The BEST Episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2019

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.

Winner Chosen

#1 - Winner Chosen

Season 4 - Episode 25

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

star 8.41
160 votes
Winner Chosen

#2 - Winner Chosen

Season 3 - Episode 20

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

star 8.27
127 votes
Winner Revealed (2)

#3 - Winner Revealed (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13

The winner is revealed.

star 8.19
42 votes
14 Chefs Compete (2)

#4 - 14 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.17
47 votes
Top 3 Compete

#5 - Top 3 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 19

The remaining cooks compete.

star 8.10
94 votes
Winner Revealed (1)

#6 - Winner Revealed (1)

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 8.07
98 votes
6 Chefs Compete (2)

#7 - 6 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 8.02
44 votes
6 Chefs Compete (1)

#8 - 6 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 8.00
97 votes
11 Chefs Compete (2)

#9 - 11 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7

The remaining chefs need to feed 100 truckers at a remote California truck stop. The losing team returns to the kitchen to face a pressure test, which consists of naming as many foods as they can from a table of farmer's market ingredients.

star 8.00
50 votes
Top 9 Compete

#10 - Top 9 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.98
111 votes
The Finale (2)

#11 - The Finale (2)

Season 8 - Episode 21

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

star 7.98
309 votes
Top 3 Compete

#12 - Top 3 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 24

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

star 7.96
169 votes
Top 5 Compete (1)

#13 - Top 5 Compete (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21

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

star 7.92
170 votes
Top 7 Compete

#14 - Top 7 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 13

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
114 votes
Top 12 Compete

#15 - Top 12 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 10

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.90
118 votes
Season Finale (2)

#16 - Season Finale (2)

Season 9 - Episode 23

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 7.87
187 votes
Top 15 Compete

#17 - Top 15 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 6

The cooks must create a unique dish using unconventional cuts of meat.

star 7.87
119 votes
Top 13 Compete

#18 - Top 13 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 8

The cooks must prepare a high quality dish using $20 worth of ingredients; during the elimination round the cooks try to recreate their favorite desserts.

star 7.87
119 votes
Top 14 Compete

#19 - Top 14 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 8

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.87
124 votes
Top 8 Compete

#20 - Top 8 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 7.86
123 votes
Top 6 Compete (3)

#21 - Top 6 Compete (3)

Season 3 - Episode 16

The cooks split into two teams to replicate signature dishes at an award-winning restaurant; the contestants must prepare steak three ways.

star 7.85
122 votes
9 Chefs Compete (1)

#22 - 9 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 7.85
103 votes
Top 13 Compete

#23 - Top 13 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 9

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.85
124 votes
Top 12 Compete

#24 - Top 12 Compete

Season 5 - Episode 10

The cooks prepare romantic dinners for couples celebrating anniversaries; Ramsay's wife joins him for dinner; the losing team create their own truffle recipes for a box of chocolates.

star 7.84
193 votes
Top 4 Compete

#25 - Top 4 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 18

The cooks split into two teams to prepare a meal for the judges and three respected chefs; the cooks on the losing team compete against each other.

star 7.84
123 votes