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Fox renews Gordon Ramsay's 'MasterChef' for a second season

By Reality TV World staff, 09/08/2010 

MasterChef's first American champion won't be its last.

Fox has announced that it has renewed MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay's newest American reality culinary competition, for a second season.

"Gordon Ramsay is an incredible talent and the biggest culinary star on television today, so we're very happy to have Gordon and MasterChef back for another season on Fox," Fox reality chief Mike Darnell said. "MasterChef has resonated with viewers this summer, and we look forward to seeing where Gordon takes the show in Season Two."

"It's amazing and refreshing to see how much passion and raw talent there is from amateur home cooks across America," Ramsay added. "It's extraordinary the amount of energy and excitement the show brought in Season One, and I'm thrilled to be back at Fox for a second season."

Based on a long-running U.K. series of the same name, MasterChef features a group of amateur home chefs competing to be crowned America's MasterChef and win $250,000 and a cookbook publishing deal.  Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and four-star chef Graham Elliot serve as the competition's three judges.

MasterChef debuted on Fox in late July and it currently ranks as the No. 1 new program of the summer among the Adults 18-49 demographic.  Six contestants remain in the running to win MasterChef's first season, which will end with a finale broadcast on September 15.

The show is produced by Ramsay's One Potato Two Potato production company, Reveille and Shine TV, and was ordered by Fox in November.

"The amazing reception for MasterChef on FOX has been hugely rewarding for all of us at Shine Group.  As the creators of this unique global franchise, we’re thrilled to see the U.S. audience love this show as much as we do," MasterChef executive producer and Shine Group CEO Elisabeth Murdoch said. 

"We are looking forward to building on this early success with an even broader, bigger search in Season Two, and to seeing the brand grow as it continues to do so in Australia, the U.K., France and around the world, breaking viewing and ancillary records as it goes."

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