Junior MasterChef Australia

The WORST episodes of Junior MasterChef Australia

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

No longer satisfied with putting mere amateurs and so-called celebrities to the test, the makers of the hit TV series MasterChef are now looking to crown Australia's best Junior MasterChefs. A bunch of brave Aussie kids aged between 8 and 12 years old, get ready to face the judges praise and possible criticism and compete in the ultimate cooking challenge.

Last Updated: 6/1/2022Network: Network Ten
Pressure Test & The Perfect Roast
40 votes

#1 - Pressure Test & The Perfect Roast

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/16/2011

Eight contestants faced a Pressure Test over two rounds to stay in the competition. The first round challenged them to make the 'Perfect Roast', with the best two performers safe to cook another day. The mouthwatering flavour combinations on display were incredible, but Tom's roast chicken with potato gratin and Alysha's balsamic glazed chicken went that extra mile and sent them through to the next stage of the competition. With six contestants battling for the final two spots, round two welcomed Tony Bilson to the Junior MasterChef kitchen. The contestants had to try and recreate Bilson's lobster risotto, with the cheflings all attacking the task without an ounce of fear. The standard was so high that Tony and the judges struggled to pick their favourites, but it was Marcus and Zac that edged out their peers, sending them into the Top 16.

Mystery Box & Family Desserts
42 votes

#2 - Mystery Box & Family Desserts

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/17/2011

Sprinting into the Junior MasterChef kitchen for their first Top 16 task, the contestants faced a Mystery Box Challenge. Lifting the lids, the eager cheflings found they had pork loin, scallops, a whole pineapple, chillies, pears, limes, vanilla beans and mint with which to create a spectacular dish in 50 minutes. Making the most of all her ingredients, Greta’s vanilla scallops and ginger pork delighted the judges, securing her third place. Harry’s upside down pineapple pudding was runner-up, but no one was able to top the taste sensation delivered by Alysha’s six point-winning lime and honey pudding. For the second challenge the kitchen welcomed mothers and nanas as guest judges, with each contestant cooking their family recipe apple pie. In a two-way tie for third were Lily and Steven; second place was Zac; and thanks to her perfect pastry Indigo took the win, sending her to the top of the leaderboard.

Top 50 - Round 1
47 votes

#3 - Top 50 - Round 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2011

The warehouse welcomed Australia’s Top 50 junior chefs ready to cook like champions for a spot in the Top 20. Heat 1 featured all 50 cooking at the same time, with the contestants given 90 minutes to prepare and plate their dishes. Divided into five teams, each was given a mentor who revealed their core ingredient. Peter Gilmore unveiled poultry and game, Kylie Kwong vegetarian ingredients, Justin North red meat, Shaun Presland seafood and Adriano Zumbo desserts. The mentors selected the three best performers from their group, whose dishes were then tasted by the judges and the best five sent through to the Top 20. After tasting their way through an incredible array of recipes, the judges gave Harry, Tom, Greta, Steven and Keiren the first of this series’ Top 20 aprons.

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Special Masterclass
65 votes

#4 - Special Masterclass

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 11/12/2010

The final Masterclass is a special one with Stephanie Alexander doing a class for Celebrity Chefs and their kids. The Celebrity Chefs are Matt Moran, Guillaume Brahimi, Kylie Kwong, Christine Mansfield and Giovanni Pilu. All the visitors will be making three dishes – one by Stephanie and two by George. Added to this is a special cook-along with George where people at home can cook the same dish George makes – and all in real time to the show.

Top 50 - Round 2
45 votes

#5 - Top 50 - Round 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/2011

The second heat of Junior MasterChef’s Top 50 was revealed to be a healthy fast food challenge, with the contestants having 80 minutes to serve up guilt-free goodies. Providing them with their ingredients was Matt Moran, serving from behind the counter in Junior MasterChef’s version of a fast food palace. Once again the kids cooked out of their skins, but it was Alysha, Jade, Marcus and Miraede that got their eager hands on precious Top 20 aprons. To introduce heat 3 an ice-cream van rolled into the warehouse carrying none other than Gary, who informed the contestants that they would be making ice-cream based desserts, with 80 minutes cooking time. Sweet treats galore followed as the kids cooked with maturity well beyond their years, as Caroline, Chandler, Dee and Indigo became the next crop of cheflings to make the Top 20 phase of the competition.

