'MasterChef Junior' renewed for third season by Fox
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/10/2014
Fox apparently has a lot of confidence in MasterChef Junior, a MasterChef-spinoff reality series which features contestants ages 8-13.
Fox has announced it's renewed MasterChef Junior for a third season although the reality culinary competition's second season has yet to even begin filming. Production on Season 2 will start this spring.
"MasterChef Junior has proven itself to be the little show with a big bite -- so big, we've picked it up for a third season," Fox reality chief Simon Andreae said in a statement.
"It's incredible to see how unbelievably creative and skilled kids can be in the kitchen -- some before they've even learned how to spell what they're cooking! We can't wait to meet the talent that our judges discover in the next two cycles."
MasterChef Junior features talented kids showcasing their culinary ability and passion for food through a series of challenges. Chef Gordon Ramsay serves as the show's executive producer, host and judge. Also on the judging panel are restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich as well as acclaimed chef Graham Elliot.
MasterChef Junior's first-season finale aired in November 2013.
Alexander Weiss, a 13-year-old from New York, NY, was crowned the winner of MasterChef Junior's first season and therefore received the $100,000 grand prize in addition to the title of America's first-ever "MasterChef Junior."
During its first run on Fox, MasterChef Junior averaged 5.1 million total viewers.
MasterChef Junior is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato with Ramsay, Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn, and Ben Adler serving as executive producers.