MasterChef Junior - Episode Guide

Season 1

Whip It

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 11, 2013

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Season 2

Flip It!

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Nov 11, 2014

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The Finale

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Dec 16, 2014

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Season 3

Raw Talent

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Jan 27, 2015

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The Finale

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Feb 24, 2015

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Season 4

New Kids on the Chopping Block

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Nov 6, 2015

New Kids on the Chopping Block

On the new "Junior Edition" of MASTERCHEF, America's top 24 junior home cooks will enter the kitchen for the first time and jump right into their first mystery box challenge. Each junior home cook is tasked with preparing a signature burger and one side. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and will select the main ingredient that the remaining contestants must use in the season's first elimination round. The junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition in the all-new "Junior Edition: New Kids on the Chopping Block" Season Four premiere episode of MASTERCHEF airing Friday, Nov. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (JRM-401) (TV-PG).

A Sweet Surprise

Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: Nov 13, 2015

A Sweet Surprise

On the next episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, Season Two winner Logan returns to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen and offer some advice to the remaining contestants. The top three contestants from the previous elimination challenge will compete in a cupcake-frosting contest, during which only the winner can keep the judges safe from a sticky situation. Then, in the next challenge, the contestants will be tasked with making a scallop dish in order to move onto the next round in the competition.

One Small Step

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Nov 20, 2015

One Small Step

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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Smelly

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Nov 27, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Smelly

The remaining 18 junior home cooks will face their first team challenge of the season and the first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR team relay race. Each team must create a large serving of seven-layer dip. The team that completes the dip first will be safe from the next elimination challenge, and choose the smelly, wrinkly or spicy ingredients for that challenge. Find out who will smell their way to victory and who will dip lower in the competition.

Happy Birthday

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: Dec 4, 2015

Happy Birthday

The remaining junior home cooks will party their way into the next team challenge when they leave the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen for the first time to cook at a birthday party for kids ages 8-13, as well as special guests, the Ramsay and Elliot children. The team that receives the most votes from the birthday party attendees will be safe from elimination, while the losing team will compete in the next pressure test and create the French dessert croquembouche.

When Life Gives You Lemons

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: Dec 11, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons

The remaining junior home cooks squeeze in a seven-minute team challenge, in which they must make a batch of raspberry mint lemonade for judge Christina Tosi to blind taste test. Tosi will decide which team has the best lemonade and is safe from elimination, while the losing team will compete in the next challenge, during which they must create a rad dish from a decade in which one of the judges was born.

Blind Ambition

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: Dec 18, 2015

Blind Ambition

After a tough elimination challenge, the Top 12 junior home cooks face their next task when the judges test their senses in a blind taste challenge. Each contestant will blindly taste a dish prepared by Gordon Ramsay and then must recreate the dish. The contestant with the dish that best reflects Gordon's dish will receive a significant advantage. In the next team challenge, the junior home cooks will prepare VIP dishes for a dining room of all grandmothers for their first restaurant challenge. Each team will create a unique dish of "new" ingredients and the team with the most votes will be safe from elimination.

Hatching a Plan

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: Jan 8, 2016

Hatching a Plan

In the next team challenge, the junior home cooks will face an egg-cellent challenge and compete in pairs to see who can complete the most deviled eggs in 12 minutes. The team that perfects the most deviled eggs will be safe from the next elimination challenge, in which contestants must create their future cookbook's signature dish.

Tag Team Time

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Jan 8, 2016

Tag Team Time

Christina Tosi brings a special guest into the MASTERCHEF kitchen, her mom, to present the next mystery box challenge, which will feature all of Christina's favorite childhood foods. Then, contestants will compete in a tag team platter challenge using international street food ingredients.

A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Jan 15, 2016

A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party

The remaining six junior home cooks receive a special invitation to Gordon's home for their next team challenge. Each team will prepare a two-course menu for a VIP lunch, including a seared red snapper appetizer and a roasted venison loin entrée. Later in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the judges will reveal which team received the best overall feedback on their dishes and had the most successful lunch service and which contestants will be in jeopardy of elimination. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who will go home and who will continue in the competition and compete in the semi-finals.

Head of the Class

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Jan 22, 2016

Head of the Class

The remaining four junior home cooks compete in the semi-finals and are challenged to make the ultimate dessert - a soufflé! The winner receives a huge advantage in the elimination challenge. Later in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the contestants must prepare a unique dish with a select cut of pork. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who will go home and who will continue in the competition and compete in the finals.

The Finale

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: Jan 29, 2016

The Finale

The two finalists face off as they prepare the most important menus of their lives; the winner is announced

Season 5

Quest for an Apron, Pt. 1

Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: Feb 9, 2017

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Sixteen of the country's finest junior home cooks compete for eight of the Top 20 spots on this season's MASTERCHEF. After being split into four groups, each with a distinct signature dish, the kids get started. Only two contestants from each group will find out if they will succeed in moving on to the next round of challenges.

