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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
8 Seasons, 159 Episodes
July 27, 2010
Food, Reality
7.3/10
Cast: Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Ryan, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich
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MasterChef Full Episode Guide

  • After countless mystery box, team and skills challenges, it all comes down to this. The final three home cooks will each prepare a three-course meal with ingredients of their choosing. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges will reveal America's next MASTERCHEF, who will walk away with a MASTERCHEF trophy and a check for $250,000.

  • After countless mystery box, team and skills challenges, it all comes down to this. The final three home cooks will each prepare a three-course meal with ingredients of their choosing. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges will reveal America's next MASTERCHEF, who will walk away with a MASTERCHEF trophy and a check for $250,000.

  • The top six get a surprise.

  • In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top 6 get a special treat as their family members join them in the MASTERCHEF kitchen. The contestants will then have to cook a dish inspired by their families before the cooks compete in an elimination test that will send one or more of them home.

  • The Top Six split up in teams to cook for food critics, writers and chefs at a pop-up restaurant in a Southern California vineyard.

  • In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top Seven must create an Asian-inspired dish that centers around one of the most prominent utensils in culinary history - chopsticks! The winner gets a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the remaining home cooks to compete in a pasta-themed elimination challenge. Then, the Top Six split up in teams for a classic MASTERCHEF challenge - to cook for food critics, writers and chefs at a pop-up restaurant in a Southern California vineyard. Find out which contestants will be eliminated.

  • The home cooks must cook trout.

  • In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top Nine must create a dish that is reminiscent of their favorite family breakfast, using Nutella as the key ingredient. The winner gets a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the rest of the chefs to pair up for a Mexican-themed tag team challenge. Then, the Top Eight head to Big Bear Lake to cook fresh fish. Find out which contestants will be eliminated.

  • The home cooks first prepare crawfish, then chicken & potatoes.

  • In this week's skills test, The Top 11 are given a bag of live crawfish and will have to carefully cook them in order to extract the most meat possible. The six weakest cooks will go head-to-head in an elimination challenge, during which they will make a crawfish dish created by none other than Gordon Ramsay. Then, the Top 10 face a chicken-and-potato team challenge. Find out which contestants will be eliminated.

  • The Top 12 head to Sin City for a team challenge during which they will serve 50 VIPs in entertainment and hospitality at Caesars Palace for its 50th Anniversary party. Each guest will taste both teams' dishes and then will cast a vote for their favorite dish. The team with the most votes wins, sending the losing team back to the kitchen for a pressure test. It is then up to the judges to decide who will head home.

  • Reigning champion Shaun O'Neale returns to the MASTERCHEF kitchen, as he chooses ingredients from his new cookbook to be part of the mystery box challenge. The winner will receive a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the other chefs to battle it out in a coconut-themed elimination challenge. It is then up to the judges to decide who will head home.

  • The MASTERCHEF kitchen is transformed into a full dining room, as it welcomes purveyors of the finest local ingredients, ranging from butchers and vegetable farmers, to beekeepers and herb growers. After splitting into two teams, the home cooks must prepare dishes using the guests' own ingredients. The purveyors will then vote on which team created a better dish, forcing the losing team to head back to the kitchen for a pressure test, during which they will cook a classic Italian dessert, the cannoli. It is then up to the judges to decide who will head home.

  • The Top 15 face a mystery box challenge in which they randomly will choose from boxes containing a different body part of a cow and use it as the star of a dish. The winner will receive a huge advantage moving forward, while those who didn't impress must face off in an elimination challenge. It is then up to the judges to decide who will leave the kitchen.

  • This week on MASTERCHEF, the home cooks head to Beverly Hills, CA, to take over the dining room breakfast service for The Belvedere restaurant at the iconic five-star Peninsula Hotel. After splitting into two teams, the cooks will make a variety of dishes for diners. The team that fails the challenge will have to face a pressure test and cook a perfectly battered fish and chips dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who will leave the kitchen.

  • This week on MASTERCHEF, the cooks take part in a challenging skills test, during which they must prepare racks of lamb with fine artistry. Those who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge that includes recreating Gordon Ramsay's signature lamb chop dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who will leave the kitchen.

  • The Top 18 face a mystery box challenge that includes cooking some of the finest shellfish in the world. The winner will receive a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the rest of the home cooks to compete in an elimination challenge, during which they must create a Gordon Ramsay classic. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who will leave the kitchen.

  • The Top 19 take it to the sandy shore, where they will compete in their first team challenge of the season. The chefs will have to prepare and cook fresh fish for 101 lifeguards who will then vote on their favorite dish. The losing team will have to compete in a pressure test before the judges send one chef home.

  • In their first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 20 will have to take 12 of the most popular ingredients found on any American home cook's shopping list and make the judges a MASTERCHEF-worthy dish. Whoever wins the challenge will have a huge advantage moving forward in the competition.

  • The remaining nine chefs compete for a spot in the Top 20.

  • In the Season Eight premiere episode, 40 of America’s best home cooks travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle for a White Apron challenge, during which they will face off against each other to try to earn a place in the Top 20. Judging the battle rounds will be Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and new judge and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. After each battle, the judges will decide whom they think deserves to make it to the next round and a chance to compete for the coveted title.

  • 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.

  • The stars arrive to challenge their culinary skills and compete against each other for charity.

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MasterChef Video Clips & Extras

Toughest Challenges Clip (00:20) An Unpleasant Steak Clip (00:10) A New Judge Joins the Team! Clip (00:30) And the Winner Is... Clip (00:55) The Grand Finale of MasterChef Season 7 Clip (01:45) Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck Are Revealed from "Finale Part 1" Clip (01:16) Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi Get Lost Clip (00:31) Shaun Finds His Unique Voice Clip (01:04)