There are so many fun episodes of Masterchef Junior, and seeing kids compete and excel in cooking is inspiring each episode, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Under The Big Top" the best, or is "New Kids On The Block" your favorite episode of Masterchef Junior? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Masterchef Junior are, let's rank every Masterchef Junior episode from best to worst.
Masterchef Junior is a spin-off of the American reality cooking competition series Masterchef, for kids between the ages of eight and thirteen. Masterchef Junior premiered on Fox on September 27, 2013. Like the grown-up version of the series, Masterchef Junior is based on the British series of the same name. Host Gordon Ramsay shows a different side of himself when judging the children’s food than what is seen on his other shows, like Kitchen Nightmares.
Vote up your favorite episodes of Masterchef Junior, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be tough to put one Masterchef Junior episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
New Kids on the BlockMarch 12, 2019
Episode Number: 1Twenty-four junior home cooks from across the United States visit the MasterChef kitchen and immediately face difficult lunch and breakfast challenges that include mystery box challenges.
Going BananasMarch 12, 2019
Episode Number: 2Twenty-four junior home cooks from across the United States visit the MasterChef kitchen and immediately face difficult lunch and breakfast challenges that include mystery box challenges and creating as many perfect banana splits as they can.
Restaurant TakeoversOctober 25, 2013
Episode Number: 5The kids split into two teams and take over a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles where feedback from the diners and the head chef will decide the winning team.
The Finale Season 3February 24, 2015
Episode Number: 8In the exciting season finale, the two finalists competes head-to-head and prepare the most important menu of their young lives. Find out which talented junior home cook earns the MasterChef trophy and a $100,000 prize.
Something to Trifle WithApril 2, 2019
Episode Number: 5The Top 16 junior home cooks are split into three teams before they are given only 20 minutes to create as many delicious English trifles as possible; the team that fails to impress the judges are challenged to recreate three identical sliders.
Quacking Under PressureApril 9, 2019
Episode Number: 6The top 14 junior home cooks face a difficult mystery box challenge where they must learn to butcher an entire duck and make a dish from it; The cooks are paired up and challenged to create a dozen of the tastiest cupcakes they can make.
Finale, Part 2 Season 1November 8, 2013
Episode Number: 7The two remaining cooks prepare three-course menus; the winner is chosen.
A Gordon Ramsay Dinner PartyJanuary 15, 2016
Episode Number: 10The remaining 6 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.
Under the Big TopMarch 12, 2019
Episode Number: 3The 20 junior home cooks face a carnival-themed challenge that will test their leadership and communication abilities as they prepare meals for Circus Vargas performers.
Camp MasterChefApril 16, 2019
Episode Number: 7The Top 14 young home cooks visit the great outdoors to feed hungry campers with delicious recipes that may be featured in a magazine; the losing team faces a pressure test to make a coconut cream pie with a special twist.
The Finale Season 2December 16, 2014
Episode Number: 7The top 2 junior chefs prepare a three-course menu in their last challenge; the winner is crowned, receiving a trophy and a $100,000 prize.
Here Come the KidsSeptember 27, 2013
Episode Number: 1Twenty-four cooks between the ages of eight and 13 prepare dishes for the judges.
Family StyleFebruary 3, 2015
Episode Number: 5In the next mystery box challenge, the eight remaining junior home cooks create unique banana dishes. The junior home cook who most impresses the judges wins a significant advantage in the next elimination challenge. Later, special guest and Gordon Ramsay's daughter, Matilda Ramsay, introduces the home cooks to their next elimination challenge dish, a Ramsay family favorite, Salmon en Croute.
School's Out...But the MasterChef Kitchen Is Open!October 4, 2013
Episode Number: 2The cooks participate in a mystery box challenge; the contestants have an hour to create a restaurant-quality burger.
Just Like GordonFebruary 23, 2017
Episode Number: 3The Top 20 face the season's first mystery box challenge, during which they must cook dishes using both sweet and savory ingredients. Later, the contestants must replicate Chef Ramsay's signature hand-roasted sea bass. Then, it's up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home. Chef Aarón Sanchez is the guest judge.
The Next GenerationNovember 4, 2014
Episode Number: 1Sixteen young home cooks arrive and find themselves preparing dishes using Alexander Weiss's favorite ingredients, including pork chops, pork tenderloin and green apples. The winner chooses which protein is used in the elimination round before 12 contestants are chosen to advance in the competition.
The Semi-FinalMay 28, 2019
Episode Number: 13The junior home cooks face their final mystery box challenge, which tests their ability to create a dish that draws inspiration from their loved ones; those who risk elimination elevate a secret ingredient to its highest flavorful peaks to remain.
Mom Knows BestNovember 18, 2014
Episode Number: 3A three-legged challenge is held to make a dozen cupcakes. Later, Gordon's mom visits the kitchen as a guest judge when the remaining contestants prepare one of the host's favorite dishes from his childhood.
Crackin' Under PressureApril 20, 2018
Episode Number: 10The Top 12 have just 15 minutes to make as many eggs benedict dishes as they can. Then, they must prepare one of the most difficult egg dishes of all time.
Raw TalentJanuary 27, 2015
Episode Number: 4A pantry hunt pits the winners from the previous challenge against one another to match the most ingredients in the time allotted. Later, the 10 remaining contestants team up in pairs to complete an elaborate sushi dish.
Recipe For LoveMarch 23, 2018
Episode Number: 5The Top 20 face their toughest team challenge yet: preparing lunch service for a wedding of 75 guests. Both sides cook racks of lamb and pan-seared halibut, and it is up to the judges to decide which team wins and who from the losing team will head home.
Too CornyMay 14, 2019
Episode Number: 11The Top Eight are put into pairs and must overcome a mystery box challenge that tests their creativity as they must use corn to create a delectable dish, after which they get ready for a tag-team challenge with they will make tapas.
Winter WonderlandApril 13, 2017
Episode Number: 10In the first challenge, the young chefs are split into teams of two and must replicate a gingerbread house. Then, in the next challenge, Aarón Sánchez joins the kitchen as a guest judge, and the kids must cook up a Gordon Ramsay holiday classic. Finally, it's up to the judges to decide which two kids will go home.
Pasta RaceApril 30, 2019
Episode Number: 9The Top 10 junior home cooks are put into teams and compete against one another to roll out the longest pasta sheet that they can make as quickly as they can; The losing team faces an elimination challenge that tests their ability to make Éclairs.
Flip It!November 11, 2014
Episode Number: 2A pancake-flipping contest precedes a challenge to create the best citrus cream pie.