The BEST Episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2020

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 Revealed (2)

#1 - Winner Revealed (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 15, 2010

The winner is revealed.

star 8.80
71 votes
Winner Revealed

#2 - Winner Revealed

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

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

star 8.57
82 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 8.44
267 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 8.34
188 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 8.28
101 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 8.06
209 votes
Top 9 Compete

#7 - 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 7.98
220 votes
The Finale (2)

#8 - 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
311 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 7.96
287 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 7.94
290 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
200 votes
Top 7 Compete

#12 - 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 7.92
169 votes
11 Chefs Compete (1)

#13 - 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 7.89
317 votes
Top 3 Compete

#14 - Top 3 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

The remaining cooks compete.

star 7.88
311 votes
Top 14 Compete

#15 - Top 14 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 28, 2011

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.88
314 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 7.87
188 votes
14 Chefs Compete (2)

#17 - 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 7.86
133 votes
Top 3 Compete

#18 - 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 7.86
181 votes
9 Chefs Compete (1)

#19 - 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 7.86
300 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 7.84
322 votes
Top 3 Compete

#21 - 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
197 votes
Top 8 Compete

#22 - 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 7.82
232 votes
Top 7 Compete

#23 - Top 7 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 31, 2013

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

star 7.82
173 votes
Top 8 Compete

#24 - Top 8 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 24, 2013

The cooks compete in an overnight challenge; the losing team faces a spun sugar dessert pressure test.

star 7.81
195 votes
14 Chefs Compete (1)

#25 - 14 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 18, 2010

One team is safe from elimination after winning a challenge where they spend the day feeding hundreds of Marines; the losing team faces a pressure test.

star 7.80
383 votes