“MASTERCHEF JUNIOR” SEASON SEVEN KICKS OFF WITH 24 PINT-SIZED HOME COOKS
Top 24 Face First Mystery Box Challenge on Season Premiere,
Tuesday, February 26, on FOX
Kicking off its seventh season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of fun, mouth-watering challenges. Having already won a coveted white apron, 24 young chef-testants – 12 girls and 12 boys – must prove that they deserve to stay in the game by completing their first Mystery Box Challenge. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges’ panel. These three culinary heavyweights will determine which pint-sized home cook will be named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money.
Season Seven will feature even more unique and messy challenges for the judges and chef-testants, including attending and preparing a meal for 51 circus performers, pulling a live lobster out of a tank and having 60 minutes to make a mind-blowing dish, competing to see which team can first roll out a perfect sheet of pasta to a length of 24 feet and powering through the fan-favorite restaurant takeover challenge.
In the premiere episode, “Culinary ABC’s,” airing Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the Top 24 must prove they’ve mastered the first meal of the day, breakfast, in a mystery box challenge. Then, school lunches get a total makeover as contestants are tasked with elevating three classic school lunch dishes into restaurant-quality cuisine.
Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 24 and find out their signature dishes:
Hometown: Powder Springs, GASignature Dish: Baked Salmon with Sautéed Green Beans & Lemon Couscous
Hometown: Queens, NY
Signature Dish: Spicy Steamed Salmon with Carrots & Okra
Hometown: Morristown, NJ
Signature Dish: Fried Chicken & Coleslaw
Hometown: Conley, GASignature Dish: Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Avocado Cream Sauce over Pineapple & Tomato Rice
Hometown: Boiceville, NYSignature Dish: Pan-Seared Salmon with Celeriac & Potato Purée & Sautéed Leeks with Kale Avocado Salad
Hometown: Atlanta, GASignature Dish: Seared Steak Crostini with Chimichurri Sauce
Hometown: Atlanta, GASignature Dish: Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli & Peanut Sauce
Hometown: Pawtucket, RISignature Dish: Mushroom Alfredo Pasta
Hometown: San Antonio, TXSignature Dish: Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry with Mixed Vegetables & Scratch-Made Soy Sauce
Hometown: Roanoke, ALSignature Dish: Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry
Hometown: Rye, NYSignature Dish: Pan-Seared Salmon with a Citrus Salad
Hometown: Newhall, CA
Signature Dish: Tuna & Cucumber Roll with Garlic & Soy Sautéed Broccolini
Hometown: Demarest, NJSignature Dish: Baked & Seared Asian Salmon with Rice & Bok Choy
Hometown: Livingston, NJSignature Dish: Filet Mignon with a Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Hometown: Atlanta, GASignature Dish: Thyme, Garlic, Buttered Seared Steak with Sautéed Mushrooms & Organic Side Salad
Hometown: San Antonio, TXSignature Dish: Cheese Enchiladas with Roja Sauce & Sautéed Potatoes & Carrots with Chorizo, & a Cabbage Radish Slaw
Hometown: San Antonio, TXSignature Dish: Irish Potato Soup with Bacon
Hometown: Newnan, GASignature Dish: Southern State Sliders with Bacon & Cheese Infused Burger Patties & a Special Sauce
Hometown: Milton, GASignature Dish: Shrimp Scampi over Pasta
Hometown: Seattle, WASignature Dish: Spaghetti with Tomato, Basil, Pignoli & Cheese
Hometown: Scarsdale, NYSignature Dish: Yellow Turmeric Grilled Chicken with a Vegetable Medley
Hometown: Port Washington, NYSignature Dish: Kombu-Cured Salmon with a Miso Buerre-Blanc & Yuzu Kosho (Japanese white wine grape)
Hometown: New York, NYSignature Dish: Savory Mushroom Crepe
Hometown: Boerne, TXSignature Dish: Personally Harvested Dove served on Toast topped with a Red Wine Jalapeño Jelly
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Robin Ashbrook, Danny Schrader, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJrFOX and join the discussion at #MasterChefJunior. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @masterchefjunior/.
Be part of Camp MasterChef this summer! Join former MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR winners and fan favorites for an enriching and immersive culinary experience designed for kids and teens ages 8-16. For more information and to register for Camp MasterChef, visit CampMasterChef.com
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment.
ABOUT GORDON RAMSAY
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy-nominated, multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic that are seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows, “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay,” GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, HELL’S KITCHEN and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN; as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant”; and Food Network’s competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course,” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.
The next-generation multimedia production company Studio Ramsay was founded in 2016 by Ramsay and has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that include a scripted arm focused on food-related themes and development of new talent on a global front.
The catalog of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership.
Studio Ramsay’s first production, live series “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay,” premiered in the U.S. on FOX; and its second FOX series, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK, was one of the summer’s most-watched new series. Its first daytime cooking series, “Culinary Genius,” premiered on ITV in the U.K. and was syndicated on FOX stations in the U.S. The documentary series, “Gordon on Cocaine,” premiered on ITV to critical acclaim. “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay, for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, is also produced by Studio Ramsay.