WINNER ANNOUNCED ON "MASTERCHEF JUNIOR"
Tonight, Season Two of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR came to an exciting conclusion as host/executive producer and judge Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot named Logan Guleff, an 11-year-old from Memphis, TN, the winner of FOX's hit cooking competition series. In addition to earning the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy, Logan walked away with a $100,000 grand prize.
"This season, we were blown away by the junior home cooks' incredible skill, passion and imagination" said Ramsay. "Logan was a fierce competitor each week and developed a signature style and advanced techniques in the kitchen. We are extremely proud of what he has accomplished and look forward to following his culinary journey."
"During my journey on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, I learned so much from the judges, especially to be more confident in the kitchen and to be more determined," said Logan. "Of course, I will always remember the moment when I won, but I will also never forget the amazing time I had with the other contestants and judges. Thank you MASTERCHEF JUNIOR!"
In tonight's Season Finale episode, Logan competed in a culinary showdown with Samuel Stromberg, a 12-year-old from Greenbrae, CA. For the final challenge, Logan created an impressive, restaurant-quality three-course meal: an appetizer of Grilled Spot Prawns with Smoked Saffron Aioli; a main course of Salt-Crusted Branzino with Chimichurri and Roasted Vegetables; and a Meyer Lemon Madeleine with Goat Cheese Mousse for dessert.
After a very close competition, it was Logan's refined style, distinct flavors and bold, high-risk techniques - including the use of a smoking gun for his appetizer - that earned him the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy.
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Season Three of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The judging panel welcomes 19 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
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About One Potato Two Potato:
Renowned for award-winning original programming, One Potato Two Potato produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL; the blockbuster MASTERCHEF and irresistible spin-off MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, all for FOX; "Best New Restaurant," a major new cable series premiering in January; competition series "Food Court Wars"; as well as "Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars" and "Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape," for Channel 4 in the UK, and "My Kitchen," for UKTV's Good Food Channel. OPTP has also produced two instructional cookery series featuring Gordon Ramsay, "Ultimate Home Cooking" and "Ultimate Cookery Course", both of which have sold all over the globe.
About Shine America
Shine America is the U.S. division of Shine Group, an award-winning global production and distribution organization with 27 production companies across 11 countries. Shine America is a leading television studio that creates inspired and compelling programming, including current unscripted series MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), "The Biggest Loser" (NBC), "Restaurant Startup" (CNBC), "Fake Off" (TruTV) and "Aloha Vet" (Nat Geo Wild). Scripted series include Peabody Award-winning "The Bridge" (FX), GRACEPOINT (FOX) and upcoming drama "Utopia" (HBO).
Shine America incorporates several divisions, including unscripted format label Ardaban, which develops and distributes original content to the U.S. marketplace, including series "Beat The House" (HGTV) and "The One That Got Away" (TLC). The global Shine 360� division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine Group's distribution arm, Shine International, distributes Shine America's extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.