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Season 1
Ep 1 - Auditions #1 Toggle seen
Cooks share their signature dishes with the judges in hopes of advancing to the next round of the competition.
Ep 2 - Auditions #2 Toggle seen
Auditions continue as amateur cooks try to impress the judges.
Ep 3 - Top 14 Revealed Toggle seen
The cooks must prove that they have mastered basic kitchen techniques; the judges reveal which cooks have made it into the top 14.
Ep 4 - 14 Chefs Compete (1) Toggle seen
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.
Ep 5 - 14 Chefs Compete (2) Toggle seen
The cooks prepare their best dishes in hopes of impressing the judges.
Ep 6 - 11 Chefs Compete (1) Toggle seen
The contestants are asked to make a single cupcake; chef Cat Cora and the contestants cook at a truck stop.
Ep 7 - 11 Chefs Compete (2) Toggle seen
The remaining chefs need to feed 100 truckers at a remote California truck stop. The losing team returns to the kitchen to face a pressure test, which consists of naming as many foods as they can from a table of farmer's market ingredients.
Ep 8 - 9 Chefs Compete (1) Toggle seen
In their first challenge of the day, the chefs are asked to make a dish with dungeness crab
Ep 9 - 9 Chefs Compete (2) Toggle seen
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.
Ep 10 - 6 Chefs Compete (1) Toggle seen
The contestants undergo a Mystery Box challenge and an Invention Test.
Ep 11 - 6 Chefs Compete (2) Toggle seen
The contestants go fishing, and use their catches for their entrees. Another chef is eliminated.
Ep 12 - Winner Revealed (1) Toggle seen
After enduring pressure tests and grueling challenges, the remaining chefs compete for $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal.
Ep 13 - Winner Revealed (2) Toggle seen
The winner is revealed.
Season 2
Ep 1 - Audition 1 Toggle seen
Hopefuls prepare signature dishes in hope of impressing the judges.
Ep 2 - Audition 2 Toggle seen
Hopefuls vie for a spot in the top 38.
Ep 3 - Audition No. 3; Top 38 Revealed Toggle seen
The top 38 contestants are revealed.
Ep 4 - Top 18 Revealed Toggle seen
The contestants prove they are proficient in basic kitchen techniques.
Ep 5 - Top 16 Revealed Toggle seen
The contestants have one hour to make a dish using mystery ingredients; the winner picks the main ingredient in the elimination round.
Ep 6 - Top 16 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants form two teams that must cook a five-course meal for hundreds of diners; one contestant is sent home.
Ep 7 - Top 15 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants hope to impress the judges and advance to the next round.
Ep 8 - Top 14 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 9 - Top 13 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 10 - Top 12 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 11 - Top 11 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 12 - Top 10 Compete Toggle seen
The 10 remaining cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 13 - Top 9 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants try to impress the judges and advance to the next round.
Ep 14 - Top 8 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining contestants try to impress the judges.
Ep 15 - Top 8 Compete Again Toggle seen
After being spared from elimination, the eight remaining cooks again vie for a spot in the next round; two contestants are eliminated.
Ep 16 - Top 6 Compete Toggle seen
The six remaining cooks compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 17 - Top 5 Compete Toggle seen
The five remaining chefs compete for a spot in the next round.
Ep 18 - Top 4 Compete Toggle seen
The four remaining contestants prepare dishes for the judges from around the world.
Ep 19 - Top 3 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining cooks compete.
Ep 20 - Winner Revealed Toggle seen
One contestant wins the grand prize of $250,000.
Season 3
Ep 1 - Auditions No. 1 Toggle seen
The hopefuls prepare their signature dishes for the judges.
Ep 2 - Auditions No. 2 Toggle seen
The judges critique the food and eliminate contestants.
Ep 3 - Auditions No. 3; Top 36 Bootcamp Toggle seen
The contestants compete in a ground beef challenge.
Ep 4 - Top 18 Compete Toggle seen
The top 18 contestants must create a dish using duck and bananas; the judges challenge the cooks to use unusual ingredients.
Ep 5 - Top 16 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants travel to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where they work in teams to prepare a meal for 200 servicemen and women.
Ep 6 - Top 15 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must create a unique dish using unconventional cuts of meat.
Ep 7 - Top 14 Compete Toggle seen
The judges split the cooks into teams to prepare breakfast for hotel guests; the members of the losing team must prove they deserve to stay in the competition.
Ep 8 - Top 13 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must prepare a high quality dish using $20 worth of ingredients; during the elimination round the cooks try to recreate their favorite desserts.
Ep 9 - Top 12 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants are divided into three teams for a food truck challenge; the challenge losers face a pressure test.
Ep 10 - Top 11 Compete Toggle seen
Graham Elliot joins the amateur cooks in a mystery box challenge; two contestants are eliminated.
