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MasterChef Cruise Adds The Newest "MasterChef Junior" Winner And All-New Programming To The Culinary Experience At Sea

February 1, 2016 - Fresh off Friday night’s MASTERCHEF JUNIOR finale, cruise and series producers Endemol Shine North America announced Season 4 winner Addison and semi-finalist Zac will bring their culinary expertise to the high seas on the second MASTERCHEF Cruise Nov. 6-13 in the Caribbean.

Addison (age 10, River Forrest, IL) and Zac (age 13, Orlando, FL) will join previously announced MASTERCHEF All-Star lineup, including Claudia Sandoval (MASTERCHEF Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfe (MASTERCHEF Season 4 winner) Elizabeth Cauvel (MASTERCHEF Season 5 runner-up), Leslie Gilliams (MASTERCHEF Season 5 contestant), and Sean (MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season 2 contestant) aboard Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Addison earned a spot in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Kitchen with her signature dish of Fresh Pesto Pasta and Garlic Bread.  The young cook wowed Gordon and the judges throughout the season with dishes like her Green Tea Panna Cotta and Brûlée Plums that secured her win on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.   Addison wants to combine her love of baking and her love of sports, and one day open her dream bakery called Batter Up Bakery.  In the meantime, she will bring her competitive edge and feisty spirit to the MASTERCHEF Cruise.

Despite having only a year and a half of cooking under his belt, Zac used his competitive and determined nature to succeed in high pressure situations throughout the competition and impress the judges with dishes such as his Pan seared Branzino with a Celeriac Puree, Sauteed Pearl Onions, Blanched and Sauteed Peas, with an Onion Beet Marmalade.  Zac continued to amaze the judges and even won over Christina’s mom with his Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Potato Puree, Glazed Broccoli, Cripsy Potato Noodles, and Chicken Jus. Zac brings his skills to the MASTERCHEF Cruise to compete in Mystery Box Challenges and participate in demos and specialty break-out sessions.

For the first time ever, specialty break-out sessions and demonstrations will be available to guests in the Holland America Culinary Arts Center.

The MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Stars will host entertaining and instructional events and demonstrations including:
·       ALL-NEW! dining experience with a menu created by the pint-sized cooks of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
·       ALL-NEW! The MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Stars Grilled Cheese Showdown
·       Iconic Mystery Box Challenges
·       MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Stars Meet-And-Greet with guests
·       The All-Stars Finale Cook Off

Guests will also have a chance to compete alongside MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’S Addison and Zac, and with fellow vacationers for special prizes on the MASTERCHEF Cruise stage.

Presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the television series, and events company Life Journeys, the 7-day cruise will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., andit will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

For additional details and the full MASTERCHEF Cruise itinerary visit

Further information

Julie Holland
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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 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 (DirecTV), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), 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) and upcoming Hunted(CBS).


California-based Life Journeys Inc., is the nation's premier global travel tour production company. Life Journey's vision is to bring together an array of authors, celebrities, speakers, musicians and organizations that inspire, motivate, educate, entertain and empower the minds and spirits of their audience in various locations worldwide by creating a unique brand of customized, one-of-a-kind cruise and land event productions.  Life Journeys roster of clients include MasterChef, Hay House, Inc., Jane Seymour, Hungry Girl, CBS, NBC, AARP, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Spiritual Cinema Film Festival, Louise Hay and many others. Website:


Holland America Line’s fleet of 13 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 115-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam, on order for delivery in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018.

The company recently announced $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position at the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge on board at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine; Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times; and Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.

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