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Meet The Newest Bite-Sized Batch Of Home Cooks On The Season Premiere Of "MasterChef Junior" Friday, November 6, On FOX

September 17, 2015 - From New York to Arizona to Tennessee and beyond, the kids are back in the kitchen and ready to add their signature flare to every dish! Season Four of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returns on Friday, Nov. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Host, judge and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, along with his fellow judges, acclaimed chef Graham Elliot and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, welcome 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and thirteen to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

After a nationwide search, 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country will compete in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen. They will face exciting challenges, including catering a party for more than 50 boys and girls, a tag-team challenge, a cupcake frosting face-off and the fan-favorite pop-up restaurant, until one talented kid is named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

In the premiere episode, 24 junior contestants enter the kitchen for the first time. Upon meeting the judges, they are tasked with preparing a signature burger and one side, using only ingredients in their first mystery box challenge. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and will select the main ingredient that the remaining contestants have to use in the season’s first elimination round. The junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition.

Watch/share a first look at this season, as well as these content pieces featuring the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 24:

First Look – YouTube: 

Get to know Chad, Derek, Ian, Jaeclyn, Sam and Vivian –

Get to know Addison, Alexander, Annabelle, JJ, Kyndall and Mia –

Get to know Cory, Jesse, Kade, Kaitlyn, Kamilly and Zac –

Get to know Adam, Amaya, Avery, Kya, Nate and Tae-Ho –

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 24 and find out their signature dishes:


Age: 11         

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Pepper Steak


Age: 9      

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Signature Dish: Fresh Pesto Pasta with Garlic Bread


Age: 10       

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Signature Dish: Crab Sushi Roll


Age: 10     

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ

Signature Dish: T-Bone Steak with Asparagus and her “Special Sauce”


Age: 10      

Hometown: Cookeville, TN

Signature Dish: Filet Mignon Topped with Pomegranate and Cuban Salsa


Age: 9      

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Signature Dish: Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chop over a Sweet Potato Mash with Sautéed Asparagus


Age: 9     

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Signature Dish: Shrimparooni


Age: 12     

Hometown: Surprise, AZ 

Signature Dish: Brown Trout with Sautéed Vegetables and Couscous


 Age: 11     

Hometown: Yardley, PA 

Signature Dish: Chicken Parmesan with Caprese Salad and Shirley Temple


Age: 8       

Hometown: Beverly Shores, IN

Signature Dish: Thai Curry Mussels



Age: 9           

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Signature Dish: Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Celery and Blue Cheese


Age: 11       

Hometown: New York, NY   

Signature Dish: Homemade Pasta with a Caprese Salad Appetizer



Age: 12       

Hometown: Santa Fe, TX  

Signature Dish: Pork Medallions with Grilled Zucchini


Age: 9       

Hometown: Morgan City, LA   

Signature Dish: Shrimp and Grits with Crumbled Bacon


Age: 11   

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY   

Signature Dish: Steak with Potatoes, Molasses and Kimchi


Age: 10        

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Signature Dish: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce


Age: 8       

Hometown: San Marino, CA

Signature Dish: Chicken Kiev



Age: 9       

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Signature Dish: Salmon with Roasted Potatoes


Age: 11      

Hometown: Leander, TX

Signature Dish: Orange-Glazed Shrimp with a Spicy Sauce


Age: 10        

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Signature Dish: Baked Tilapia with Rice and Asparagus


Age: 10        

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Signature Dish: Chicken Wrapped in Bacon with Fettucine Alfredo



Age: 12       

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA

Signature Dish: Hong Kong Sing-Song Chilean Sea Bass


Age: 11       

Hometown: Avendale, AZ

Signature Dish: Celery and Beef on Top of Cabbage


Age: 12        

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Signature Dish: Paprika Chicken Medallions with Crispy Noodles and Vanilla Orange Juice

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 Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJfFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChefJunior. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay - @gordonramsay; Graham Elliot - @grahamelliot; 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 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 newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. And 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 hit series, including “Below Deck” (Bravo), “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), BULLSEYE (FOX), “Fake Off (TruTV), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “It Takes a Church” (GSN), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), “Knife Fight” (Esquire),  MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Swamp People” (History), “The Island” (NBC), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU),”T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT), “Wipeout” (ABC) and many more.

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