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Double Mystery Box
43 votes

#6 - Double Mystery Box

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/14/2011

Junior MasterChef 2011’s Top 8 arrived back in the MasterChef kitchen to be greeted with a Mystery Box Challenge – with a twist. Beneath their main containers was a beautiful assortment of fresh ingredients, but also a smaller box containing a further collection of produce. Those brave enough to lift the lid would have to cook with at least one of the ingredients before them. Although most of the contestants opted to play it safe, those who gambled impressively utilised the unfamiliar ingredients, particularly Zac, whose lamb’s liver dish took second place in the challenge. Greta’s beetroot salad was third, while Lily’s melt-in-the-mouth lemon delicious dessert was a deserving winner of six points. The second challenge was a Tag-Team cook-off set within a boxing ring. The boys were captained by guest chef Colin Fassnidge, the girls by Miguel Maestre. Both teams had an hour to make George’s barramundi and fettuccine dish, each contestant having to cook for 15 minutes, with the team captains allowed to tag in for 90 seconds to help overcome any snags. A pasta disaster for the boys threatened to destroy their chances, but in the all-important matter of taste Anna and Matt awarded them winning marks.

Prawn Invention Test & 5 Star Breakfast Challenge
42 votes

#7 - Prawn Invention Test & 5 Star Breakfast Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/24/2011

For their first challenge the Top 16 had to create 5-star breakfasts for the judges, with an amazing spread of fresh ingredients to draw from. With safe passage through to the next round of the competition on the line, points were more precious than ever. The results were a treat for the senses, with Zac truly excelling himself with his first place-winning tasting plate. Dee came second with his brioche, while Keiren’s honey doughnuts secured him third. As winner Zac got to choose the core ingredient for the seafood-themed Invention Test, to be judged by Luke Nguyen. He selected prawns, much to the relief of his fellow cheflings. Zac again put in an impressive performance, this time getting two points for third. Greta was runner-up, but it was Alysha’s spicy prawn curry that was the clear standout winning her the round and six points. The leader board’s Top 8 were safe, but the bottom 8 would face a cook-off to stay in the game.

The Perfect Curry & Cheesecake Pressure Test
43 votes

#8 - The Perfect Curry & Cheesecake Pressure Test

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/30/2011

Fighting to stay in the competition, the bottom 8 cheflings first competed in a Perfect Curry Challenge, guest judged by master Kumar Mahadevan. With 80 minutes to prepare their dishes there was no time to spare, with some contestants a little too eager with their spices. Tom’s dish in particular, dubbed the ‘Thaiferno’ by its maker, was such a firecracker it left George numb for words. Steven ‘s golden seafood curry and Jack’s chicken Massaman won top honours, sending them up to the balcony to watch round two safe from elimination. The second round was an Invention Test, with the six remaining contestants recreating a Matt Moran mango cheesecake with coconut tapioca. Failing to follow the recipe as exactly as their fellow hopefuls, Gracie and Tom struggled to get their desserts to set properly. Competition was fierce between the others for the remaining two safe spots, but Harry and Kieren’s practically flawless efforts sent them through, leaving Tom, Gracie, Marcus and Dee to say their goodbyes. Gary then revealed that the Top 12 were headed on the adventure of a lifetime to Los Angeles.

