‘MasterChef Junior’ is an American cooking competition show that airs on Fox. The show first premiered on September 27, 2013, and is based on the format of ‘Junior MasterChef’, the U.K. series. It primarily has children aged between 8 and 13 as the contestants.
The show is written by Robin Ashbrook and judged by a host of guests and Gordon Ramsay. It is executive produced by Ben Adler, Gordon Ramsay, Robin Ashbrook, Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin with One Potato Two Potato and Endemol Shine North America acting as the production companies. The junior contestants can participate by applying online or by reaching through to the casting call agents. The applicants have to submit videos of their cooking skills and based on these videos they are shortlisted from the stockpile, which is bound to be massive.
Twenty-four children are selected for the audition, and they also get one of MasterChef’s signature franchise’s autograph aprons. 12 applicants are selected to become participants of the show and sent to another round. After each episode, two contestants are sent home, and the winning kid receives the MasterChef Junior trophy as well as a cash prize of $100,000.
Fox also airs the ‘MasterChef‘ show with adult participants, where the competition is just as fierce, but the judges are much meaner, especially Gordon Ramsay. The who wave of shows that are based on cooking competitions took inspiration from ‘Hell’s Kitchen‘ the Fox show that became immensely popular, thus leading to both the regular ‘MasterChef’ and the ‘MasterChef Junior’ show, among others.
MasterChef Junior Cast: Who is in it?
Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot were the judges from season 1 till season 4. But in season 7, Aarón Sanchez, Christina Tosi and Ramsay performed that role. It has been reported that The Chew co-host Daphne Oz is expected to join the panel of judges in season 8. While Ramsay keeps every season interesting with his huge personality, it would only draw more fans to see different judges come to the show, because they would spice up (pun intended) the feedback in the kitchen.
MasterChef Junior Plot: What is it about?
‘MasterChef Junior’ has a simple format. Anyone can apply for the audition rounds as long as they are aged between 8 and 13. Of all the applications, 24 are chosen and they are split into groups of 3. Of these, 12 of them move ahead in the competition. In this manner, the format thins out the list of competitors until one emerges victorious. The junior MasterChef is then suitably awarded.