Ep 11 - Top Nine Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must incorporate sea urchin into their creations; the winner of the mystery box challenge assigns the others one of eight different types of fish.
Ep 12 - Top 8 Compete Toggle seen
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.
Ep 13 - Top 7 Compete Toggle seen
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.
Ep 14 - Top 6 Compete (1) Toggle seen
Eight previously eliminated contestants return to compete for a chance to rejoin the competition.
Ep 15 - Top 6 Compete (2) Toggle seen
The cooks face a mystery box challenge featuring shrimp, with the winner choosing a savory item the hopefuls will have to use in a dessert dish.
Ep 16 - Top 6 Compete (3) Toggle seen
The cooks split into two teams to replicate signature dishes at an award-winning restaurant; the contestants must prepare steak three ways.
Ep 17 - Top 5 Complete Toggle seen
The cooks select mystery box ingredients that represent who they are; the judges surprise the cooks with a twist; the cooks re-create a dish that Graham Elliot served to the president.
Ep 18 - Top 4 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks split into two teams to prepare a meal for the judges and three respected chefs; the cooks on the losing team compete against each other.
Ep 19 - Top 3 Compete Toggle seen
The final three contestants are asked to reflect on their culinary experiences and create a dish that embodies their personality and passion; the top two contestants are chosen.
Ep 20 - Winner Chosen Toggle seen
The remaining cooks make a final effort to impress the judges; one contestant wins the grand prize.
Season 4
Ep 1 - Auditions No. 1 Toggle seen
Home cooks present dishes to the judges.
Ep 2 - Auditions No. 2 Toggle seen
Home cooks present dishes to the judges.
Ep 3 - Top 19 Revealed Toggle seen
The judges pare down the competition in the final round of auditions; the cooks take on a lamb challenge.
Ep 4 - Top 19 Compete Toggle seen
The top 19 contestants face a mystery box challenge; the contestants face elimination.
Ep 5 - Top 18 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must create a healthy meal for over 300 school children.
Ep 6 - Top 17 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must prepare a dish using mystery box ingredients, which include cod; two contestants are sent home.
Ep 7 - Top 16 Compete (1) Toggle seen
The cooks prepare a steak meal for firefighters; the challenge losers cook eggs benedict.
Ep 8 - Top 16 Compete (2) Toggle seen
Four cooks prepare burger dishes at Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Las Vegas.
Ep 9 - Top 15 Compete Toggle seen
A mystery-box challenge involving foreign ingredients takes place; chef Lidia Bastianich judges pasta dishes.
Ep 10 - Top 14 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants prepare a meal for the cast and crew of "Glee." Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison serve as judges.
Ep 11 - Top 13 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants deal with a mystery-box challenge that involves an unusual ingredient and a limited pantry; Season 3 winner Christine Ha surprises the chefs.
Ep 12 - Top 12 Compete Toggle seen
A meal is prepared for a wedding party.
Ep 13 - Top 11 Compete Toggle seen
Restaurateur Eva Longoria selects Mexican-inspired ingredients for a mystery box challenge.
Ep 14 - Top 10 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants must prepare fish tacos for hungry surfers; in a pressure test, contestants must prepare a perfect chicken breast three different ways.
Ep 15 - Top 9 Compete Toggle seen
The nine remaining contestants make sausage link dishes using a sausage maker, with the winner choosing the ingredient to be used in the canned versus fresh challenge.
Ep 16 - Top 8 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete in an overnight challenge; the losing team faces a spun sugar dessert pressure test.
Ep 17 - Top 7 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks create dishes inspired by loved ones; tag-team sushi challenge.
Ep 18 - Top 6 Compete Toggle seen
Previously eliminated contestants get the chance to get back in the competition by perfectly frying an egg and preparing a salmon dish.
Ep 19 - Top 7 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must prepare a T-bone steak dish; the challenge winner assigns a type of poultry to the other contestants.
Ep 20 - Top 6 Compete Toggle seen
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.
Ep 21 - Top 5 Compete (1) Toggle seen
The judges are joined by their sons, who help critique a mystery box challenge; re-creating a dish.
Ep 22 - Top 5 Compete (2) Toggle seen
Two cooks advance to the finals while the remaining three face a pressure test.
Ep 23 - Top 4 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks split into two teams for the mystery box challenge.
Ep 24 - Top 3 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining three contestants cook more sophisticated versions of the dishes they made in their initial auditions.
Ep 25 - Winner Chosen Toggle seen
The final two cooks prepare three-course meals; the judges choose the winner.
Season 5
Ep 1 - Top 30 Compete Toggle seen
Amateur cooks prepare their signature dishes for the judges in hope of earning a white apron.
Ep 2 - Top 22 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants must prepare a unique dish in the first mystery box challenge -- which features ingredients typically used in desserts; in the next round, the contestants prepare a classic American dish.
