[12/19/16 - 10:32 AM] Meet the Newest Bite-Sized Batch of Home Cooks on the Season Premiere of "MasterChef Junior" Thursday, February 9, on FOX After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight and 13 have been chosen for their final test - a culinary battle in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi.
[via press release from FOX]
MEET THE NEWEST BITE-SIZED BATCH OF HOME COOKS ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF "MASTERCHEF JUNIOR" THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, ON FOX
40 Talented Junior Home Cooks from Across the Country
Enter the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Kitchen to Compete for
A Coveted Spot in the Top 20
The kids are back for Season Five of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, premiering Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi welcome the latest crop of junior home cooks to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been chosen for their final test - a culinary battle in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Only the 20 best chef-testants who prove they have the chops to take home the trophy will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.
This season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including completing a challenge from First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than 50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's first-ever vegan challenge, from guest judge Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"); and cooking for other VIPs, including Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") and Muppets "Miss Piggy" and "Swedish Chef," until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.
In the season premiere episode, "The Quest for an Apron Part 1," 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. In each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge - from steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, "The Quest for an Apron Part 2," airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 40 and find out their signature dishes:
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Signature Dish: Chicken Kiev with Parmesan Potatoes and Asparagus
Hometown: Jonesboro, GA
Signature Dish: Surf and Turf with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes
Hometown: Houston, TX
Signature Dish: Buffalo Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Signature Dish: Coconut Curry Chicken Over Jasmine Rice
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Signature Dish: Fried Plantains with Columbian Cheese
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Signature Dish: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Signature Dish: Smoked Pulled Pork with Peach Barbecue Sauce
Hometown: Douglas, GA
Signature Dish: Swiss Chard Wrapped Salmon with Rice Curry
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Signature Dish: Roasted Lamb Chops with a Mint and Lemon Marinade and Roasted Potatoes
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Signature Dish: Vegetable Stir Fry with Squid
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Signature Dish: Oven Baked Atlantic Salmon with Fettuccine and Cream Sauce
Hometown: New York, NY
Signature Dish: Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Hometown: Sweetwater, TX
Signature Dish: Chicken Alfredo
Hometown: Boston, MA
Signature Dish: Chicken Meu'niere with Tomato, Parsley and Caper Sauce
Hometown: Houston, TX
Signature Dish: Smoked Salmon with Lemon Grass Kale
Hometown: West Bend, WI
Signature Dish: Angel Hair Pasta with Onion and Green Pepper Marinara
MASTERCHEF 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. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. "Like" MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJfFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChefJunior. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay - @gordonramsay; and Christina Tosi - @christinatosi.
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; as well as "Best New Restaurant" and competition series "Food Court Wars." In the U.K., OPTP produces "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; and "Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch," starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children's channel CBBC. 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 GORDON RAMSAY
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic seen by audiences worldwide, including his current FOX shows, HOTEL HELL, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as FOX's upcoming THE F WORD; 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," starring Tilly Ramsay, for U.K. children's channel CBBC, all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.
His next generation multi-media production company, STUDIO RAMSAY, has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programing, that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue 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.
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 Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group's companies in North America are behind such hit series as "Big Brother" (CBS), "The Biggest Loser" (NBC), "Hell on Wheels" (AMC), "Ink Master" (Spike), "Kingdom" (AT&T Audience Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), "Swamp People" (History), "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Bravo), "Steve Harvey" (NBCU), "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle" (VH1), "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" (CMT), "Billion Dollar Buyer" (CNBC) and upcoming "Page Six TV" (Syndicated) "Hunted" (CBS), SUPERHUMAN (FOX) and "I'm Dying Up Here" (Showtime).
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