Food Deception & Christmas Dinner
42 votes

#9 - Food Deception & Christmas Dinner

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/15/2011

Master chocolatier Max Brenner was welcomed to the kitchen for the Savoury but Sweet Challenge. Unveiling two of his dishes – biscuit tuile nachos and an incredible chocolate burger – he explained that the cheflings had 80 minutes to follow his lead by creating dishes that look savoury but tasted sweet. The kids really pulled out all the stops, letting their culinary creativity shine; Jack came third with his spaghetti and meatballs dish, Zac second for his sweet pie and Indigo first with a mesmerising take on the traditional meat and three veg. The kids then enjoyed a MasterChef first – a slumber party - and were awoken the following morning by the booming laugh of Santa (who looked suspiciously like George). Unwrapping presents from under the tree, the kids found their core ingredients for a Christmas-themed Invention Test Challenge. Lily picked up two points for placing third in the challenge, Zac continued his impressive run by taking the runner-up spot, but once again Greta left the competition for dust as her peppered mushroom tarts secured another six points to maintain her lead in the competition.

Perfect Pavlova
40 votes

#10 - Perfect Pavlova

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/20/2011

The judges explained that after the next challenge the top four contestants on the leader board would be safe, while the bottom four would go into a Pressure Test to stay in the game. The contestants had 80 minutes to create the ‘Perfect Pavlova’, producing results likely to satisfy even the biggest dessert lover. Indigo scored two points for third place, Greta took second and with a dish the judges simply couldn’t get enough of and Harry placed first. His six point haul unfortunately wasn’t enough to keep him out of the Pressure Test, joined by Alysha, Chandler and Lily. Guillame Brahimi was then welcomed to present a dish for the cheflings to create – a spectacular looking turban of scampi with spaghettini and caviar sauce. Despite the complexity of the recipe the kids took to the task admirably, but it was Harry and Alysha whose dishes were judged to be superior, leaving an emotional Chandler and Lily to say their goodbyes.

Top 20 arrive at the MC kitchen
43 votes

#11 - Top 20 arrive at the MC kitchen

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/3/2011

The excited members of the Top 20 arrived for their first day in the MasterChef kitchen. Their first task: a Mystery Box Challenge. Each box contained 12 eggs, which all had to be used to create up to two dishes in 80 minutes. Gary revealed that the best six dishes would be tasted and points awarded to the best three. Lily won the challenge with her frittata and pavlova, Jack placed second with his Victoria sponge, with Gracie taking third with a chocolate cake and salmon crepes. George made a spectacular return to introduce the second, Greek-themed challenge. The contestants had 50 minutes to prepare a Greek dish using spatchcock, lamb or squid as the main ingredient. Madi’s fabulous lamb dish took the win, Jack again placed second with his stuffed squid hoods and Indigo secured third place points with her Skordalia spatchcock. At the end of day one Jack was sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard.

Offsite Challenge
48 votes

#12 - Offsite Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/18/2010

The Junior MasterChefs faced their first Team Challenge – running a high school tuck-shop. Both teams had to create a menu with a hot dish, a cold dish and a dessert. Ultimately it was the blue team who pipped the red team at the post with their menu of sushi, honey soy chicken and noodles and custard tarts. The red team returned to the kitchen full of positivity and excitement to do a very posh dessert Pressure Test.

Emelia Jackson Mystery Box
9 votes

#13 - Emelia Jackson Mystery Box

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/2020

The contestants arrive at the MasterChef kitchen for a mystery box challenge set by none other than MasterChef Australia: Back To Win winner Emelia Jackson.

Semi Final
69 votes

#14 - Semi Final

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 11/22/2011

Harry, Jack and Zac arrived outside the Sydney Opera House for their Junior MasterChef semi-final, with the judges explaining that they each had two hours to cook a signature dish main and dessert, but were strictly limited to spending an hour in total on each dish. The boys jumped into action, Jack opting to use lamb as his protein, Harry rabbit and Zac a selection of seafood. Jack struggled to smoke his lamb cutlets, ultimately opting to pan fry them instead, but managed to plate up an impressive dish, as did Harry and Zac. Despite there being a place in the final on the line the complexity of the desserts proved that no one was interested in playing it safe, the risk-tasking producing some stunning results. With little to separate the boys when it came to the judging, Jack’s flavours and techniques just edged out his competition, sending him through to the final to face Greta.

