The BEST Episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 31, 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 10.00
29 votes
Winner Revealed

#2 - Winner Revealed

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

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

star 9.00
56 votes
Top 10 Compete

#3 - 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 9.00
56 votes
Top 3 Compete

#4 - 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 9.00
29 votes
Winner Chosen

#5 - Winner Chosen

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

The two top chefs compete in a final pressure test and the judges choose a winner.

star 9.00
29 votes
Winner Revealed (1)

#6 - 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 8.70
174 votes
6 Chefs Compete (2)

#7 - 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 8.60
58 votes
Audition 1

#8 - Audition 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2011

Hopefuls prepare signature dishes in hope of impressing the judges.

star 8.20
168 votes
11 Chefs Compete (1)

#9 - 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 8.00
203 votes
9 Chefs Compete (2)

#10 - 9 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 1, 2010

The contestants must cater a high-end wedding, and things go awry when the main course goes missing. The losing team goes back to the MasterChef kitchen to face a pressure test, and one more chef is eliminated.

star 8.00
29 votes
Top 9 Compete

#11 - 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 8.00
112 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 8.00
56 votes
Top 8 Compete

#13 - 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 8.00
28 votes
Top 7 Compete

#14 - Top 7 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 14, 2013

The cooks must prepare a T-bone steak dish; the challenge winner assigns a type of poultry to the other contestants.

star 8.00
28 votes
Top 6 Compete

#15 - Top 6 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 21, 2013

The cooks must re-create popular dishes served at a fine-dining restaurant in downtown Los Angeles; the losing team must prepare a perfect plate of fried calamari with a side of marinara sauce.

star 8.00
28 votes
Top 5 Compete (1)

#16 - 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 8.00
29 votes
Winner Chosen

#17 - Winner Chosen

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 11, 2013

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

star 8.00
28 votes
Top 30 Compete

#18 - Top 30 Compete

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired May 26, 2014

Amateur cooks prepare their signature dishes for the judges in hope of earning a white apron.

star 8.00
28 votes
Top 18 Compete

#19 - Top 18 Compete

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 16, 2014

The contestants tackle a seafood challenge, with the winner chooses what dessert the others prepare in the elimination round.

star 8.00
28 votes
Top 4 Compete

#20 - Top 4 Compete

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 8, 2014

A final team challenge establishes who moves on to the top three.

star 8.00
29 votes
9 Chefs Compete (1)

#21 - 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 7.90
203 votes
Top 14 Compete

#22 - Top 14 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 28, 2011

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.90
196 votes
Top 14 Revealed

#23 - Top 14 Revealed

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 10, 2010

The cooks must prove that they have mastered basic kitchen techniques; the judges reveal which cooks have made it into the top 14.

star 7.80
290 votes
14 Chefs Compete (1)

#24 - 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
232 votes
6 Chefs Compete (1)

#25 - 6 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2010

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

star 7.80
232 votes