Ep 3 - Top 20 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks compete to feed 500 male and female troops on a desert Army base; the losing team faces a pressure test featuring blueberry pie.
Ep 4 - Top 18 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants tackle a seafood challenge, with the winner chooses what dessert the others prepare in the elimination round.
Ep 5 - Top 17 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants prepare a seafood menu for a beachfront wedding; one team faces a challenge featuring a meal with steak and fries.
Ep 6 - Top 16 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants prepare a dish using canned foods; MasterChef winner Luca Manfe and MasterChef Junior winner Alexander Weiss help determine what dish the contestants cook in the elimination round.
Ep 7 - Top 15 Compete Toggle seen
The contestants must put aside their difference as they pair up to create a surf-and-turf dish; the challenge losers face a pressure test featuring spring rolls.
Ep 8 - Top 14 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining 14 cooks work in two sets of teams at a busy, iconic diner in Los Angeles; the members of the losing team must make a three-layer red velvet cake during a pressure test.
Ep 9 - Top 13 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks must create a dish using Alaskan king salmon; during the elimination round, the cooks create a dish using one judge's favorite ingredients.
Ep 10 - Top 12 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks prepare romantic dinners for couples celebrating anniversaries; Ramsay's wife joins him for dinner; the losing team create their own truffle recipes for a box of chocolates.
Ep 11 - Top 11 Compete Toggle seen
For the first time, the contestants get to choose between two mystery boxes: one filled with high-end ingredients and one containing ordinary items; the winner of the challenge chooses which type of stuffed pasta the remaining cooks make.
Ep 12 - Top 10 Compete Toggle seen
The home cooks split into two teams and create menus of healthy football game concessions for an entire stadium; the cooks on the losing team must create three unique prawn dishes in a pressure test.
Ep 13 - Top 8 Compete Toggle seen
The cooks split into teams of two and prepare a poultry dish using different parts of the chicken; two pairs face a pressure test with eggs.
Ep 14 - Top 7 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining contestants receive hometown encouragement as they prepare savory apple dishes; while the challenge winner is safe from elimination, the other contestants form teams of two and make a variety of dim sum.
Ep 15 - Top 6 Compete Toggle seen
The remaining six cooks compete in teams and take over a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles. The losing team competes individually in a unique croquembouche pressure test.
Ep 16 - Top 5 Compete Toggle seen
Each cook creates a dish inspired by one of their loved ones after they meet with some VIP kitchen guests and all but the winner prepre rare protein dishes to stay in the game.
Ep 17 - Top 4 Compete Toggle seen
A final team challenge establishes who moves on to the top three.
Ep 18 - Top 3 Compete Toggle seen
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.
Ep 19 - Winner Chosen Toggle seen
The two top chefs compete in a final pressure test and the judges choose a winner.
Season 6
Ep 1 - Let the Battle Commence: Top 40 Toggle seen
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.
Ep 2 - The Battle Continues: Top 22 Toggle seen
The initial forty cooks continue to battle for a coveted white apron and a spot in the Top 22.
Ep 3 - You're The Apple Of My Eye Toggle seen
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.
Ep 4 - Cinnamon Roll-er Coaster Toggle seen
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.
Ep 5 - Clawing to Victory Toggle seen
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.
Ep 6 - What Happens in Vegas Steaks in Vegas Toggle seen
In the second field challenge of the season, the home cooks take a surprise trip to Las Vegas, where they are split into two teams to take over Drai's Nightclub and feed 101 Las Vegas performers. The team who receives the most winning votes from the Las Vegas performer diners is safe from the next pressure test, while the losing team deals with a deuce steak contest at Gordon Ramsay's Steak. In the pressure test, the home cooks face two steak challenges testing temperature and taste, and one contestant is sent home.
Ep 7 - Bring Home the Bacon Toggle seen
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.
Ep 8 - Happy Birthday MasterChef Toggle seen
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.
Ep 9 - Gordon's Greatest Hits Toggle seen
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.
Ep 10 - Rice Rice Baby Toggle seen
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.
Ep 11 - Moo-vers And Bakers Toggle seen
The Top 10 home cooks enter the Wild West when they face their next team challenge and create steak meals for 101 cowboys and ranchers. The team that receives the most winning votes moo-ve on in the competition, while the remaining home cooks face the next pressure test. For the pressure test the losing team bakes tarts and see who can bake their way to victory.
Ep 12 - Family Reunion Toggle seen
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.
Ep 13 - A Little Southern Flare Toggle seen
The cooks prepare a flambé in a mystery box challenge, and the winner is safe from elimination and also gets to choose which Southern dish the contestants must make. The winner also receives two other significant advantages.
Ep 14 - Getting A-Head in the Competition Toggle seen
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.
