|Based on||Junior MasterChef|
|Written by||Robin Ashbrook|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||95|
|Production companies||One Potato Two Potato|
Endemol Shine North America
|Original release||September 27, 2013 –|
MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition involving children from the ages of 8–13 that premiered on Fox on September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the British 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. The fifth season premiered on February 9, 2017. The sixth season premiered on March 2, 2018.
On February 13, 2019, it was announced that the seventh season would premiere with a two-episode special on March 12, 2019, with the judges being Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and Aarón Sánchez.
In July 2019, it was announced that the show would be returning for an eighth season, with Ramsay and Sánchez as returning judges, along with new judge Daphne Oz replacing Tosi. The season premiered on March 17, 2022.
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. The contestants are announced through a variety of methods over the years, sometimes via competitions, or sometimes the top contestants are simply announced.
As in its parent show MasterChef, the following challenges have all been regularly featured on the show:
Once the competition is reduced to either the final two or three competitors, the finalists will compete against each other in a three-course cook-off. All courses of the meal are judged and an overall winner is crowned. The winner of each season wins $100,000, the MasterChef Junior trophy, and the title of MasterChef Junior. Some seasons have also added other prizes.
|Season||Judge 1||Judge 2||Judge 3|
|1||Gordon Ramsay||Graham Elliot||Joe Bastianich|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Winner||Runner(s)-up|
|1||7||September 27, 2013||November 8, 2013||12||Alexander Weiss||Dara Yu|
|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|
|5||15||February 9, 2017||May 18, 2017||20||Jasmine Stewart||Justise Mayberry|
|6||15||March 2, 2018||May 18, 2018||24||Beni Cwiakala||Avery Meadows|
& Quani Fields
|7||15||March 12, 2019||June 4, 2019||24||Che Spiotta||Ivy Angst|
& Malia Brauer
|8||16||March 17, 2022||June 23, 2022||16||Liya Chu||Grayson Price|
|No.||Title||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"An Extra Serving"||April 27, 2017||SP-1721||2.65|
|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.|
|2||"The Road to the Finale"||May 15, 2018||SP-1820||1.74|
|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.|
|3||"Celebrity Showdown"||November 22, 2018||SP-1906||5.31|
|This two-hour special is hosted by Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sánchez 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.|
|4||"Junior Edition: The Road to the Finale (Season 7)"||May 28, 2019||SP-1918||1.94|
|Much like the Season 6 special, Gordon Ramsay takes a look back at the events of season 7 along with some clips and bloopers, and shows some of the audition videos submitted for the show. The three finalists get dedicated segments on their respective backgrounds, and Ramsay gets to dump cream and cocoa on them.|
|5||"Junior Edition: The Road to the Finale (Season 8)"||June 23, 2022||SP-2220||1.70|
|Ramsay and Sánchez take a look back at the highlights of the season, including a countdown of the best bloopers of the year.|
Like its adult counterpart, at its inception MasterChef Junior was 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 did not return for the show's fifth season, and a series of rotating guest judges served for the third judge. For the sixth season, Bastianich returned to his judging position. In the seventh season, Bastianich left again and was replaced by Aarón Sánchez, who was one of the guest judges in season 5 as well as a judge on the adult MasterChef.
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 (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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 1)
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 S.H.I.E.L.D.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 2)
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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 3)
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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 4)
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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 5)
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.
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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 6)
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.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 7)
The seventh season premiered on March 12, 2019, with returning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi acting as the judges, along with returning judge Aarón Sánchez as the third judge.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 7 was Che Spiotta, a twelve-year-old from Boiceville, New York.
Main article: MasterChef Junior (American season 8)
The eighth season premiered on March 17, 2022, with Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sánchez as returning judges, along with new judge Daphne Oz replacing Christina Tosi.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 8 was Liya Chu, a ten-year-old from Scarsdale, New York.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of MasterChef Junior on Fox.
|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||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|
|5||Thursday 8:00 PM||15||February 9, 2017||4.21||May 18, 2017||3.52||2016–17||97||4.57|
|6||Friday 8:00 PM||March 2, 2018||3.40||May 18, 2018||3.32||2017–18||114||4.33|
|7||Tuesday 8:00 PM||March 12, 2019||2.82||June 4, 2019||3.27||2018–19||124||3.69|
|8||Thursday 8:00 PM (1–12, 15)
Thursday 9:00 PM (13, 16)
Tuesday 9:00 PM (14)
|16||March 17, 2022||2.07||June 23, 2022||2.22||2021–22||TBA||TBA|