The BEST Episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Network: FOX

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich put a new batch of talented home cooks through a series of challenges and elimination rounds.

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Winner Revealed (2)

#1 - Winner Revealed (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 15, 2010

The winner is revealed.

star 8.72
76 votes
Winner Revealed

#2 - Winner Revealed

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

One contestant wins the grand prize of $250,000.

star 8.49
91 votes
Winner Revealed (1)

#3 - Winner Revealed (1)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 15, 2010

After enduring pressure tests and grueling challenges, the remaining chefs compete for $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal.

star 8.40
275 votes
Winner Chosen

#4 - Winner Chosen

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 11, 2013

The final two cooks prepare three-course meals; the judges choose the winner.

star 8.32
193 votes
6 Chefs Compete (2)

#5 - 6 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 8, 2010

The contestants go fishing, and use their catches for their entrees. Another chef is eliminated.

star 8.20
107 votes
Top 10 Compete

#6 - Top 10 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 10, 2013

The contestants must prepare fish tacos for hungry surfers; in a pressure test, contestants must prepare a perfect chicken breast three different ways.

star 8.05
213 votes
The Finale (2)

#7 - The Finale (2)

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 20, 2017

The remaining chefs compete for the trophy and the $250,000 prize. Guest judge: Joe Bastianich.

star 7.97
315 votes
Top 9 Compete

#8 - Top 9 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 26, 2011

The contestants try to impress the judges and advance to the next round.

star 7.95
228 votes
Audition 1

#9 - Audition 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2011

Hopefuls prepare signature dishes in hope of impressing the judges.

star 7.93
294 votes
Winner Chosen

#10 - Winner Chosen

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 10, 2012

The remaining cooks make a final effort to impress the judges; one contestant wins the grand prize.

star 7.93
299 votes
Top 5 Compete (1)

#11 - Top 5 Compete (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 28, 2013

The judges are joined by their sons, who help critique a mystery box challenge; re-creating a dish.

star 7.92
206 votes
Finale (1) - Curtis Stone

#12 - Finale (1) - Curtis Stone

Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 15, 2021

Legendary Chef Curtis Stone returns as a guest judge for the semi-finals when the Top Three battle for a spot in the finale in the appetizer round.

star 7.90
61 votes
Top 7 Compete

#13 - Top 7 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 17, 2012

Chef Paula Deen selects items for the mystery box challenge, which includes Southern staples and a surprise for the contestants; the challenge winner pairs the remaining contestants, who must prepare a Japanese dish as a team.

star 7.90
178 votes
11 Chefs Compete (1)

#14 - 11 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 25, 2010

The contestants are asked to make a single cupcake; chef Cat Cora and the contestants cook at a truck stop.

star 7.88
326 votes
Top 3 Compete

#15 - Top 3 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

The remaining cooks compete.

star 7.88
319 votes
Season Finale (2)

#16 - Season Finale (2)

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 19, 2018

The home cook with the best overall menu is crowned the winner wih a prize of a quarter of a million dollars and the coveted title of MasterChef.

star 7.86
195 votes
Finale (2) - Michael Cimarusti

#17 - Finale (2) - Michael Cimarusti

Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 15, 2021

Michelin star chef Michael Cimarusti is the final legend to grace the MasterChef kitchen and it's the finalists last chance to impress with their entrée and dessert dishes. Only one will be crowned the winner and earn the coveted title of MasterChef.

star 7.85
61 votes
Top 14 Compete

#18 - Top 14 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 28, 2011

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.85
322 votes
14 Chefs Compete (2)

#19 - 14 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 18, 2010

The cooks prepare their best dishes in hopes of impressing the judges.

star 7.84
141 votes
6 Chefs Compete (1)

#20 - 6 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2010

The contestants undergo a Mystery Box challenge and an Invention Test.

star 7.83
329 votes
Top 3 Compete

#21 - Top 3 Compete

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

One chef moves on to the finals after impressing a panel of judges representing all 50 states and a second finalist is determined based on a challenge involving three classic American desserts.

star 7.83
187 votes
Top 3 Compete

#22 - Top 3 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 4, 2013

The remaining three contestants cook more sophisticated versions of the dishes they made in their initial auditions.

star 7.82
202 votes
9 Chefs Compete (1)

#23 - 9 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 1, 2010

In their first challenge of the day, the chefs are asked to make a dish with dungeness crab

star 7.82
307 votes
Top 7 Compete

#24 - Top 7 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 31, 2013

The cooks create dishes inspired by loved ones; tag-team sushi challenge.

star 7.81
178 votes
Top 8 Compete

#25 - Top 8 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 16, 2012

The eight finalists must prepare, cook and serve a hearty meal to 101 cowboys; the challenge losers must prepare six eggs four different ways in only 20 minutes.

star 7.81
241 votes