Ep 15 - A Storm's a Brewing Toggle seen
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.
Ep 16 - The Restaurant Takeover Toggle seen
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.
Ep 17 - Return of the Champions Toggle seen
In the next mystery box challenge, the Top 5 home cooks must create a dish using pear, blue cheese, tomato, portabella mushroom, and chocolate. The winner receives both safety from elimination and the power to choose among 4 baskets of ingredients for the elimination challenge, baskets that were put together with the help of the 3 former MasterChef winners.
Ep 18 - Think Inside the Box Toggle seen
The 4 remaining contestants use special ingredients from Gordon and Graham in the next team challenge. Each team must create a unique appetizer and entrée, and create them 3 times. The losing pair face a pressure test in which they must recreate judge Christina Tosi's world-famous Chocolate Malted Layer Cake to see who rounds out the Top 3.
Ep 19 - Team Gordon Ramsay Toggle seen
In the next challenge, with a little help from a few other home cooks, the remaining three contestants create dishes for 30 restaurant guests who serve an important role in the judges' culinary world. The home cook with the most number of votes moves on in the competition, while the remaining two home cooks face the next pressure test, during which they must complete three classic MasterChef dishes. The home cook with the best dishes moves on to the finals.
Ep 20 - The Finale Toggle seen
In the final challenge in the MasterChef kitchen, the Top Two home cooks have one last chance to prove to the judges that they deserve the MasterChef title by creating a three-course meal. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges reveal America's next MasterChef, and the deserving home cook walks away with a MasterChef trophy, a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
Season 7
Ep 1 - Battle for a White Apron (1) Toggle seen
Forty of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Battle of the Apron challenge and attempt to move forward to compete for the title, a cookbook deal, and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds are Ramsay and Tosi.
Ep 2 - Battle for a White Apron (2) Toggle seen
The second half of the 40 home cooks have their culinary skills tested as the Battle of the Apron challenge continues.
Ep 3 - Wolfgang Puck Toggle seen
The top 20 home cooks in America meet guest judge Wolfgang Puck, who introduces the first Mystery Box Challenge - potatoes. The winner has a significant decision going into the elimination challenge, during which they have to replicate one of Chef Ramsay's signature dishes in less than 60 minutes.
Ep 4 - A MasterChef Wedding Toggle seen
The Top 18 home cooks are divided in to 2 teams where they have to prepare appetizers and entrees for season 6 contestant Nick Nappi on his wedding day! Not only do they feel the pressure from Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and a former contestant but also Nick's bride and 72 hungry wedding guests, the winning team earns a significant advantage in the next elimination challenge.
Ep 5 - A Mexican Mystery Toggle seen
The remaining 17 home cooks are joined by special guests Season 6 winner Claudia Sandoval and guest culinary judge Aarón Sánchez as they reveal the next mystery box challenge. Each contestant has 60 minutes to create their own unique dish using a number of Sandoval's favorite ingredients. The winner of the challenge is safe from the next elimination round and helps to decide the fate of 3 other contestants in the elimination.
Ep 6 - Gordon Ramsay Masterclass Toggle seen
The remaining 16 home cooks get a very special treat leading into the next challenge, as Chef Ramsay demonstrates how to properly deconstruct a lobster. They then each have 25 minutes to kill, poach, and shell a lobster, just as they learned. The winner has the advantage of choosing which team he or she joins for the next field challenge. For the second part of the challenge, Chef Ramsay demonstrates how to make lobster tortellini in a seafood broth. The contestants have 45 minutes to recreate Ramsay’s dish to avoid elimination.
Ep 7 - Vets, Jets, and Home Cooks Toggle seen
The remaining 15 home cooks separate into 2 teams for the second major field challenge of the competition, cooking for 101 hungry veterans! The 2 teams have 75 minutes to prep, and one hour to serve a dish consisting of a steak, two sides, and a sauce. After a dramatic day out in the field, the veterans have the power to vote for their favorite dish. The team with the most votes is safe in the competition, while the team with the least amount of votes faces the pressure test.
Ep 8 - The Good, the Bad, and the Offal Toggle seen
The contestants are introduced to special culinary guest judge Edward Lee, who reveals the third Mystery Box challenge. Contestants lift their boxes only to find a $20 bill. They each have 5 minutes to shop for ingredients priced in the pantry without spending more than $20. Then they have 45 minutes to prepare four entree dishes to present to the judges. Not only will the winner and the winner's dish be featured in Family Circle magazine, but they also avoid having to participate in the elimination challenge.
Ep 9 - A Piece of Cake Toggle seen
The remaining 12 contestants are broken up into two teams to prep, cook, and plate 30 dishes for teenagers celebrating their Sweet 16 birthdays. Each team receives a surprise box with 16 different ingredients and one protein. They'll have 60 minutes to prepare and present their dishes to the diners, who then vote on their favorite dish. The losing contestants are faced with the Birthday Cake pressure test and have 90 minutes to bake a three-layer birthday cake and then face a dramatic elimination.
