The BEST Episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 24, 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 8.70
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 8.46
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 8.39
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
194 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 8.19
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 8.06
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 7.98
314 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 7.96
227 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 7.94
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
298 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
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 7.91
177 votes
Top 3 Compete

#13 - Top 3 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 16, 2011

The remaining cooks compete.

star 7.87
319 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 7.87
326 votes
Season Finale (2)

#15 - 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
195 votes
Top 14 Compete

#16 - Top 14 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 28, 2011

The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.

star 7.86
322 votes
Top 3 Compete

#17 - 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 7.83
202 votes
6 Chefs Compete (1)

#18 - 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

#19 - 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 7.82
188 votes
14 Chefs Compete (2)

#20 - 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 7.82
141 votes
Top 7 Compete

#21 - 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
178 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 7.81
240 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 7.81
308 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 7.80
201 votes
Top 6 Compete

#25 - 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 7.79
194 votes