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Photo Credit:  FOX Broadcasting
  • Premiered: 
    July 27, 2010
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the UK series (same name) 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

MASTERCHEF takes amateur chefs -- many of whom simply cook as a hobby -- and attempt to turn one of them into culinary masters. These contestants come from all walks of life and now they finally have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their passion and excitement for food as their skills and palate are tested. Contestants compete head-to-head in various challenges by creating delicious dishes with the hopes of becoming the winner of a $250,000 prize and a book deal to publish their own cookbook. Past winners include: Whitney Miller (Season 1); Jennifer Behm (Season 2); Christine Ha (Season 3); Luca Manfe (Season 4); and Courtney Lapresi (Season 5). Season 5 of MASTERCHEF premiered on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on Fox, with all three judges returning for the show's fifth season. This season started with these 30 contestants, who represented 14 states and all walks of life: Elise Mayfield (hometown: Birmingham, AL; profession: e-Learning Administrator); Natanya Spears (Phoenix, AZ; Construction Coordinator); Gordon Houston (Irvine, CA; Law Student Graduate); Daniel McGuffey (Los Angeles, CA; Video Game Designer); Leslie Gilliams (Malibu, CA; Stay-at-Home-Dad); Ahran Cho (Palo Alto, CA; High School Student); Amy Pezeshkifar (Tarzana, CA; Graduate Student); Ruth Schreber Sanchez (Yorba Linda, CA; Stay-at-Home Mom); Francis Biondi (Orlando, FL; Server); Chandis Siwek (Star, ID; Dietician Intern); Rickie Perez (Chicago, IL; Food Truck Manager); Dan Wu (Lexington, KY; Unemployed); Corey Charles (Pikeville, KY; Winery Manager); Astrid Lavenia (Mandeville, LA; Food Sales); Christian Green (New Orleans, LA; Sales Representative); Michael Williams (Thibidaux, LA; Student); Stephani Syfax-Shepherd (Detroit, MI; Server); Elizabeth Cauvel (Brooklyn, NY; Advertising Executive); Francis Legge (NYC, NY; Music Video Director); Jaimee Vitolo (Queens, NY; Bakery Assistant); Christine Silverstein (Yonkers, NY; Investment Director); Whitney Bray (Columbus, OH; Call Center Representative); Tyler Viars (Wilmington, OH; Hunting Sales Manager); Kira Novak (Youngstown, OH; Medical Recruiter); Gavin Edmondson (Meadville, PA; Admissions Counselor); Courtney Lapresi (Philadelphia, PA; Aerial Dancer); Cutter Brewer (Beaumont, TX; Petroleum Landman); Willie Mike (Houston, TX; Church Music Director); Victoria Scroggins (San Angelo, TX; Bartender); and Jordan Kaminski (Muskego, WI; College Student). Chef Gordon Ramsay and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcome judge Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef, owner and founder of New York City's Milk Bar, to Season 6 of MASTERCHEF, when it premiered with a special two-hour event Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT. In the season premiere, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the three judges, who taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round, the home cooks must have an immense passion for food and be determined to out-cook their rivals in a series of head-to-head battles to earn a coveted white apron and compete for a chance to win the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. The culinary series moves into its regular time period the following week on Wednesday, May 27 from 8-9pm ET/PT. FOX premiered Season 7 of MASTERCHEF on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome 40 home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the season, special guest judges will join Chef Ramsay and Tosi on the search for America's best home cook, including guest judge and world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, as well as celebrity chefs Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais. In the seaeson opener, "Battle for a White Apron (Part 1)," 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals. Past winners include Shaun O'Neale (Season 7), Claudia Sandoval (Season 6), Courtney Lapresi (Season 5); Luca Manfe (Season 4); Christine Ha (Season 3), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season 2); and Whitney Miller (Season 1). Season 8 of MASTERCHEF premiered on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, with Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and new judge Aaron Sanchez welcoming 40 of the nation's best home cooks to the MASTERCHEF kitchen. The three celebrated food experts put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master. In the season premiere, the Top 40 travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Battle for a White Apron challenge, during which only 20 will move forward in the contest for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, FOX premiered the Season 8 finale of MASTERCHEF. In the two-hour season finale, the final three home cooks each prepare a three-course meal with ingredients of their choosing. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges will reveal America's next MASTERCHEF, who will walk away with a MASTERCHEF trophy and a check for $250,000. Former MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judge Joe Bastianich guest judges.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Reveille
  • Produced by Shine TV
  • Produced by One Potato Two Potato