Top Chef Junior
Hosted byVanessa Lachey
JudgesCurtis Stone
Gail Simmons
Tiffany Derry
Antonia Lofaso
Graham Elliot
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes17 (11 unaired)
Release
Original networkUniversal Kids
Original releaseOctober 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) –
present (present)

Top Chef Junior is an American reality competition television series that serves as a spin-off of the popular Top Chef series. Ordered in 2008 for an eight-episode run on Bravo,[1][2] the show had never aired, nor is it known if any episodes were produced at that time. However, nine years later, Top Chef Junior was mentioned as the marquee program for Universal Kids, an NBCUniversal-owned children's channel launched on September 9, 2017.[3] Season 1 consisted of 14 episodes and feature 12 young chefs, aged 9–14. The winner receives $50,000 and the title of Top Chef Junior.[4] The show is hosted by actress Vanessa Lachey, with Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone serving as its head judge.[4] Top Chef Junior premiered on October 13, 2017.[5] In November 2017 Top Chef Junior was renewed for a 2nd season, which premiered on September 8, 2018. It consists of 12 finalist chefs aged 9–14.

Season 1

Season 1 Contestants

Sources:[6][7][8]

Name Age Hometown
Audrey Brust 11 Zachary, LA
Fernando Valdes Nicholson 11 Elmhurst, IL
Fuller Goldsmith† 13 Tuscaloosa, AL
Henry Wieser 13 Naperville, IL
Jasmine Bell 13 Charlotte, NC
Katelyn Rickert 11 New Orleans, LA
Kenzie Mills 12 Midlothian, TX
Max Gerber 11 New York, NY
Maxine Sutton 13 Los Angeles, CA
Milo Fleming 13 St. Paul, MN
Owen Pereira 13 Baltimore, MD
Rahanna Martinez 13 Oakland, CA

Elimination table

Place Contestant Episode
1 2 3 1 4 5 2 6 3 7 8 4 9 10 5 11 12 13 14
1 Owen HIGH HIGH IN HIGH IN WIN HIGH IN WIN IMM HIGH LOW IN LOW HIGH LOW IN HIGH WIN IN WIN IN HIGH IN HIGH WIN WIN WINNER
2 Rahanna IN WIN IN HIGH HIGH IN IN IN IN HIGH HIGH WIN WIN IMM HIGH HIGH IMM WIN IN WIN IMM IN LOW IN SAFE IN LOW RUNNER-UP
3 Milo WIN IMM HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW WIN IN HIGH LOW HIGH WIN HIGH WIN WIN WIN WIN HIGH SAFE IN LOW IN WIN WIN WIN IN OUT
4 Henry HIGH HIGH IN LOW IN WIN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN IN HIGH IN LOW IN WIN HIGH IN WIN WIN OUT
5 Jasmine IN IN WIN IMM WIN WIN IN SAFE IN LOW HIGH HIGH IN HIGH IN HIGH IMM IN LOW IN OUT
6 Kenzie IN LOW HIGH IN IN LOW IN HIGH IN WIN HIGH HIGH IN LOW IN LOW OUT
7 Maxine HIGH IN IN IN IN HIGH IN LOW IN LOW WIN SAFE HIGH OUT
8 Fuller IN IN HIGH WIN IN IN IN LOW HIGH HIGH N/A WDR6
9 Audrey IN HIGH IN LOW IN WIN IN IN IN OUT
10 Max IN IN IN LOW IN OUT
11 Katelyn IN LOW IN OUT
12 Fernando HIGH OUT

^Note 1 : The chefs were divided into two teams, with the challenge winner coming from the winning team, and the losing chef from the losing team.
^Note 2 : For winning the quickfire challenge, Owen did not participate in the elimination challenge.
^Note 3 : No immunity was awarded for this quickfire challenge.
^Note 4 : The top 3 in the quickfire challenge won immunity and participated in a separate challenge.
^Note 5 : This quickfire was the last one to award immunity to the winner.
^Note 6 : Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons. ^Note 7 : Chef left

