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MasterChef Junior is a culinary television series based on the original hit show MasterChef. This series, however, is all about young chefs. All of the contestants are between the ages of 8 and 13. This group of aspiring young cooks is out to impress a panel of all-star judges including Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and winemaker/restaurateur Joe Bastianich. This group of renowned judges will take some of the most talented rising stars of the cooking world and present them with chances to show off their strengths and expose their weaknesses.

Each week, this impressive group of children take on a new challenge designed to test and hone their cooking skills. At the end of each challenge, the judges will eliminate someone from the competition. These already talented young chefs will receive guidance and advice along the way from the seasoned panel of judges. Only one youngster can ultimately become MasterChef Junior and claim the coveted MasterChef Junior trophy.

Thursday 8:00 PM et/pt on FOX
6 Seasons, 68 Episodes
September 27, 2013
Food, Reality
Cast: Joe Bastianich, Graham Elliot, Gordon Ramsay
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MasterChef Junior Full Episode Guide

  • Chef Gordon Ramsay and chef Aarón Sánchez invite celebrities, their kids and some fan-favorite alumni into the kitchen to show off their culinary skills.

  • Award-winning chef and MASTERCHEF host Gordon looks back at his favorite moments from this season, and charts the extraordinary journey this talented group of junior home cooks has taken.

  • The final three contestants carry on cooking their 3-course meal. In the end, only one will be crowned the winner and receive a check for $100,000.

  • After a season's worth of challenges that tested the cooking abilities of young contestants from across the nation, only three junior home cooks remain.

  • The remaining junior home cooks prepare dishes inspired by their grandmothers.

  • The junior chefs cook for 30 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR alumni at a pop-up restaurant. The losing team will head back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a pressure test designed by Season Five winner Jasmine Stewart.

  • The remaining home cooks create their own unique dishes but must use one common ingredient

  • The Top 12 have just 15 minutes to make as many eggs benedict dishes as they can. Later, they must prepare one of the most difficult egg dishes of all time.

  • The remaining junior chef-testants have 45 minutes to create dishes inspired by their families using farm fresh ingredients.

  • The junior home cooks split into two teams and take over the kitchen at an upscale hotel in Los Angeles, where they will be in charge of running room service during breakfast for guests at the hotel.

  • The junior chefs split up into pairs and have to decorate and frost as many specialty donuts as they can in just 10 minutes, all while being tied by the ankle to their partner! Later in the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay's daughter, Matilda, gives the contestants a masterclass on how to make her version of a hamburger and French fries. Then, the junior chefs must do their best to replicate it before the judges determine who will be sent home.

  • In this week's mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must craft desserts using natural sweeteners in place of sugar. The winner will receive a sweet surprise and have his or her signature recipe featured in Family Circle magazine! Later, in an intense elimination challenge, each young cooks must prepare a dish inspired by his her family's heritage. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.

  • The Top 20 face their toughest team challenge yet: preparing lunch service for a wedding of 75 guests. Both sides will be cooking racks of lamb and pan-seared halibut, and it will be up to the judges to decide which team wins and who from the losing team will head home.

  • The Top 22 split up into teams and must prepare as many perfect-looking milkshakes as they can in just 10 minutes. The winning teams will be safe from elimination and one unlucky judge will get a sweet surprise! Then, the rest of the junior cooks will each have to put their own personal twist on a classic chicken-and-waffles dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and goes home.

  • The Top 24 face their first mystery box challenge of the season, during which they must cook dishes using ingredients that start with each letter of the alphabet. The winner receives a huge advantage in the elimination challenge. Later, the contestants must prove their technical skills as they are tasked with crafting a French classic

  • The boys must prepare the perfect chicken breast dish.

  • 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles, ready to compete. The junior home cooks are split up into two groups

  • In the last cook-off of the season, guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart join, as the two finalists prepare a three-course meal from scratch.

  • The top four cooks create a chocolate molten lava cake; contestants create a dish using one of the world's most popular meats.

  • In this week's episode of MASTERCHEF, the Top Six split up into two teams, and have 75 minutes to create an entrée for VIP guests who range from firefighters to professional softball players, and construction workers to pilots. The guests will then vote on which dish they prefer and the winning team will receive a huge advantage later on in the competition. Next in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the young cooks face an elimination challenge and welcome two surprise guests who will join in the fun – Miss Piggy and Swedish Chef! Then it's up to the judges to decide who will go home.

  • MasterChef welcomes guest judge Chef Edward Lee...and the contestants' families! In the season's first mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must prepare a delicious dish of their choice, inspired by their families. Then, in the next challenge, the young cooks team up in pairs to replicate a sushi platter and the judges will decide which two kids will go home.

  • The young chefs are paired up and must must replicate a gingerbread house in the first challenge. Then, in the next challenge, the kids create a Gordon Ramsay holiday classic.

  • This week the junior chefs cook for America's Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

  • The junior home cooks are in for a big surprise when the six competitors who were eliminated return for a second chance to enter the competition.

  • In the first challenge, the junior chefs are divided into groups of 3 and must make as many pies possible in 10 minutes. Later, the competitors must use a blow torch to make either an appetizer, entrée, or dessert using ingredients from the MasterChef pantry.

  • The Top 14 junior home cooks compete in a mystery box challenge inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

  • The Top 16 face off in their first team challenge, during which they cook lunch for first responders. Each team will have to create a dish featuring a delicious filet mignon and the guests will vote on which is better - the team with the most votes will win the challenge.

  • In the first challenge, the young cooks are divided into teams and have 10 minutes to make a corn dog. Later, the contestants have to make a juicy burger, but there's a tough catch!

  • The Top 20 face the season's first mystery box challenge. Later, the contestants must do their best to replicate Chef Ramsay's signature hand-roasted sea bass.

  • The junior chefs are tested to their limits as they compete for the remaining 12 spots in the Top 20.

  • Sixteen of the country's finest junior home cooks compete for eight of the Top 20 spots of the season. After being split into four groups, each with a distinct signature dish, the kids get started. Only two contestants from each group will find out if they will succeed in moving on to the next round of challenges.

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