The BEST Episodes of MasterChef Junior
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Move over grown-ups…the kids are taking over the kitchen! "MasterChef Junior" is a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook. The series will give budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Host and award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
#1 - Finale (2)
Season 1 - Episode 7
The two remaining cooks prepare three-course menus; the winner is chosen.
#2 - The Finale
Season 2 - Episode 7
The top 2 junior chefs prepare a three-course menu in their last challenge; the winner is crowned, receiving a trophy and a $100,000 prize.
#3 - A Cut Above the Rest
Season 2 - Episode 6
The final four cooks must break down an Alaskan king salmon and produce as many perfect filets possible; contestants must create a restaurant-quality salmon dish with a limited number of ingredients.
#4 - Here Come the Kids
Season 1 - Episode 1
Twenty-four cooks between the ages of eight and 13 prepare dishes for the judges.
#5 - Bad Food Bares
Season 1 - Episode 4
The cooks create dishes using foods kids don't usually like; the kids must create layer cakes in 90 minutes.
#6 - Flip It!
Season 2 - Episode 2
A pancake-flipping contest precedes a challenge to create the best citrus cream pie.
#7 - A Presidential Mystery Box
Season 5 - Episode 6
The Top 14 junior home cooks receive a mystery box challenge inspired by the White House garden from former First Lady Michelle Obama. The young cooks must come up with an original recipe that is both healthy and presidential worthy, and the winner will receive a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For the next challenge, Julie Bowen steps into the MasterChef kitchen to watch the kids make a dish in honor of their moms. Then, it's up to the judges to decide which contestant will go home.
#8 - Quacking Under Pressure
Season 7 - Episode 6
The top 14 junior home cooks face a difficult mystery box challenge where they must learn to butcher an entire duck and make a dish from it; The cooks are paired up and challenged to create a dozen of the tastiest cupcakes they can make.
#9 - Finale (1)
Season 1 - Episode 6
The top four cooks create dishes featuring chicken, with the cooks of two best dishes moving to the final round.
#10 - Batter Hurry Up
Season 5 - Episode 4
The Top 18 return to the kitchen to face off in 2 challenges. In the first, the young cooks are split into teams and have 10 minutes to make a classic American dish: the corn dog. The winning team gets to turn the judges into a yummy treat. Later, the contestants have to make a juicy burger, but there's a tough catch! Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
#11 - The Finale Pt 2 - The Winner
Season 6 - Episode 15
The finalists face one last battle, during which they must prepare a three-course meal that will impress the judges. Then, the winner is announced.
#12 - Head of the Class
Season 4 - Episode 11
The remaining 4 junior home cooks compete in the semi-finals and are challenged to make the ultimate dessert - a soufflé! The winner receives a huge advantage in the elimination challenge. Later, the contestants must prepare a unique dish with a select cut of pork. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who will go home and who will continue in the competition and compete in the finals.
#13 - A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party
Season 4 - Episode 10
The remaining 6 junior home cooks receive a special invitation to Gordon's home for their next team challenge. Each team will prepare a two-course menu for a VIP lunch, including a seared red snapper appetizer and a roasted venison loin entrée. Later in the MasterChef kitchen, the judges will reveal which team received the best overall feedback on their dishes and had the most successful lunch service and which contestants will be in jeopardy of elimination. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who will go home and who will continue in the competition and compete in the semi-finals.
#14 - The Finale
Season 4 - Episode 12
In the highly anticipated season finale, the two finalists will compete head-to-head and prepare the most important menu of their lives. Find out which talented junior home cook will earn the MasterChef trophy and a $100,000 prize.
#15 - School's Out...But the MasterChef Kitchen Is Open!
Season 1 - Episode 2
The cooks participate in a mystery box challenge; the contestants have an hour to create a restaurant-quality burger.
#16 - Mom Knows Best
Season 2 - Episode 3
A three-legged challenge is held to make a dozen cupcakes. Later, Gordon's mom visits the kitchen as a guest judge when the remaining contestants prepare one of the host's favorite dishes from his childhood.
#17 - Just Like Gordon
Season 5 - Episode 3
The Top 20 face the season's first mystery box challenge, during which they must cook dishes using both sweet and savory ingredients. Later, the contestants must replicate Chef Ramsay's signature hand-roasted sea bass. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home. Chef Aarón Sanchez is the guest judge.
#18 - Girl Power
Season 7 - Episode 10
The Top 10 face a difficult team challenge in which they prepare dishes for a group of important female role models, who will determine who make it to the Top 8; the losing team must replicate a 3-Michelin-star dish after a Gordon masterclass.
#19 - Camp MasterChef
Season 7 - Episode 7
The Top 14 young home cooks visit the great outdoors to feed hungry campers with delicious recipes that may be featured in a magazine; the losing team faces a pressure test to make a coconut cream pie with a special twist.
#20 - Grandma Gordon
Season 6 - Episode 13
The remaining junior home cooks prepare dishes inspired by their grandmothers.
#21 - The Semi-Final
Season 7 - Episode 13
The junior home cooks face their final mystery box challenge, which tests their ability to create a dish that draws inspiration from their loved ones; those who risk elimination elevate a secret ingredient to its highest flavorful peaks to remain.
#22 - Hatching a Plan
Season 4 - Episode 8
In the next team challenge, the junior home cooks will face an egg-cellent challenge and compete in pairs to see who can complete the most deviled eggs in 12 minutes. The team that perfects the most deviled eggs will be safe from the next elimination challenge, in which contestants must create their future cookbook's signature dish.
#23 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Season 6 - Episode 1
The 40 junior home cooks are split up into two groups – girls and boys. All 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish. Only 12 winners earn an apron and a chance to move on.
#24 - Restaurant Takeover
Season 3 - Episode 6
In one of the toughest challenges of the season, the six remaining junior home cooks face the restaurant takeover challenge. The contestants split into two teams and take over a real Los Angeles restaurant. Find out which team is victorious and who advances to the Top 4.
#25 - The Restaurant Takeover
Season 7 - Episode 12
The Top Six cooks are given full control over the kitchen at Mélisse, a Michelin Star-rated restaurant in Los Angeles, where they must appease hungry and expectant guests who will determine who will progress to the semifinals.