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Perfect American Hamburgers and Prawn Quesadillas
44 votes

#15 - Perfect American Hamburgers and Prawn Quesadillas

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/6/2011

Junior MasterChef’s American adventure continued with a Team Challenge at Venice Beach. Divided into Reds and Blues – Greta captaining the former, mentored by George and Zac the latter, mentored by Matt – the teams had to cook and serve burgers to the general public, who voted for their favourites. The competition was close throughout, but after running out of burger mix early leaders the Reds could do little but watch as the Blues overtook them in the closing stages. As losers of the challenge the Reds competed in a Mexican themed Pressure Test, each having to cook a delicious prawn quesadilla. Harry’s effort won him third place, Steven secured a valuable four points as runner-up while Greta took another win and a further six points to extend her lead. With the Top 12 reunited, Zac was selected to smash down a piñata, revealing a plentiful supply of Mickey Mouse ears and giving the cheflings a good idea of where they were heading for their next challenge.

Pressure Test & Offsite Challenge
51 votes

#16 - Pressure Test & Offsite Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/1/2010

Four contestants take on a Kellogg’s Pressure Test involving producing a copy of a sweet treat made of frangipane cream, honey-crunch cornflakes, cherries and melted chocolate. The contestants find it’s a big challenge despite looking easy in appearance. The day’s second challenge is cooking for the Sydney Swans football club. Working in pairs proves interesting, but this challenge involves winning over 40 hungry footballers. So who will come up trumps?

Offsite Challenge - Tobruk Sheep station
42 votes

#17 - Offsite Challenge - Tobruk Sheep station

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/23/2011

The Top 16 jumped in the cars and were whisked away from the MasterChef kitchen. Appearing on in-car screens, George explained they were trading city life for something much more rural. Arriving at Tobruk Sheep Station, the cheflings were divided into four teams, Indigo captaining the Blues, Gracie the Reds, Tom the Yellows and Lily the Greens. Each team had a total of two and a half hours to prepare a three-course menu of country inspired fare, with four different proteins to use: rabbit, lamb, beef and kangaroo. The contestants were then sent on a treasure hunt to find their ingredients before cooking could begin. George, Matt and guest judge Scott Pickett were overwhelmed by the results, but with dishes like kangaroo with beetroot and roasted tomato and lamb cutlets that Pickett himself said he couldn’t have cooked better, the Greens took another Offsite Challenge win.

Taste Test & Invention Test - Chocolate
42 votes

#18 - Taste Test & Invention Test - Chocolate

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/10/2011

The Top 20 arrived in the kitchen to find their chocolate dreams come true with piles of the sweet stuff everywhere. Gary introduced the first challenge: a taste test. The cheflings had to isolate the 20 ingredients found in the kitchen’s bountiful supplies of rocky road. Hannah and Tom came third, winning two points apiece for identifying 12 out of 20 ingredients. Chandler and Gracie placed joint second, guessing 13/20. First place and six points each was a six-way tie between Greta, Harry, Indigo, Lily, Miraede and Madi, who guessed 14/20 correctly. Being top of the leaderboard Lily chose raspberries and white chocolate as the core ingredients for the Invention Test, which was guest judged by master chocolate and pastry chef Kirsten Tibballs. The Top 20 produced some incredible desserts, with top honours going to Greta in third place, Jade in second and Chandler in first. Chandler’s win sent him to the top of the leaderboard, and those outside the Top 5 would have to cook-off to stay in the competition.

Top 12 Travel to the USA
43 votes

#19 - Top 12 Travel to the USA

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/31/2011

The kids jet-setted off to Los Angeles for their first US challenge: to cook a dish for America’s youngest ever Michelin star recipient Perry Hoffman. With the leader board reset to zero there was everything to play for. To decide who got the longest to search for ingredients at the famous Famers Markets, the contestants first competed in a Skills Challenge, having to juice enough oranges each to fill a one litre container. Once their task was completed their were ferried away to begin shopping. The Challenge took place at a fabulous mansion in Beverly Hills, with the cheflings truly embracing cooking American-style food. Jack placed third, Indigo runner-up and securing herself another massive six points was Greta with her mouthwatering gumbo.

