The BEST Episodes of MasterChef Junior
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020
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 - Here Come the Kids
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2013
Twenty-four cooks between the ages of eight and 13 prepare dishes for the judges.
#2 - Finale (2)
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2013
The two remaining cooks prepare three-course menus; the winner is chosen.
#3 - A Presidential Mystery Box
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 16, 2017
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.
#4 - Finale (1)
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2013
The top four cooks create dishes featuring chicken, with the cooks of two best dishes moving to the final round.
#5 - Quacking Under Pressure
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 9, 2019
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.
#6 - The Finale Pt 2 - The Winner
Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired May 18, 2018
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.
#7 - Head of the Class
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 22, 2016
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.
#8 - Batter Hurry Up
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 2, 2017
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.
#9 - A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 2016
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.
#10 - The Finale
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 29, 2016
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.
#11 - Girl Power
Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired May 7, 2019
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.
#12 - A Cut Above the Rest
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 9, 2014
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.
#13 - Flip It!
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 11, 2014
A pancake-flipping contest precedes a challenge to create the best citrus cream pie.
#14 - Bad Food Bares
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2013
The cooks create dishes using foods kids don't usually like; the kids must create layer cakes in 90 minutes.
#15 - Grandma Gordon
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired May 4, 2018
The remaining junior home cooks prepare dishes inspired by their grandmothers.
#16 - Just Like Gordon
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 23, 2017
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.
#17 - The Semi-Final
Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired May 28, 2019
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.
#18 - The Restaurant Takeover
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired May 21, 2019
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.
#19 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 2, 2018
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.
#20 - Pasta Race
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 30, 2019
The Top 10 junior home cooks are put into teams and compete against one another to roll out the longest pasta sheet that they can make as quickly as they can; The losing team faces an elimination challenge that tests their ability to make Éclairs.
#21 - Hatching a Plan
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 8, 2016
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.
#22 - Quest for the Apron (2)
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 16, 2017
The remaining junior chefs compete for the final 12 spots in the Top 20. Making dishes ranging from cupcakes, to steak and lobster, the young chefs are tested to their limits and will find out if they will move on to the next round.
#23 - The Boys Are Back In Town
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 2, 2018
The 40 junior home cooks are split up into two groups – girls and boys. All 20 boys must prepare the perfect chicken breast dish. Only 12 winners earn an apron and a chance to move on.
#24 - Kidz Bop Kitchen
Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 23, 2019
The Top 12 are visited by the children from Kidz Bop, who introduces a special twist on the young cook's next mystery box challenge; the winning cook secures a needed advantage in a "blast from the past" elimination challenge.
#25 - Camp MasterChef
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 16, 2019
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.