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef Junior".
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef had the best dish in the Quick Fire Challenge, Team Challenge, or Elimination Challenge.
  (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, Quick Fire Challenge, or Team Challenge but did not Win.
  (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge and was safe.
  (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an elimination challenge, and advanced.
  (IN) The cook was not selected as a top or bottom entry in a Team Challenge.
  (IMM) The chef could not be sent home in the elimination challenge.
  (HIGH) The cook had one of the top dishes in an elimination challenge but did not win.
  (SAFE) Chef was eliminated but drew a safe card and was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The Chef was eliminated from the cooking competition.

Episodes

Episode 1: Dishing Up Dreams

Original airdate: October 13, 2017

Episode 2: Food Truck Frenzy

Original airdate: October 20, 2017

Team Name Team Members
Taco Town Katelyn, Kenzie, Maxine, Milo
Gourmet Sandwich Truck Fuller, Henry, Owen
Oh Crepe! Audrey, Jasmine, Max, Rahanna

Episode 3: Battle of the Buds

Original airdate: October 27, 2017

Taste Battle Orange Team Blue Team
Bitter Owen Fuller
Sour Audrey Kenzie
Salty Maxine Max
Umami Henry Rahanna
Sweet Jasmine Milo

Battle winners in Bold

Episode 4: Chef's Best Friend

Original airdate: November 3, 2017

Team Team Members
Red Fuller, Jasmine, Maxine
Blue Audrey, Owen, Milo
Yellow Kenzie, Henry, Rahanna

Episode 5: Food Fight!

Original airdate: November 10, 2017

Battle Rounds Team Bryan (Red) Team Michael (Blue)
1: Soft-boiled Egg Audrey Fuller
2: Filleted Branzio Kenzie Maxine
3: Medium Rare Steak Henry Milo
4: Plated Dessert Rahanna Jasmine

Battle winners in Bold

Episode 6: It's No Cake Walk

Original airdate: November 17, 2017

Team Team Members
Red Rahanna & Milo
Blue Kenzie & Jasmine
Yellow Owen & Maxine
Teal Henry & Fuller

Episode 7: Glow Big or Go Home

Original airdate: December 1, 2017

Episode 8: Field Day!

Original airdate: December 8, 2017

Episode 9: Un-bee-lievable

Original airdate: December 15, 2017

Episode 10: Restaurant Wars

Original airdate: January 5, 2018

Team Team Members
Forage & Create (Blue) Henry & Owen
Summer House (Orange) Jasmine & Milo

Episode 11: The Claw

Original airdate: January 12, 2018

Episode 12: Cooking for Treasure

Original airdate:

Episode 13: Lemon Aid

Original airdate:


Episode 14: You Are Top Chef Junior!

Original airdate:

Season 2

Season 2 Contestants

Sources:[6] [7]

Name Age Hometown
Carson Peterson 13 Ventura, CA
Ella Bass 13 Berwyn, PA
Eric Martinez 10 Spring, Texas
Kate Daniel 12 Houston, TX
Londyn Green 11 Atlanta, GA
Nikki Bidun 11 New York, NY
Noah Cryns 11 Evanston, IL
Olivia Acosta 10 Long Valley, NJ
Rogers Mathews 13 Corona, CA
Simon Weisserman 12 Los Angeles, CA
Sophie Frankowski 13 New Orleans, LA
Tyler Cappelluti 13 South River, NJ