Quest for an Apron, Pt. 2

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Feb 16, 2017

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The remaining junior chefs compete for the final 12 spots in the Top 20. Making dishes ranging from cupcakes, to steak and lobster, the young chefs are tested to their limits and will find out if they will move on to the next round.

Just Like Gordon

Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: Feb 23, 2017

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Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez steps into the MASTERCHEF kitchen as a guest judge. The Top 20 young chefs will face their first mystery box challenge of the season, during which they will have to put their own spin on the most commonly eaten crop in the world – rice. Later in the kitchen, Chef Gordon Ramsay teaches the kids how to make his signature hand-roasted sea bass, which they must replicate.

Batter Hurry Up

Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2017

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The cooks split into two teams and compete to prepare corn dogs; the contestants must prepare a juicy burger; guest judge Mayim Bialik.

Kitchen Emergency

Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: Mar 9, 2017

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The Top 16 face off in their first team challenge, during which they cook lunch for first responders. Each team will have to create a dish featuring a delicious filet mignon and the guests will vote on which is better – the team with the most votes will win the challenge. Then, it's up to the judges to determine which two cooks from the losing team will head home

A Presidential Mystery Box

Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: Mar 16, 2017

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The Top 14 junior home cooks receive a mystery box challenge inspired by the White House garden from former First Lady Michelle Obama. The young cooks must come up with an original recipe that is both healthy and presidential worthy, and the winner will receive a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For the next challenge, Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") steps into the MASTERCHEF kitchen to watch the kids make a dish in honor of their moms. Then, it's up to the judges to decide which contestant will go home

Pie-Eyed

Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: Mar 23, 2017

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Guest judge Richard Blais enters the kitchen to see what the kids can cook up. In the first challenge, the Top 12 junior home cooks team up into groups of three and have 10 minutes to make as many pies as possible. The winning team will be safe from elimination and will get to give the judges a sweet surprise! For the next challenge, the young chefs must use a blow torch to make either an appetizer, entrée, or dessert using ingredients from the MASTERCHEF pantry. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: Mar 30, 2017

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The kids who got sent home take a shot at reentering the competition; the six cooks participate in two challenges that involve breaking apart a chicken and using the parts to make unique dishes; with guest judge Richard Blais.

Scouts Honor

Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: Apr 6, 2017

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The top 12 cooks are challenged to prepare a dish that includes a pork chop entrée and two sides and serve it to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Winter Wonderland

Episode: 5x10 | Airdate: Apr 13, 2017

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The cooks are split into teams of two and must replicate a gingerbread house; chef Aarón Sánchez joins the kitchen as a guest judge, and the kids cook up a Gordon Ramsay holiday classic.

Tag Team

Episode: 5x11 | Airdate: Apr 20, 2017

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In the first mystery box challenge, the cooks must prepare a dish inspired by their families; the cooks team up in pairs to replicate a sushi platter; chef Edward Lee is a guest judge.

The Muppets Take MasterChef

Episode: 5x12 | Airdate: May 4, 2017

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In this week's episode of MASTERCHEF, the Top Six split up into two teams, and have 75 minutes to create an entrée for VIP guests who range from firefighters to professional softball players, and construction workers to pilots. The guests will then vote on which dish they prefer and the winning team will receive a huge advantage later on in the competition. Next in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the young cooks face an elimination challenge and welcome two surprise guests who will join in the fun – Miss Piggy and Swedish Chef! Then it's up to the judges to decide who will go home.

Pop-Up Restaurant

Episode: 5x13 | Airdate: May 11, 2017

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In this week's episode of MASTERCHEF, the remaining contestants face a high-pressure team challenge, during which they must cook for food critics, chefs and journalists at a pop-up restaurant on the beautiful California coast. The young cooks will have one hour to serve delicious scallop appetizers and another hour to dish out red snapper entrees to the guests. The winning team will go straight to the semifinals, but two young chefs from the losing team will have to leave the kitchen.

The Semi Finals

Episode: 5x14 | Airdate: May 18, 2017

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The top four cooks create a chocolate molten lava cake; contestants create a dish using one of the world's most popular meats.

Finale

Episode: 5x15 | Airdate: May 18, 2017

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Two cooks battle it out for the grand prize; Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart serve as guest-judges.

Season 6

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Episode: 6x01 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2018

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40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles, ready to compete. The junior home cooks are split up into two groups – girls and boys. All 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish, while the boys must prepare the perfect chicken breast dish. Only 12 winners from each group will earn an apron and a chance to move on. The competition is tougher than ever as the judges separate the best junior chef-testants from all the rest.

