Junior MasterChef Australia
Junior MasterChef Australia (known colloquially as MasterChef Kids) is an Australian competitive cooking game show. It is a spin-off of MasterChef Australia, itself an adaptation of the British show MasterChef, and featured contestants aged 8 to 12. The first season of the show began production in July 2010 and included 50 contestants. Over 5,000 children from around the nation auditioned for the series.
|Junior MasterChef Australia|
|Created by||Franc Roddam|
|Written by||George Dodd|
|Directed by||Jo Siddiqui|
|Narrated by||Nicholas McKay (2010—11)|
|Theme music composer||Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers (2010—11)|
|Opening theme||Kids (2010—11)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company||Shine Australia|
|Original network||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) |
1080i (HDTV) (2020–present)
|Original release||Original series:|
12 September 2010 – 23 November 2011
11 October 2020 –
9 November 2020
In contrast to prior series, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Australia. The promo was seen during the final episode of the second season of MasterChef Australia. The series premiered on Sunday, 12 September 2010.
On 27 April 2020, it was announced that a third season of Junior MasterChef Australia had been commissioned, nine years after the second series aired. Casting was open to children aged between 9 and 14 years old.
In the Junior series, contestants are not eliminated every week, though four are eliminated at a time once the finalists are decided. Every eliminated contestant receives a range of prizes.
Hosts and judgesEdit
|Jock Zonfrillo||Host & Judge|
|Melissa Leong||Host & Judge|
|Andy Allen||Host & Judge|
|Gary Mehigan||Host & Judge|
|George Calombaris||Host & Judge|
|Matt Preston||Host & Judge|
|1||12||Isabella Bliss||12||New South Wales||School Student||15 November 2010|
|2||20||Greta Yaxley||11||Western Australia||23 November 2011|
|3||14||Georgia Eris||11||Victoria||9 November 2020|
Season 1 (2010)Edit
Production of a junior version of the show was initially suggested in October 2009. The first series of the show, featuring 8- to 12-year-old contestants, was filmed after the second series of MasterChef Australia and began airing 12 September 2010 on Ten. In contrast to prior series of the main show, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Australia. Isabella Bliss won the contest to become Australia's first Junior Masterchef.
Season 2 (2011)Edit
Junior MasterChef was officially renewed on 15 November 2010. Filming started on 28 July 2011, with the season premiering in October 2011.
Season 3 (2020)Edit
A revamped third series of Junior Masterchef Australia was announced on 27 April 2020 and is set to air in late-2020, nine years after the second series last aired. Applications for casting were opened on 25 April 2020 for children across Australia aged from 9-14.
Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo will be returning from the main series to undertake the role of judges in the new season. As of late-July 2020, the program began filming at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington.
The series premiered on 11 October 2020.
11-year old Georgia Eris from Victoria won the title with 12-year old Filo from Victoria and Carter from New South Wales as the runner ups.
|Series||Premiere date||Finale date||Episodes||Premiere
|1||12 September 2010||15 November 2010||17||2.202||#1||1.532||#2||1.853||#1||1.313|
|2||25 September 2011||23 November 2011||21||1.129||#5||0.934||#10||0.911||#12||0.844|
|3||11 October 2020||9 November 2020||13||0.524||#8||0.652||#12||0.881||#5||0.539|
The network in bold also broadcasts their own version of Junior MasterChef.
|Country||Network||Dubbed or Subtitled?|
|Afghanistan||STAR World||Subtitled in Dari|
|Arab League||Subtitled in Arabic|
|Bangladesh||Subtitled in English|
|Belgium||Vitaya||Subtitled in Dutch|
|Bhutan||STAR World India||Subtitled in English|
|Brazil||TLC||Dubbed in Portuguese|
|TLC||Dubbed in Spanish|
|Argentina||Discovery Home & Health||Dubbed in Spanish|
|Hong Kong||TVB Pearl||Subtitled (English and Selectable Cantonese) and Subtitled (Cantonese)|
|STAR World||Subtitled in Cantonese|
|India||STAR World India||Subtitled in English|
|Italy||Sky Uno and Cielo||Dubbed|
|Macau||STAR World||Subtitled in Cantonese|
|Nepal||STAR World India||Subtitled in English|
|New Zealand||Prime and TVNZ|
|Portugal||SIC K and SIC Mulher||Subtitled in Portuguese|
|Sri Lanka||STAR World India||Subtitled in English|
|MediaCorp Channel 5|
|South Korea||Food TV||Subtitled|
|Sweden||TV8 and TV3 (Sweden)|
|The Netherlands||NET 5||Subtitled in Dutch|
|United Arab Emirates||StarWorld HD||Subtitled in Arabic|
|Fox||Subtitled In Arabic|
|Kuwait||STAR World HD||Subtitled in Arabic|
|Fox||Subtitled In Arabic|
- Shine Australia to produce Junior Masterchef
- "Airdate: Junior MasterChef". Tv-Tonight.com.au. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- Whitehead, Mat (27 April 2020). "Attention Tiny Chefs: Australia Is Looking For Its Next Junior MasterChef". 10 Daily. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
- "Apply Now for Junior MasterChef Australia — Are you between 9 - 14 and love to cook?". 10 Play. Network Ten. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
- Knox, David (20 July 2020). "Jock, Melissa, Andy back to judge on Junior MasterChef". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
- Channel 10 show Junior MasterChef makes its debut next month
- "Shine Australia to produce Junior Masterchef". 29 January 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
- Ellis, Scott; Burns, Mia (26 July 2009). "MasterChef unveils its newest ingredient: kids". Melbourne: theage.com.au. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- Callum slip that he'll be involved
- "Greta Wins Junior MasterChef 2011". masterchef.com.au. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Junior MasterChef Australia Casting". eTribez. 25 April 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
- Whitehead, Mat (20 July 2020). "Jock, Melissa And Andy Return For Junior MasterChef". 10 Play. Network Ten. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
- Knox, David (20 July 2020). "Jock, Melissa, Andy back to judge on Junior MasterChef". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
- "Jock, Melissa And Andy Will Be Right Back.-YouTube". YouTube. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
- Knox, David (29 September 2020). "Airdate: Junior MasterChef S3". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
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