MasterChef Junior

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Synopsis

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for fifths! The hit culinary competition series gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way. After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks in the country will compete in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will face exciting challenges, such as a beach club pop-up restaurant, and surprise celebrity guests and diners, including world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and the return of the Muppets. One talented kid will be named America’s newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, and take home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR 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.

Cast Info

Chef Graham Elliot
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Chef Graham Elliot

Chef Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot, a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality, is one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. Growing up a “Navy brat” allowed him the opportunity to travel the world and all 50 states, opening his eyes and mouth to the amazing flavors found around the globe.

 

At age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2004.

 

In May of 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which is now one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars. In June 2012, he opened Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago’s West Loop. The bistro uses old-school techniques and ingredients to showcase its take on classic American cuisine.

 

That same year also saw Elliot named Chef of the Year and inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 19 Graham Elliot Day in the city of Chicago.

 

Elliot, also a singer and guitarist, is the Culinary Director of Lollapalooza, where he caters to the headlining bands and oversees the food offerings at the festival.

 

In addition to his judging duties on CTV’s MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, Elliot has been a contestant on IRON CHEF AMERICA and has appeared on two seasons of TOP CHEF MASTERS. He currently is filming a new cable series.

 

In recent years, Elliot has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations, as well as being named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty,” alongside President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

 

Elliot resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner, Allie, and their three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay.

 

Restaurateur Joe Bastianich
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Restaurateur Joe Bastianich

Restaurateur Joe Bastianich

One of America’s premier restaurateurs, Joe Bastianich – along with partners Mario Batali and his mother, Lidia Bastianich – owns 25 successful restaurants worldwide, having established some of the country’s most celebrated restaurants in New York, including the legendary Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Lupa Osteria Romana, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jam’n, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and the much-storied Del Posto.Expanding their horizons beyond Manhattan, Bastianich and Batali opened B&B Ristorante and Carnevino in Las Vegas, and Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. The beginning of 2011 marked their first overseas venture with the opening of Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza in Singapore. Lupa Osteria Romana and Carnevino opened in Hong Kong in 2012.In summer 2010, Bastianich again partnered with his mother and Batali, as well as Italian retail pioneer Oscar Farinetti, to bring Eataly, the largest artisanal food and wine market in the world, to New York. The marketplace has become New York’s ultimate destination for food lovers – an extravaganza that includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary education center and a diverse slate of boutique eateries.

 

Considered to be America’s foremost authority on Italian wine, Bastianich has authored several books on the subject, including the award-winning Vino Italiano, with Sommelier David Lynch, and the critically acclaimed Grandi Vini. In May 2012, Bastianich released his highly anticipated memoir, Restaurant Man, which became a New York Times bestseller.

 

Recognized for his passion for the culinary arts, Bastianich has received Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Awards from Bon Appétit magazine and the James Beard Foundation. In 2008, the James Beard Foundation presented him and Batali with the prestigious Outstanding Restaurateur Award.

 

In 2011, Bastianich joined fellow judges Carlo Cracco and Bruno Barbieri on Sky’s MASTERCHEF ITALIA. He also was a judge on CTV’s MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season 1 and Season 2.

 

Bastianich is an avid runner and passionate triathlete, having accomplished one of the most grueling physical experiences an athlete can undertake: the 2011 Ironman® World Championships in Hawaii.

 

He lives in Greenwich, CT, with his wife, Deanna, and their three children.

 

Chef Gordon Ramsay
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Chef Gordon Ramsay

Chef Gordon Ramsay

Host/Judge/Executive Producer, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of the world’s leading chefs, such as Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France.

 

In 1993, Ramsay became chef of Aubergine in London, which, within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998, at the age of 31, Ramsay set up his first wholly-owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the U.K. to maintain three stars.

 

Now internationally renowned, Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to the United States, and holds nine Michelin stars. The group continues to grow with two ventures in Doha, Qatar opened in 2012; a total of three restaurants in Las Vegas with Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood; two in London, Union Street Café and London House; and a Hong Kong restaurant opening in September 2014.

 

Ramsay received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II) in 2006 for services to the industry.

 

Ramsay has also become a star of the small screen both in the U.K. and internationally, with U.K. shows such as GORDON BEHIND BARS , ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE, “GORDON’S GREAT ESCAPES and “GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT, as well as top-rated CTV shows that air in more than 200 countries worldwide: MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. He is also a published author of a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world, most notably his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen.

 

Ramsay has a global partnership with WWRD (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), which offers quality home and lifestyle products.

 

He lives with his wife, Tana, and their four children, along with their bulldog, Rumpole, and two cats. He divides his time between Los Angeles and South London.

 

CHRISTINA TOSI
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CHRISTINA TOSI

CHRISTINA TOSI

Judge, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

Christina Tosi is the chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar, with multiple locations in New York, as well as branches in Toronto and Washington, DC.

 

Tosi founded the dessert programs at Momofuku and went on to build a culinary empire of her own. Well known for “stoking apostolic fervor,” she opened Milk Bar’s doors in 2008 and has changed the face of baking with her innovative creations, including cereal milk™ ice cream, compost cookies® and crack pie®.

 

The culinary trendsetter and sugar genius is a two-time James Beard Award winner, Crain’s New York 40 under 40 honoree and the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks, Momofuku Milk Bar and Milk Bar Life. Momofuku Milk Bar highlights the cult favorites from the Milk Bar kitchen, and Milk Bar Life captures Milk Bar’s fun-loving culture and off-the-clock recipes that are easy to make at home. Tosi is a role model to her team of more than 200 and is also a big believer in giving back. In addition to her judging roles on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF, the highly motivated lady boss serves on the Board of Directors for Hot Bread Kitchen and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and is an adviser and investor in a handful of food startups, including the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), Journee and Maple.

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