picked up JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, a new culinary competition series for talented
kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new
multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today
by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting
As part of
Ramsay's new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of HELL'S
KITCHEN and two more seasons of MASTERCHEF. The deal will extend HELL'S KITCHEN
to a 13th season and bring MASTERCHEF to a fifth and sixth season.
The addition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows
airing on FOX to five, including MASTERCHEF, HELL'S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL and
brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our
viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his
brand here on FOX," said Darnell. "He's a global superstar, and the success and
longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America
just can't get enough of Gordon."
"We have such
great teams and partners on these shows, and I'm really excited we're able to
offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with
JUNIOR MASTERCHEF," added Ramsay. "Having my own children who love to
cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a
young age, and what they can do with it. It's just extraordinary to watch
them in action."
MASTERCHEF is based on the hugely successful U.K. format and extends the
MASTERCHEF brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring
masterchefs. Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, JUNIOR
MASTERCHEF will give budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent,
culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges
and cook-offs. Similar to MASTERCHEF, Ramsay will be joined by restaurateur and
winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot
(Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the JUNIOR MASTERCHEF judging panel.
Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising
hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the
In a special
two-hour episode of HELL'S KITCHEN airing Monday, May 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Ramsay announces that
HELL'S KITCHEN will be hosting a very intimate dinner for distinguished members
of the United States Army. Then, in another intense dinner service, Chef Ramsay
challenges both teams to design and execute their own team menus – one team
falters and finds itself in a confrontational elimination round, and one more
chef is sent home for good.
gives talented home cooks from all walks of life the chance to showcase their
skills, knowledge and immense passion to turn their culinary dreams into a
reality. Ramsay is joined by Bastianich and Elliot on the MASTERCHEF judging
panel to put the contestants through a series of
exciting challenges and elimination rounds that will turn one home cook into a
culinary master. Season Four of MASTERCHEF will premiere Wednesday,
May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).