Ep 10 - The Weakest Links Toggle seen
The remaining 11 contestants are dropped off in the middle of a vegetable field and surprised by the judges – Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and guest judge Edward Lee – who inform them of their next team field challenge. The teams go head-to-head with 75 minutes to prepare and cook their dishes, followed by 45 minutes to serve more than 100 hungry farmers. The losing team must cook an elevated sausage in a bun in the elimination challenge.
Ep 11 - Sweet Surprise Toggle seen
The Top 10 contestants have 60 minutes to prep, cook and plate a Nutella breakfast dish. The winner, who is safe from the next elimination challenge, also gets to choose what dish the other contestants must prepare for the challenge. Is it paella, bibimbap, or risotto?
Ep 12 - 5 Star Food Toggle seen
Guest judge Kevin Sbraga cooks alongside the Top 9 in the next Mystery Box Challenge, as they create an impressive dish using unique upscale ingredients. The contestants then go head-to-head in the elimination challenge, cooking with either fresh salmon or canned salmon.
Ep 13 - Hot Potato Toggle seen
The Top 8 remaining contenders must battle through a 3-part potato proficiency challenge. Guest judge Kevin Sbraga.
Ep 14 - Tag Team Toggle seen
The 7 remaining cooks compete in their next Mystery Box Challenge using 3 basic utensils to prepare 2 dishes. The contestants are paired up and go head-to-head in the elimination challenge to create a picnic platter.
Ep 15 - Pop-Up Restaurant Toggle seen
The 6 remaining contestants compete in the series' classic pop-up restaurant challenge.
Ep 16 - Family Drama Toggle seen
The 5 remaining contestants are introduced to special culinary guest judge Richard Blais – chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author – who reveals the seventh Mystery Box challenge. The winner avoids competing in the elimination challenge and the remaining contestants are given five minutes to shop for a basket full of twenty ingredients. With an unexpected twist in the competition, one is eliminated.
Ep 17 - Critics Choice Toggle seen
The 4 remaining contestants are given 90 minutes to prepare either a halibut or duck entrée for VIP food critics in the Studio Box challenge. The winning team is exempt from the elimination challenge and the losing team faces the Pressure Test to recreate three pork dishes.
Ep 18 - The Finale (1) Toggle seen
The three finalists are sent home for one week to plan their menus. They are visited at their homes by Gordon and Christina. For the finals, Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud join the judging panel. The finalists will have one hour for each course to prepare four portions of their best appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Appetizer: Brandi presents braised pork belly with BBQ sauce and squash-parsnip puree; David prepares beet cured salmon with a soft-boiled egg, filo dough noodles, salmon roe and caviar; and Shaun makes halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree, pickled mushrooms, and uni foam. The entrées begin cooking as the first hour ends.
Ep 19 - The Finale (2) Toggle seen
The contestants have one hour to create entrees and one hour to create a dessert. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges reveal America's next MasterChef, and the deserving home cook walks away with the trophy, a book deal, and the $250,000 grand prize.
Season 8
Ep 1 - Battle for a White Apron (1) Toggle seen
Forty of America's best home cooks travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Battle for a White Apron challenge, during which they face off against each other to try to earn a place in the Top 20. Judging the battle rounds is Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and new judge and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez.
Ep 2 - Battle for a White Apron (2) Toggle seen
The remaining chefs compete for a spot in the Top 20. Only nine aprons remain and it is up to the judges to decide who makes it and who goes home.
Ep 3 - America's Grocery Bag Toggle seen
In their first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 20 have to take 12 of the most popular ingredients found on any American home cook's shopping list and make the judges a MasterChef-worthy dish. Whoever wins the challenge has a huge advantage moving forward in the competition.
Ep 4 - Feeding the Lifeguards Toggle seen
The Top 19 take it to the sandy shore, where they compete in their first team challenge of the season. The chefs have to prepare and cook fresh fish for 101 lifeguards who then vote on their favorite dish. The losing team has to compete in a pressure test before the judges send one chef home.
Ep 5 - Shell-Shocked & Scrambled Toggle seen
The Top 18 face a mystery box challenge that includes cooking some of the finest shellfish in the world. The winner receives a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the rest of the home cooks to compete in an elimination challenge, during which they must create a Gordon Ramsay classic. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who leaves the kitchen.
Ep 6 - Silenced by the Lambs Toggle seen
The cooks take part in a challenging skills test, during which they must prepare racks of lamb with fine artistry. Those who fail to impress the judges face an elimination challenge that includes recreating Gordon Ramsay's signature lamb chop dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who leaves the kitchen.