Taste Test
51 votes

#20 - Taste Test

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/25/2010

The day starts with all 12 Junior MasterChefs doing a taste test of a huge 8.5m long pizza made by John Lanzafama. The contestants have 5 minutes to name the pizza’s 20 ingredients. Once the tallying of results is complete, the Top 4 on the scoreboard watch on as the others do a ‘Hot and Cold’ cook-off. Only four contestants will stay, while the other four will go home. It’s decision crunch time for the judges.

66 votes

#21 - Masterclass

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/5/2010

Six Bondi Public School students who are part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program got to be a part of the Masterclass with George, Anna and Stephanie Alexander herself. The first dish is Spicy Skewered Meatballs with Rosemary Flatbread and Beetroot Salad which everybody gets to make. Anna then makes a Vietnamese Duck Curry With Lychees and Cucumber Salad, and the last dish is a dessert made by George called a Three Flavours Of Granita.

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Mad Hatters Tea Party & A Pressure Test
42 votes

#22 - Mad Hatters Tea Party & A Pressure Test

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 11/13/2011

The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland arrived on the Disneyland scene to clue the contestants in on their first challenge: creating cupcakes for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. After gathering their ingredients from the Tea Cups ride, the cheflings got straight down to the business of creating sugary magic. The results were inspirational, with Miraede’s lamb-shaped cupcakes – which she’d even cared to make a paddock for – taking third, Indigo’s beautiful cupcake bouquet second and Jack’s sumptuous chocolate indulgence first. Bottom six on the leader board Chandler, Harry, Kieren, Madi, Miraede and Steven then faced off in a Pressure Test, in which they had to create a Cajun chicken dish with pepper glaze. The kids gave their all, but the perfectly cooked proteins of Chandler and Harry gave them the edge and the last remaining spots in the Top 8.

Choose a Box
49 votes

#23 - Choose a Box

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/24/2010

The Top 12 find out four of them will be going home this week, so the points on offer in the next challenges are really important! The first challenge is using duck as the main ingredient, and there’s lots of variety in the meals presented. The second challenge is a Pressure Test, with Donna Hay revealing a decadent cake the youngsters must create. With all this talent, the judges are going to have to make some difficult choices.

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The Final 4
43 votes

#24 - The Final 4

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/14/2010

Down to the Top 4, and two challenges will decide the first Junior MasterChef finalists. The first test involves beetroot, rocket and snails. There are lots of creative dishes plated up, but Jack’s recreation of Heston Blumenthal’s Snail Porridge blows the judges away. The second challenge is a Round Pressure Test which sees them having to make one of George’s dishes. Time goes quickly, but in the end Isabella nabs the second place in the final.

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Disneyland Challenge
43 votes

#25 - Disneyland Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/7/2011

The contestants arrived at Disneyland for a true fantasy challenge. Hidden around Uncle Walt’s kingdom were 12 ingredients that the mini-chefs had to work in pairs to find: heirloom tomatoes, rocket, baby basil, lemon, sweet potato, red apple, buffalo mozzarella, sea bass, pretzels, pecans and maple syrup. Once found the teams had one hour to create two Disney-inspired dishes – an entree and a main. Clearly relishing the amazing environment the cheflings cooked their hearts out, preparing an assortment of sumptuous fare. Zac and Alysha won two valuable points in third, Lily and Harry proved a formidable team in second, but in the judges’ eyes Kieren and Greta were the clear six point winners for their sweet potato and mozzarella ravioli, followed by pretzel and pecan-crumbed sea bass. Their cooking done, it was then time for the kids to relax and soak up the Disneyland magic.