American Classics

Episode: 6x04 | Airdate: Mar 16, 2018

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The Top 22 split up into teams and must prepare as many perfect-looking milkshakes as they can in just 10 minutes. The winning teams will be safe from elimination and one unlucky judge will get a sweet surprise! Then, the rest of the junior cooks will each have to put their own personal twist on a classic chicken-and-waffles dish. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and goes home.

Recipe for Love

Episode: 6x05 | Airdate: Mar 23, 2018

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The Top 20 face their toughest team challenge yet: preparing lunch service for a wedding of 75 guests. Both sides will be cooking racks of lamb and pan-seared halibut, and it will be up to the judges to decide which team wins and who from the losing team will head home.

No Sugar, Sugar

Episode: 6x06 | Airdate: Mar 30, 2018

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In this week's mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must craft desserts using natural sweeteners in place of sugar. The winner will receive a sweet surprise and have his or her signature recipe featured in Family Circle magazine! Later, in an intense elimination challenge, each young cooks must prepare a dish inspired by his her family's heritage. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.

Donut Sweat It

Episode: 6x07 | Airdate: Apr 6, 2018

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The junior chefs split up into pairs and have to decorate and frost as many specialty donuts as they can in just 10 minutes, all while being tied by the ankle to their partner! Later in the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay's daughter, Matilda, gives the contestants a masterclass on how to make her version of a hamburger and French fries. Then, the junior chefs must do their best to replicate it before the judges determine who will be sent home.

Room Service

Episode: 6x08 | Airdate: Apr 13, 2018

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The junior home cooks split into two teams and take over the kitchen at an upscale hotel in Los Angeles, where they will be in charge of running room service during breakfast for guests at the hotel.

Tag Team

Episode: 6x09 | Airdate: Apr 13, 2018

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The remaining junior chef-testants have 45 minutes to create dishes inspired by their families using farm fresh ingredients.

Under Pressure

Episode: 6x10 | Airdate: Apr 20, 2018

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The Top 12 have just 15 minutes to make as many eggs benedict dishes as they can. Later, they must prepare one of the most difficult egg dishes of all time.

A Can Do Attitude

Episode: 6x11 | Airdate: Apr 20, 2018

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The remaining home cooks create their own unique dishes but must use one common ingredient – chocolate.

Pop Up Restaurant

Episode: 6x12 | Airdate: May 4, 2018

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The junior chefs cook for 30 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR alumni at a pop-up restaurant. The losing team will head back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a pressure test designed by Season Five winner Jasmine Stewart.

Grandma Gordon

Episode: 6x13 | Airdate: May 4, 2018

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The remaining junior home cooks prepare dishes inspired by their grandmothers.

The Finale Pt. 1

Episode: 6x14 | Airdate: May 18, 2018

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After a season's worth of challenges that tested the cooking abilities of young contestants from across the nation, only three junior home cooks remain.

The Finale Pt. 2 – The Winner

Episode: 6x15 | Airdate: May 18, 2018

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The final three contestants carry on cooking their 3-course meal. In the end, only one will be crowned the winner and receive a check for $100,000.

Season 7

New Kids on the Block

Episode: 7x01 | Airdate: Mar 12, 2019

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The Top 24 junior home cooks in America arrive in the MASTERCHEF kitchen and are immediately put to the test to prove they can master any challenge thrown their way. These chef-testants begin to learn the importance of teamwork and speed in the kitchen, while facing two sets of eliminations.

Going Bananas

Episode: 7x02 | Airdate: Mar 12, 2019

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The 22 remaining junior home cooks are divided into teams of four and face a speed and teamwork challenge to make as many perfect banana splits as possible! Not only is an elimination on the line, but the winning team gets to turn a judge into a human banana split.

Under the Big Top

Episode: 7x03 | Airdate: Mar 19, 2019

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In the season's first big team challenge, the top 20 junior home cooks test their leadership and communication skills in a bold carnival-themed competition. As two teams of nine fuel 51 Circus Vargas performers with a delicious lunch, one team prepares seared salmon and the other grills NY strip steak. With at least two contestants on the chopping block, the home cooks must rise to the occasion in a birthday cake pressure challenge to prove their rightful spot.

Off the Hook

Episode: 7x04 | Airdate: Mar 26, 2019

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The pressure is on for the remaining 18 young home cooks, who must debone an entire fish and make a MASTERCHEF worthy dish, or be at risk in a challenge. Not only are there big stakes at hand – the winner will receive a special advantage worthy of the effort – but the cooks also bring heart to the table as they reveal how their cultural heritages influence their cooking styles.

Something to Trifle With

Episode: 7x05 | Airdate: Apr 2, 2019

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The Top 16 home cooks face a sticky situation when they are divided into three teams and tasked with a Gordon masterclass – make as many stunning English trifles as possible in under 20 minutes. Only one team proves they have enough creativity and finesse to bypass the elimination round, the remaining home cooks are challenged to make three identical sliders.