Ep 7 - Breakfast, Lunch & Winner Toggle seen
The home cooks head to Beverly Hills, CA, to take over the dining room breakfast service for The Belvedere restaurant at the iconic five-star Peninsula Hotel. After splitting into two teams, the cooks makes a variety of dishes for diners. The team that fails the challenge has to face a pressure test and cook a perfectly battered fish and chips dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who leaves the kitchen.
Ep 8 - Whole-y Cow! Toggle seen
The Top 15 face a mystery box challenge in which they randomly choose from boxes containing a different body part of a cow and use it as the star of a dish. The winner receives a huge advantage moving forward, while those who didn't impress must face off in an elimination challenge. It is then up to the judges to decide who leaves the kitchen.
Ep 9 - Holy Cannoli Toggle seen
The kitchen is transformed into a full dining room, as it welcomes purveyors of the finest local ingredients, ranging from butchers and vegetable farmers, to beekeepers and herb growers. After splitting into two teams, the home cooks must prepare dishes using the guests' own ingredients. The purveyors then vote on which team created a better dish, forcing the losing team to head back to the kitchen for a pressure test, during which they cook a classic Italian dessert, the cannoli. It is then up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 10 - The MasterChef Returns Toggle seen
Reigning champion Shaun O'Neale returns to the MasterChef kitchen, as he chooses ingredients from his new cookbook to be part of the mystery box challenge. The winner receives a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the other chefs to battle it out in a coconut-themed elimination challenge. It is then up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 11 - Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks Toggle seen
The Top 12 head to Sin City for a team challenge during which they serve 50 VIPs in entertainment and hospitality at Caesars Palace for its 50th Anniversary party. Each guest tastes both teams' dishes and then casts a vote for their favorite dish. The team with the most votes wins, sending the losing team back to the kitchen for a pressure test. It is then up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 12 - In a Pinch Toggle seen
In this week's skills test, the Top 11 are given a bag of live crawfish and have to carefully cook them in order to extract the most meat possible. The six weakest cooks go head-to-head in an elimination challenge, during which they will make a crawfish dish created by none other than Gordon Ramsay.
Ep 13 - Gordon's Game of Chicken Toggle seen
The Top 10 cooks compete in a chicken-and-potato team challenge. Find out which contestants will be eliminated.
Ep 14 - A Mexican Tag Team Challenge Toggle seen
In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top 9 must create a dish that is reminiscent of their favorite family breakfast, using Nutella as the key ingredient. The winner gets a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the rest of the chefs to pair up for a Mexican-themed tag team challenge.
Ep 15 - The Great Outdoors Toggle seen
The Top 8 head to Big Bear Lake to cook fresh fish. Find out which contestants will be eliminated.
Ep 16 - Chopsticks & Pasta Toggle seen
In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top 7 must create an Asian-inspired dish that centers around one of the most prominent utensils in culinary history - chopsticks! The winner gets a huge advantage moving forward, leaving the remaining home cooks to compete in a pasta-themed elimination challenge.
Ep 17 - Pop-Up Restaurant Toggle seen
The Top 6 split up in teams for a classic MasterChef challenge - to cook for food critics, writers, and chefs at a pop-up restaurant in a Southern California vineyard. Find out which contestant is eliminated.
Ep 18 - Something Fishy Toggle seen
In this week's mystery box challenge, the Top 6 get a special treat as their family members join them in the MasterChef kitchen. The contestants will then have to cook a dish inspired by their families before competing in an elimination test that will send one or more of them home.
Ep 19 - The Semi-Finals Toggle seen
The remaining home cooks will face a series of skills tests that will determine who will make it to the finale.
Ep 20 - The Finale (1) Toggle seen
The remaining chefs compete for the trophy and the $250,000 prize. Guest judge: Joe Bastianich.
Ep 21 - The Finale (2) Toggle seen
The remaining chefs compete for the trophy and the $250,000 prize. Guest judge: Joe Bastianich.
Season 9
Ep 1 - The Judges Do Battle (1) Toggle seen
Forty-three home cooks compete to earn a spot in the top 24.
Ep 2 - The Judges Do Battle (2) Toggle seen
The three judges each choose eight home cooks to mentor throughout the competition.
Ep 3 - The Judges Do Battle (3) Toggle seen
Forty-three of America's finest home cooks compete in the MasterChef Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24.
Ep 4 - Home State Heroes Toggle seen
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.
Ep 5 - Gordon Ramsay Masterclass Toggle seen
In the first skills test of the season, Gordon teaches the home cooks how to properly break down a crab before the contestants must replicate his work. Those whose skills don't cut it face an elimination challenge during which Gordon shows them how to make his signature Crab Benedict dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
Ep 6 - Trouble Brewing Toggle seen
The Top 20 chefs face the first team challenge of the season at the Anheuser Busch brewery. Teams must cook a beer-infused lunch for more than 100 employees. The team that receives the least amount of votes head back to the kitchen for a banana cream pie pressure test that determines who is eliminated.
