MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition involving children and teenagers from age of 8–13 and airs on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef.
|Based on||Junior MasterChef|
|Written by||Robin Ashbrook|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||64|
|Executive producer(s)||Ben Adler
Adeline Ramage Rooney
|Production company(s)||One Potato Two Potato
Endemol Shine North America
|Original release||September 27, 2013– present|
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 was announced by Fox on September 19, 2017, and began airing on March 2, 2018. It featured the return of former MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Joe Bastianich.
Any child or teenager 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. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition. At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups. 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, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000 and the MasterChef Junior trophy.
In seasons 2–4, the contestants get their apron and the competition begins; starting from season 5, the cooks compete making dishes to get a spot in the competition and a white apron.
|Season premiere||Season finale||Winner||Runner(s)-up|
|1||7||September 27, 2013||November 28, 2013||12||Alexander Weiss||Dara Yu||Gordon Ramsay||Graham Elliot||Joe Bastianich|
|2||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|
|5||15||February 9, 2017||May 18, 2017||20||Jasmine Stewart||Justise Mayberry||Guest judges|
|6||March 2, 2018||May 18, 2018||24||Beni Cwiakala||Avery Meadows & Quani Fields||Joe Bastianich|
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers (millions)|
|"An Extra Serving"||April 27, 2017||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.|
|"The Road to the Finale"||May 15, 2018||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.|
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. For the sixth season, Bastianich returned to his judging position.
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)Edit
The first season premiered on September 27, 2013, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich acting as the series' judges.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 1 was Alexander Weiss, a thirteen-year-old from New York City.
Season 2 (2014)Edit
The second season premiered on November 4, 2014, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich again acting as the series' judges.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 2 was Logan Guleff, an eleven-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee.
Season 3 (2015)Edit
The third season premiered on January 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich once again acting as the series' judges.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 3 was Nathan Odom, a twelve-year-old from San Diego, California.
Season 4 (2015–16)Edit
The fourth season premiered on November 6, 2015, with chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi acting as the series' judges.
The winner of MasterChef Junior season 4 was Addison Smith, a nine-year-old from River Forest, Illinois.
Season 5 (2017)Edit
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.
Season 6 (2018)Edit
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.
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||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|
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