New show is part of multi-year deal with Gordon Ramsay, who will have five series on the network next season
FOX has picked up Junior MasterChef, a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, the network's president of Alternative Entertainment.
As part of Ramsay’s new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of Hell's Kitchen and two more seasons of MasterChef. The deal will extend Hell's Kitchen to a 13th season and bring MasterChef to a fifth and sixth season. The addition of Junior MasterChef brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows airing on FOX to five, including MasterChef, Hell's Kitchen, Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares.
“Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on FOX,” said Darnell. “He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon.”
“We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with Junior MasterChef,” added Ramsay. “Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action.”
Junior MasterChef, which will premiere in the 2013-14 TV season, is based on the hugely successful U.K. format and extends the MasterChef brand in the U.S. to include a younger group of aspiring masterchefs. Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, Junior MasterChef will give budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs.
Similar to MasterChef, Ramsay will be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the Junior MasterChef judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.