2013, 5 seasons to date
Game-Show / Reality-TV
By Robin Ashbrook
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the judges get whipped creamed!
The kids create tasty dishes using yucky ingredients.
A three-legged challenge is held to make a dozen cupcakes. Later, Gordon's mom visits the kitchen as a guest judge when the remaining contestants prepare one of the host's favorite dishes from his childhood.
The contestants fry eggs sunny-side up in a 10 minute-challenge, and later prepare their signature dishes that will anchor their menus at a future restaurant.
Twelve cooks remain for a mystery box challenge using ingredients that get better with age. Later, the contestants work with the most dangerous protein in the show's history.
A pantry hunt pits the winners from the previous challenge against one another to match the most ingredients in the time allotted. Later, the 10 remaining contestants team up in pairs to complete an elaborate sushi dish.
The Top 20 junior home cooks face an out-of-this-world Mystery Box challenge with special guest astronaut Tracy Dyson, during which they must prepare a unique dish that highlights a stellar ingredient. The one who rockets to the top will have a significant advantage in the elimination challenge, when the contestants will be tasked with creating a stunning and delicious fish dish in order to move onto the next round.
In a team relay race, the junior home cooks must create a large serving of seven-layer dip. The team that completes the dip first will be safe, and get to choose the smelly, wrinkly or spicy ingredients for the elimination challenge.
The Top 20 face the season's first mystery box challenge, during which they must cook dishes using both sweet and savory ingredients. Later in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the contestants must replicate Chef Ramsay's signature hand-roasted sea bass. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
The Top 18 return to the kitchen to face off in two challenges. In the first competition, the young cooks are split into teams and have 10 minutes to make a classic American dish - the corn dog. The winning team gets to turn the judges into a yummy treat. Later in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the contestants have to make a juicy burger, but there's a tough catch! Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.