Ep 7 - World Cup Dishes Toggle seen
The contestants face a mystery box challenge where they must create a dish using one common ingredient – walnuts. The winner receives 3 huge advantages. Later, the MasterChef kitchen welcomes American soccer legend, Alexi Lalas, who introduces a street-food themed elimination challenge that involves popular food among soccer fans in various countries. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 8 - A Gordon Ramsay Wedding Toggle seen
The contestants head to Malibu, California, and cook for Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale’s wedding – with Gordon Ramsay officiating! After splitting into 2 teams, the home cooks have limited time to prepare and cook 51 appetizers and 51 entrees for guests in attendance. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who stays and who heads home.
Ep 9 - The Big Not Easy Toggle seen
The contestants face a mystery box filled with fresh seafood and must create a dish using 2 items from it. The chefs who fail to impress the judges face an elimination challenge and are asked to upgrade one of the most popular frozen dinner dishes, Salisbury Steak. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 10 - Rise or Fall Toggle seen
The remaining home cooks pair up for a skills test to create a restaurant-quality dish featuring five ingredients, with the 15th contestant being paired up with their mentor and receiving an advantage in the challenge. The chefs who fail to impress the judges face an elimination challenge to create a cheese soufflé in just 40 minutes. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who heads home.
Ep 11 - The Kids are Alright Toggle seen
The Top 14 contestants are split into 2 teams to compete in a fine-dining challenge to cook 39 dishes for a group of very discerning judges. Contestants are surprised when the diners are revealed, forcing them to scramble and alter their dishes to accommodate the guests. Ultimately the winning team's recipe will be printed in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team competes in a cupcake pressure test with special guest Christina Tosi. The judges then decide who stays and who is sent home.
Ep 12 - Frying Tonight Toggle seen
The Top 13 contestants face a mystery box challenge with a stockpot and cooking oil and are tasked with making a dish that features a deep-fried element. An extra layer of pressure is put on the contestants as the judges cook alongside them. The winner of the challenge receives an advantage in the elimination challenge to create a citrus-centered dish. The judges then decide who stays and who is sent home.
Ep 13 - Just for the Halibut Toggle seen
The Top 12 face their third skills test in the MasterChef kitchen and replicate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress the judges are then tasked with creating a stunning original dish using their broken-down fish. Some contestants yield a bountiful filet, while others offer up a poor portion of protein. Ultimately, the judges decide who is left floundering and sent home.
Ep 14 - Sky's the Limit Toggle seen
The remaining home cooks are split into 2 teams and are tasked with serving 100 dishes to hungry airmen in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the March Air Reserve Base. The top 2 winners are rewarded as team captains for their next Field Challenge, and someone is sent home.
Ep 15 - Tag Team Toggle seen
The contestants are told they will be competing in the dreaded Tag Team Challenge.
Ep 16 - American Heroes Toggle seen
The 8 remaining home cooks divide into 2 teams and race against the clock to serve restaurant-quality dishes to 25 California firefighters. Ultimately, the firefighters will decide the winning team, while the losing team will face a pasta-themed pressure test where someone is sent home.
Ep 17 - Waste Not Want Not Toggle seen
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.
Ep 18 - Restaurant Takeover Toggle seen
The Top 6 face the Restaurant Takeover Challenge at Providence in Los Angeles. The home cooks split into 2 teams and must feed a dining room filled with 48 guests. The judges will evaluate each team's performance and the losing team will face the challenging pressure test, after which someone will be sent home.
Ep 19 - Cooking With Heart Toggle seen
The remaining 5 cooks receive a heart-warming mystery box challenge in which contestants create a dish inspired by their loved ones.
Ep 20 - Battle of the Beef Toggle seen
The Top 5 home cooks face a series of pressure-filled skills tests using an incredibly common protein – beef. The judges decide which contestant claims a safe spot on the balcony and who faces another culinary test. The 2 weakest home cooks go head-to-head to claim the final spot in the Top 4, while the other is cut.
Ep 21 - The Semi Final Toggle seen
The final 4 are split into 2 teams, and need to cook one incredible entrée for the judges’ mentors: Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman, and Lidia Bastianich. The judges choose which winning team moves on, leaving the final 2 to battle it out in a do-or-die pressure test. Find out which 3 make it to the finale.
Ep 22 - Season Finale (1) Toggle seen
The 3 remaining home cooks face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a 3-course menu for the judges.
Ep 23 - Season Finale (2) Toggle seen
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.