Elimination table

Place Contestant Episode
1 2 3 1 4 5 2 6 1 3 7 4 8 9 1 10 11 1 12 4 13 1 14
1 Nikki IN LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH WIN IMM HIGH WIN WIN5 IN LOW IN WIN IMM IN LOW IN HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN WIN WINNER
2 Londyn IN LOW HIGH LOW IN WIN IN LOW WIN HIGH IMM WIN HIGH WIN IN LOW IN LOW IN WIN WIN LOW IMM WIN IN IMM IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Rogers HIGH IN IN IN IN LOW IN LOW HIGH HIGH IMM WIN SAFE WIN IN IN WIN LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW LOW IMM IMM LOW IN OUT
4 Noah IN IN HIGH LOW IN WIN HIGH IN LOW LOW IN IN WIN WIN HIGH LOW IN WIN IN SAFE HIGH WIN IMM LOW IMM OUT
5 Eric HIGH WIN IN IN IN HIGH IN HIGH LOW LOW IN IN SAFE IN IN IN HIGH WIN WIN LOW HIGH OUT
6 Carson WIN IMM IN IN HIGH LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH IMM IN HIGH WIN IN WIN HIGH OUT
7 Olivia IN HIGH IN HIGH IN WIN IN WIN WIN HIGH IMM HIGH WIN IN IN OUT
8 Simon IN IN IN HIGH WIN IN HIGH HIGH WIN LOW IN HIGH LOW OUT
9 Ella IN IN IN WIN HIGH IN IN IN LOW LOW OUT
10 Kate IN IN WIN IMM IN SAFE HIGH OUT
11 Sophie HIGH HIGH HIGH OUT
12 Tyler IN OUT

^Note 1 : No immunity was awarded for this quickfire challenge.

^Note 2 : Before the quick-fire challenge a team challenge took place for advantages in the quick-fire. The best 5 dishes in the quickfire were awarded immunity while the worst 4 dishes were facing elimination in the next round.
^Note 3 : Two Chefs were eliminated in the elimination challenge.

^Note 4 : There was no Quick-Fire in this Episode

^Note 5 : Chef had Immunity

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef Junior".
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef had the best dish in the Quick Fire Challenge, Team Challenge, or Elimination Challenge.
  (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, Quick Fire Challenge, or Team Challenge but did not Win.
  (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge or Quick Fire Challenge and was safe.
  (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an Elimination challenge, Team challenge or Quick Fire and advanced.
  (IN) The cook was not selected as a top or bottom entry in a Team Challenge.
  (IMM) The chef could not be sent home in the elimination challenge .
  (HIGH) The cook had one of the top dishes in an elimination challenge but did not win.
  (SAFE) Chef was eliminated but drew a safe card and continued on in the competition.
  (OUT) The Chef was Eliminated from the Competition.

Episodes

Episode 0: Making the Cut

Original airdate: August 4, 2018

At boot camp, 22 talented young chefs compete for their chance to make the cast of the second season of the series.

Episode 1: Stirring Up a Celebration

Original airdate: September 8, 2018

Episode 2: Sunny Side Up

Original airdate: September 15, 2018

Episode 3: Rolling In Dough

Original airdate: September 22, 2018


Episode 4: Sweet Dreams Come True

Original Airdate: September 29, 2018


Episode 5: Field Day!

Original Airdate: October 6, 2018

Guest Judge: Reggie Bush

Chefs participate in teams in three rounds

The first two teams to finish win a significant advantage in the Gameday Quickfire Challenge.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2019 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Children's Program Top Chef Junior Nominated
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series Top Chef Junior Nominated [9]
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing Top Chef Junior Nominated [10]

References

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  3. ^ Barnes, Brooke (April 30, 2017). "NBCUniversal Is Building Its Own Children's Channel". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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  5. ^ Kinane, Ruth (September 14, 2017). "Top Chef Jr. competition heats up in kitchen boot camp sneak peek". Entertainment Weekly (with video, 4 mins 24 secs). Retrieved October 10, 2017.
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  7. ^ a b Cohn, Paulette (2017-10-04). "Meet the Cute Kid Cooks Competing on Top Chef Jr.". Parade magazine. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  8. ^ katiefw (September 14, 2017). "Meet the 12 Contestants Vying to Be Top Chef Jr.". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "Nominees, Daytime Emmy Awards (Children's/Animated)". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2019. Archived from the original on October 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Nominees, Daytime Emmy Awards (Craft – Non-Drama)". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2019. Archived from the original on October 20, 2019.