MasterChef (US)

The WORST episodes of MasterChef (US)

Every episode of MasterChef (US) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of MasterChef (US)!

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.

Last Updated: 12/1/2022Network:FOX
Top 8 Compete
174 votes

#1 - Top 8 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/1/2011

The remaining contestants try to impress the judges.

Bring Home the Bacon
202 votes

#2 - Bring Home the Bacon

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/24/2015

In the next challenge, it's proven that Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day when the home cooks are each tasked to create an elevated breakfast dish in 45 minutes. Not only does the winner have immunity in the next mystery box challenge, but they also receive two additional advantages. Later, in the mystery box challenge, contestants must create TV dinners.

Let the Battle Commence: Top 40
199 votes

#3 - Let the Battle Commence: Top 40

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/20/2015

Forty of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the distinguished judging panel: Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and new judge Christina Tosi.

Cinnamon Roll-er Coaster
189 votes

#4 - Cinnamon Roll-er Coaster

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/3/2015

The remaining 20 home cooks face their first team challenge of the season at an amusement park. Once teams are decided, each team is tasked with creating its version of an amusement park burger and fish & chips dish for thousands of amusement park guests. The winning team is safe from elimination, while the losing team has to face the first pressure test of the season, during which the home cooks make 12 cinnamon rolls.

Top 15 Compete
319 votes

#5 - Top 15 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/27/2011

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

Top 8 Compete Again
203 votes

#6 - Top 8 Compete Again

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 8/2/2011

After being spared from elimination, the eight remaining cooks again vie for a spot in the next round; two contestants are eliminated.

Home State Heroes
131 votes

#7 - Home State Heroes

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/6/2018

In the first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 24 must prep, cook, and plate one dish featuring an ingredient unique to each of their home states.

Getting A-Head in the Competition
213 votes

#8 - Getting A-Head in the Competition

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/12/2015

In the next team challenge, the remaining home cooks split into teams to prepare vegetarian meals for guests of the MasterChef restaurant. Teams have access to any ingredients that they choose in the MasterChef pantry, as long as the dishes are vegetarian. The winning team is safe from elimination, while the losing team must cook in the next pressure test and create delicious well-composed meals using various cuts from an animal head.

Top 16 Compete
264 votes

#9 - Top 16 Compete

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/21/2011

The contestants form two teams that must cook a five-course meal for hundreds of diners; one contestant is sent home.

Happy Birthday MasterChef
187 votes

#10 - Happy Birthday MasterChef

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/1/2015

Each team prepares a two-course menu for the 100th episode celebration, during which VIP guests dine on oyster and caviar appetizers and a duck breast entrée, followed by a special surprise dish by judge Christina Tosi. The losing team faces the next pressure test, in which contestants must create a three-layer birthday cake.

Waste Not Want Not
183 votes

#11 - Waste Not Want Not

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired 8/29/2018

The 7 remaining contestants face a Mystery Box challenge filled with waste – literally. The home cook who makes the best dish from food scraps will be safe in the elimination challenge, during which they’ll take on another Mystery Box Challenge, but this time with all the best and freshest ingredients. Find out whose time has come to an end.

Auditions #1
359 votes

#12 - Auditions #1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/27/2010

Cooks share their signature dishes with the judges in hopes of advancing to the next round of the competition.

Top 19 Compete
194 votes

#13 - Top 19 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/29/2013

The top 19 contestants face a mystery box challenge; the contestants face elimination.

Clawing to Victory
212 votes

#14 - Clawing to Victory

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/10/2015

The next mystery box challenge has the home cooks come out of their shells and prepare unique crab dishes for the judges. The home cook who prepares the best crab dish receives a significant advantage before the next elimination challenge. Then the remaining home cooks create their versions of sweet or savory dishes, using the same surprise ingredient of corn.

A Storm's a Brewing
215 votes

#15 - A Storm's a Brewing

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 8/19/2015

In the next mystery box challenge, the remaining home cooks must create a dish using coffee as one of the main ingredients. The winner of the challenge receives a significant advantage in the next pressure test and is safe from elimination. Then, during the pressure test, contestants team up in pairs as they replicate an elaborate party platter.

Auditions #2
307 votes

#16 - Auditions #2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/3/2010

Auditions continue as amateur cooks try to impress the judges.

The Restaurant Takeover
200 votes

#17 - The Restaurant Takeover

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 8/26/2015

In the next team challenge, the Top 6 home cooks face the wildly popular restaurant takeover. Each team must complete two appetizer and two entree dishes for the dining guests in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant. The winning team is safe from elimination, while the losing team members face the next pressure test, in which they prep, cook, and plate three different pasta dishes. Find out who can't stand the heat of the restaurant kitchen and who moves on to the Top 5.

Top 18 Compete
208 votes

#18 - Top 18 Compete

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/12/2012

The top 18 contestants must create a dish using duck and bananas; the judges challenge the cooks to use unusual ingredients.

Family Reunion
213 votes

#19 - Family Reunion

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/29/2015

The Top 10 home cooks cook family style when they face their next team challenge and create family style meals for VIP diners. After each team prepares their family style meals, they are greeted by the dinner guests, their family members. Each diner votes for one team's meal and the team with the most votes is safe from the next pressure test. In the pressure test, the losing team home cooks must create a gnocchi-in-brown-sage-butter-sauce dish.

Rice Rice Baby
208 votes

#20 - Rice Rice Baby

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/15/2015

In the next mystery box challenge, the remaining home cooks must create a rice dish in 60 minutes. The contestant with the winning dish will be featured in Family Circle Magazine and do not have to participate in the next elimination challenge. Then, in the elimination challenge, contestants are tasked with creating dishes based on dynamic duo ingredients. Find out who makes it into the Top 10 best home cooks in America.

Top 18 Compete
196 votes

#21 - Top 18 Compete

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/5/2013

The cooks must create a healthy meal for over 300 school children.

You're The Apple Of My Eye
209 votes

#22 - You're The Apple Of My Eye

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/27/2015

The Top 22 home cooks in America face their first Mystery Box Challenge. Each contestant is given 20 staple ingredients that anyone could find in their home and tasked with preparing a dish for the judges — were the judges to show up at their homes for dinner. The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge receives a significant advantage in the season's first pressure test, during which contestants must make their versions of an apple pie.

Gordon's Greatest Hits
204 votes

#23 - Gordon's Greatest Hits

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/8/2015

The remaining home cooks learn from the best as they enter a special taste-it-and-make-it challenge. Each contestant must recreate Gordon Ramsay's signature Beef Wellington. The home cooks with the worst dishes compete in the next pressure test, featuring another Gordon Ramsay dish — scallops with puree of English peas, bacon, and quail eggs, finished with shaved truffles. Find out who can keep up with the master and who is sent home for good.

Auditions No. 3; Top 36 Bootcamp
201 votes

#24 - Auditions No. 3; Top 36 Bootcamp

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/11/2012

The contestants compete in a ground beef challenge.

Pop-Up Restaurant
118 votes

#25 - Pop-Up Restaurant

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 8/31/2016

The 6 remaining contestants compete in the series' classic pop-up restaurant challenge.

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