On September 27, 24 culinary whiz kids will whip out their knives and cook for their lives on TV on the first season of Junior MasterChef to hit U.S. television screens. Ranging from eight to 13-years-old, these kids will have to impress kitchen hard-ass Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro).
The tweens will face some tough challenges during the first episode and only 12 will make it to the next level. These finalists will face a variety of challenges, including taking over a fine dining establishment in Los Angeles to prepare a three-course meal. The winner will go home with $100,000 to put in their savings accounts—possibly to put toward culinary school tuition.
Ramsay, known for his colorful language, is going to have to watch what he says around the kids. “We know the F-word means food,” he said jokingly to the Huffington Post.
Only in Israel can you find a lawyer-by-day-religious-Jew-by-night, a Muslim nurse and a settler duking it out for culinary bragging rights on the country’s most watched tv program ever.
Modeled on the British reality cooking competition of the same name, the show features amateur chefs battling it out for the MasterChef title and a kitchen remodel as they are judged by a panel of celebrity restaurateurs. The incredibly popular contest includes a variety of culinary trials, such as the “mystery box challenge,” “the invention test,” and “the dish recreation test.”