Quacking Under Pressure

Episode: 7x06 | Airdate: Apr 9, 2019

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To make a MASTERCHEF-worthy duck dish, the top 14 junior home cooks must learn to butcher a whole bird, in one of the toughest mystery box challenges yet! Then, with huge stakes at hand, the cooks will work in pairs to make a dozen delectable cupcakes and the winning pair will have their recipe published in the all-new MASTERCHEF JUNIOR COOKBOOK.

Camp MasterChef

Episode: 7x07 | Airdate: Apr 16, 2019

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The Top 14 chef-testants head to the great outdoors for a chicken cookout. Hungry campers at the KIDS CAMP MASTERCHEF will decide which dish reigns supreme, and the winning team's recipe will be featured in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team must face a coconut cream pie pressure test that proves to be not as "sweet" as it may seem

Kidz Bop Kitchen

Episode: 7x08 | Airdate: Apr 23, 2019

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The Top 12 are in for a surprise when the kids from Kidz Bop arrive and put their twist on a mystery box challenge, deciding which ingredients the home cooks must craft into an elevated dish full of personality. Only one will win a huge advantage, forever altering his/or/her MASTERCHEF journey in a "blast from the past" elimination test.

Pasta Race

Episode: 7x09 | Airdate: Apr 30, 2019

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It's a battle to the finish line when the Top 10 are tasked with a pasta race. The home cooks are divided into teams and compete to roll out the longest sheet of pasta as fast as they possibly can. The first team's pasta sheet to make it to the winner's circle will be safe and exempt from a high-stakes elimination test in which éclairs are the dish du jour.

Girl Power

Episode: 7x10 | Airdate: May 7, 2019

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The Top 10 participate in the season's most crucial team challenge when the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR restaurant opens its doors to a special group of VIP female role models. The team that dishes up the most impressive meal will go straight into the Top 8, but it's going to take more than skill to win over this exclusive group of guests. The losing team will face a Gordon Ramsay masterclass in which they will be tasked with replicating a three-Michelin-star-rated dish.

Too Corny

Episode: 7x11 | Airdate: May 14, 2019

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The race to be the next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR shifts into full gear as the Top Eight pair up in the most intense mystery box challenge of the season, in which the chef-testants are challenged to pull off something highly creative and seriously delicious with corn. Only one will win a game-changing advantage that is certain to cause a ruckus in the tapas-themed, tag-team challenge.

The Restaurant Takeover

Episode: 7x12 | Airdate: May 21, 2019

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The Top Six junior home cooks tackle the most daunting challenge in MASTERCHEF JUNIOR history when they take over Michelin Star Los Angeles restaurant Mélisse. To rise to the occasion, the teams face an intense environment, hungry guests with high expectations and the wrath of Gordon Ramsay. Find out which team makes it straight into the semifinal and which team will be sent into eliminations.

The Semi-Final

Episode: 7x13 | Airdate: May 28, 2019

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In the season's last mystery box challenge, the remaining contestants receive a surprise taste from home when they are tasked with creating a dish inspired by family. Whoever wins this challenge will immediately earn a spot in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR finale. Then, in a juicy elimination test, the chef-testant who elevates a secret ingredient with the most finesse and personality will secure his or her spot in the finale.

The Finale, Part 1

Episode: 7x14 | Airdate: Jun 4, 2019

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It's a fight to the finish and only one will take it all home – the trophy, the coveted title of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and the $100,000 grand prize. Watch as the home cooks dish up the best three-course meal of their lives, proving they have what it takes to win.

Specials

The Road to the Finale

Episode: S06 Special | Airdate: May 15, 2018

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Award-winning chef and MASTERCHEF host Gordon looks back at his favorite moments from this season, and charts the extraordinary journey this talented group of junior home cooks has taken.

Celebrity Showdown

Episode: S06 Special | Airdate: Nov 22, 2018

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This Thanksgiving, MasterChef Junior gives fans something to be thankful for, when multi-Michelin star Chef Gordon Ramsay and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez invite celebrities, their kids and some fan-favorite alumni into the MasterChef Junior kitchen, where they'll show off their culinary skills in exciting contests for charity.

In between these epic battles in the MasterChef Junior kitchen, host Gordon Ramsay will chat with lifestyle expert, businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart to swap holiday-themed recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

The two-hour special features three unique battles, putting each celebrity competitor to the test- with more than bragging rights at stake – the winners earn donations to the charities of their choice. Additionally, the contestants will face their challenges with a sous chef by their sides, whether it be one of their own children or former MasterChef Junior contestants.

The Road to the Finale

Episode: S07 Special | Airdate: May 28, 2019

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Award-winning chef and MASTERCHEF host Gordon Ramsay looks back at his favorite moments from this season, and charts the extraordinary journey this talented group of junior home cooks has taken.