Season 10
Ep 1 - The Epic 10th Season Auditions - Pt. 1 Toggle seen
Thirty-six home cooks arrive with the intent of being placed in the Top 20, but the contestants must pass the audition rounds and impress the judges to earn the coveted apron; the contestants hope to earn a valuable "Judges' Pass."
Ep 2 - Auditions - Pt. 2 / The Battle Round Toggle seen
Only eight aprons are left for the hopeful home cooks to earn so they can pass through the audition rounds, where they have less than 45 minutes to prepare their signature dish and leave the judges wanting for more before the Top 20 are chosen.
Ep 3 - Gordon's Mystery Box Toggle seen
The Top 20 must quickly demonstrate their culinary expertise before they encounter their first mystery box challenge, where they must create a Ramsay-inspired dish, but only 18 home cooks can progress further in the competition.
Ep 4 - 10th Season Pool Party! Toggle seen
In two teams of nine cooks, the Top 18 prepare for a 10th anniversary-themed pool party by preparing food for 100 important guests that include former "MasterChef" winners and contestants, but only one team can earn immunity.
Ep 5 - The Blind Chicken Show Toggle seen
The team who failed to impress the pool party guests are given only 45 minutes to completely break down a chicken and prepare it into a delectable dish, but one contestant will be forced to surrender their apron after the timer runs out.
Ep 6 - Hot & Spicy Toggle seen
Model Alessandra Ambrosio offers input for the Top 17's next mystery box challenge, which includes an additional twist that throws some cooks off balance, but only 15 home cooks can be chosen to continue on to the next round.
Ep 7 - Gordon Takes on a Tarte Toggle seen
The remaining home cooks face another elimination challenge in which they have 60 minutes to closely replicate the dish du jour, tarte Tatin that must be prepared with silky crème anglaise sauce, or risk surrendering their apron and going home.
Ep 8 - Joe Takes a Risk Toggle seen
The top 16 cooks fight for immunity in a challenge to create an authentic three-course Italian meal.
Ep 9 - Tag Team Tears & Tantrums Toggle seen
With two eliminations on the line, the pressure is on for the losing team in the tag-team challenge.
Ep 10 - Gerron's Wedding Toggle seen
The home cooks split into two teams to prepare 45 meals for Gerron Hurt's wedding.
Ep 11 - Backyard BBQ Toggle seen
The cooks have 60 minutes to present their best beef dish to the judges.
Ep 12 - King of The Crabs Toggle seen
The top 13 must break down Alaskan king crabs; the contestants cook for chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Ep 13 - Someone's Toast Toggle seen
Contestants must create a sweet dish and a savory dish from a surprise ingredient; an elimination.
Ep 14 - Let Them Eat Cake Toggle seen
In under 75 minutes, the contestants must replicate a cake for the judges.
Ep 15 - Small Dessert, Big Problems Toggle seen
Special guest judge Candace Nelson gives the home cooks 75 minutes to create one dozen macarons.
Ep 16 - NASCAR - Finish Line Feed Toggle seen
The top 10 contestants test their speed in a special team challenge at the Irwindale Speedway, where they have 75 minutes to cook for 101 race car crew members.
Ep 17 - Box in a Box in a Box Toggle seen
The contestants face a mystery box challenge with more mystery ingredients than ever before.
Ep 18 - Mind Blowing Food Toggle seen
The cooks are introduced to Grant Achatz, who shows the them the art of unconventional plating.
Ep 19 - Pigging Out Toggle seen
The cooks produce a dish with their own version of homemade sausage in less than an hour.
Ep 20 - One Pan Wonder Toggle seen
TV host Daphne Oz reveals the contents of the week's mystery box challenge to the top eight, leaving the contestants 60 minutes to create an elevated one-pan dish using the cast iron pan.
Ep 21 - Family Reunion Toggle seen
Loved ones of the top seven watch the contestants make their favorite family-inspired dishes.
Ep 22 - London Calling - Pt. 1 Toggle seen
The top six chefs travel to London and must feed 36 diners; two chefs face elimination.
Ep 23 - London Calling - Pt. 2 Toggle seen
The top four chefs travel to the historic Hatfield House, where they must cook a venison dish.
Ep 24 - The Finale - Pt. 1 Toggle seen
Returning from their home towns after a whirlwind trip across the pond, the Top Three home cooks are ready to tackle their final dishes in hopes of crossing the finish line and coming out on top!
Ep 25 - The Finale - Pt. 2 Toggle seen
The finalists must execute a superior three-course meal for the judges. Only one will win the title of MasterChef, an opportunity to learn hands-on in each of the judges’ restaurants and the $250,000 grand prize.
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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The finalists must execute a superior three-course meal for the judges. Only one will win the title of MasterChef, an opportunity to learn hands-on in each of the judges’ restaurants and the $250,000 grand prize.
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Continuing
Network:
FOX
Airs:
00:00:00
Runtime:
45 minutes