'MasterChef Junior' Renewed for Second Season by FOX

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December 19th, 2013


via press release:



FOX Orders Season Two of Hit Cooking Competition Series for Kids


Season Two Open Casting Calls Begin in New York City and Chicago on January 18 

FOX has renewed hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR for a second season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is one of the few shows on television that the entire family can truly enjoy together, and  I can’t wait to see what Gordon, Joe, Graham and the next round of rambunctious, ridiculously talented junior chefs cook up in Season Two,” said Reilly.


MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary ability and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host and award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel.


During its first season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged 5.1 million total viewers and ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women 18-49/18-34, Men 18-49/18-34 and Teens. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR improved FOX’s performance in the time period versus last year by +58% among Adults 18-49. In addition, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged a +50% lift from its Live + Same Day to its Live +7 Adults 18-49 rating – the largest percentage gain of any unscripted series on the Big 4 networks.


Open casting calls for Season Two of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR will be held in the following cities:


Cities Dates/Time Address
New York City, NY Saturday, Jan. 18 /10:00 AM-6:00 PM Location TBD 
Chicago, IL Saturday, Jan. 18 /10:00 AM-6:00 PM Hyatt Chicago633 N. St. Clair Street

Chicago, IL 60611


Los Angeles, CA Saturday, Jan. 25 /10:00 AM-6:00 PM The Radisson LAX6225 W. Century Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90045


Dallas, TX Saturday, Jan. 25 /10:00 AM-6:00 PM Hyatt Regency300 Reunion Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75207


Visit masterchefjuniorcasting.com for the most up-to-date audition information. Details, including venues and times, to be announced.

  • omabin

    I think FOX could win Fridays with Bones/Masterchef Jr.

  • Mike

    I would love if the next post is X-Factor Canceled…

  • Charmed

    @Mike I doubt they’d cancel it the day of the finale

  • Boiler

    All those stats still don’t make me want to watch this. Is it a summer show??

  • CrimTV


    It might take a while for Fox to cancel X Factor if they do, because of negotiations etc.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Omabin

    100% agreed !

  • Jagger Dagger

    Nice little show. I wasn’t expecting these kids to have such serious cooking chops. Some of the dishes these kids did could have been beaten a lot of the dishes from the regular Master Chef contestants.

  • Bob

    I loved the show. The ONLY problem was that pretty much you knew who the winner was going to be the first night…..if not then definitely by the second night. That is my only criticism of the show.

  • Why Watch

    Why? Moronic show.

  • robert

    @ Why Watch


    Because it was number 1 in its timeslot, I would guess. This is after all a tv ratings website. Why would you be commenting here (or even reading ratings/renewals news) if you didn’t have a grasp of the way tv works.

  • Scott

    Great decision by FOX.

    —Also hoping for X Factor cancellation but 98% chance of a Season 4.

  • Migzy

    Cool! One thing I think they should add is have a competition between the masterchef junior and masterchef adult champs just for fun. As like already mentioned before those kids had a lot of talent and knowledge for being so young and were in many cases arguably equal or better than the adult cooks.

  • Jagger Dagger

    How about taking the top 2 or 3 from Master Chef Jr. and letting them compete on the regular Master Chef show. It would be fun to see how far they would go against the adults.

  • Networkman

    Good. FOX may need this show on the Fall Schedule once again, especially if X-Factor is cancel.

  • Z


    I agree. Big Al had it in the bag from day one, especially since he bore a striking resemblance to the late great Julia Child

  • Z

    @Why Watch

    ..because it was a show where there was no bed hopping or meaningless sex.

  • Kate

    @Migzy It would have to be a blind-tasting sort of thing though because there would definitely be bias.

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