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MasterChef is a culinary reality show on Fox Television Network. This smash hit takes amateur chefs from around the country and has them compete for the coveted title. The show stars Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. During the show, contestants compete in a series of competitive cooking challenges. In the end, one contestant's culinary dreams are turned into a reality.

Since the show has been such a hit, it is now on its third season. Open casting calls are held before each season begins. The chosen competitors come from all walks of life. Out of everyone that attends auditions, only 100 amateur cooks get the chance to compete. They are flown to Los Angeles where they have an opportunity to earn the title of MasterChef. Along with that, the winner also receives a 250,000 grand prize.

On challenge night, at least two judges must like the contestants' food. If they don't earn two yes votes, they must compete in a pressure test. The pressure test is meant to be extremely challenging. During the test, the three worse performers are given a dish to prepare in a limited time frame. The dish is judged on both taste and presentation. Once time is up, the judges critique and taste the food. If they don't like the food, the judges are more than willing to criticize the dish. At least one of the three is eliminated. The eliminated contestant must remove his or her MasterChef apron before leaving the building.

Wednesday 8:00 PM et/pt on FOX
7 Seasons, 137 Episodes - Currently Airing
July 27, 2010
Food, Reality
7.3/10
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MasterChef Full Episode Guide

  • In the final challenge, the remaining chefs will race against the clock as they prepare a main dish and a dessert that will impress the judges. Who will be named America's next Masterchef?

  • The final three chefs will get help from familiar faces as they race against time to make an impressive appetizer dish.

  • One of the five finalists is eliminated after a twist in the Mystery Box challenge. In the Studio Box challenge, the four remaining contestants are given 90 minutes to prepare either a halibut or duck entree for VIP food critics.

  • One of the five finalists is eliminated after a twist in the Mystery Box challenge. In the Studio Box challenge, the four remaining contestants are given 90 minutes to prepare either a halibut or duck entree for VIP food critics.

  • The remaining cooks compete in the highly anticipated pop-up restaurant challenge.

  • The seven remaining cooks use three basic utensils to prepare two dishes in the Mystery Box challenge. Later, the chefs compete in the famous pop-up restaurant challenge.

  • The Top 9 remaining contenders must battle through a three-part potato proficiency challenge.

  • Guest judge Kevin Sbraga joins the Top 10 to cook in the Mystery Box challenge using upscale ingredients.

  • The Top 11 contestants have only one hour to prep, cook and plate a Nutella breakfast dish.

  • The losing contestants from the Sweet 16 Challenge in last week's episode must compete in the Birthday Cake pressure test.

  • The remaining 12 contestants are divided into two teams, and must cook and plate 30 dishes for teenagers celebrating their Sweet 16 birthdays, using specific ingredients from a surprise box.

  • The chefs are surprised by what they find in the third Mystery Box challenge.

  • The remaining 15 home are divided into two teams and must cook for 101 hungry veterans!

  • Chef Ramsay demonstrates how to properly deconstruct a lobster and then gives the chefs 25 minutes to complete the process.

  • The 17 remaining cooks find out what the next mystery challenge is by Chef Ramsay and Tosi, as well as special guests Season Six winner Claudia Sandoval and guest culinary judge Aaron Sanchez.

  • The Top 18 home cooks are separated into two teams where they prepare appetizers and entrees for the wedding guests of season 6 contestant Nick Nappi.

  • The Top 20 are introduced to Wolfgang Puck, who reveals the first Mystery Box Challenge - potatoes.

  • In a continuation from last week's episode, 40 of the best home cooks compete in the Apron challenge and hope to impress the judges with their signature dishes.

  • In the seventh season premiere, 40 of the best home cooks compete in the Apron challenge and hope to impress the judges with their signature dishes.

  • Stars and "MasterChefs" from past shows compete to win a cash award to give to charity. Guest celebrities include Gigi Hadid, Terry Crews and Rebecca Crews.

  • In the final challenge, the Top Two home cooks will have one last chance to prove to the judges that they deserve the MASTERCHEF title by creating a three-course meal.

  • In the sixth season finale, the Top 3 contestants create dishes for 30 restaurant guests. Later, the winner is chosen.

  • The Top 4 cooks compete to make it to the final 3, which is no cakewalk.

  • The remaining chefs compete in a mystery-box challenge and the winner will be safe from elimination.

  • The remaining chefs are divided into teams and takeover a Los Angeles restaurant. They must come up with two appetizers and two entrĂ©es for dining customers.

  • The cooks create a dish using coffee as one of the central ingredients. Meanwhile, the contestants re-create an elaborate party platter.

  • The chefs create vegetarian dishes and the winners are safe from elimination. The losing group has to create dishes from various cuts of animal head.

  • The chefs compete in a flambe mystery box challenge.

  • The Top 10 chefs create meals for VIP diners and are shocked to discover who they are.

  • The remaining home cooks are tasked with providing a meal for 101 cowboys and ranchers.

  • The chefs race against the clock to prepare the ultimate rice dish.

  • The chefs must rely on their taste buds to re-create Gordon's signature beef Wellington.

  • Each team must create an impressive two-course menu and a three-layer birthday cake to celebrate the series' 100th episode.

  • The cooks must race against the clock to prove that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

  • The cooks are surprised to discover they're heading to Las Vegas and will be divided into two teams to feed 101 performers. The losing team will compete in a deuce steak battle at Gordon Ramsey's Steak.

  • The cooks must create the ultimate crab dish, with the winner gaining an advantage.

  • Following the apple pie elimination test, the remaining cooks take on their first team challenge.

  • In the 100th episode of the series, the Top 22 home cooks will face their first Mystery Box Challenge.

  • Twenty-two chefs advance in the competition.

  • In the sixth season premiere, forty of the country's best home cooks hope to impress the judges with their signature dishes.

Most Popular MasterChef Episodes

  • Season 7 Episode 18 The Finale, Part 1 (Top 3 Compete) 9/14/2016
  • Season 7 Episode 15 Pop-up Restaurant 8/31/2016

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MasterChef Video Clips & Extras

And the Winner Is... Clip (00:55) Brandi Visits Her Home Clip (01:14) Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi Get Lost Clip (00:31) Shaun Finds His Unique Voice Clip (01:04) David Gets a Surprise Visit Clip (01:15) The Grand Finale of MasterChef Season 7 Clip (01:45) Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck Are Revealed from "Finale Part 1" Clip (01:16) The Judges Discuss What They Would Choose to Cook Clip (00:39)