ Petru Luca. "EXCLUSIV! Aida Parascan, castigatoarea Masterchef,... | WOWBiz". Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
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  13. ^ "Masterchef | ProTv". Retrieved 2017-04-02.