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The Best Episodes of 'MasterChef Junior'

August 28, 2020 786 votes 26 voters81 items

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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.

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    New Kids on the Block

    March 12, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number1

    Twenty-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.
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    Going Bananas

    March 12, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number2

    Twenty-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.
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    Restaurant Takeovers

    October 25, 2013

    Season1

    Episode Number5

    The 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.
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    The Finale Season 3 

    February 24, 2015

    Season3

    Episode Number8

    In 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.
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    Something to Trifle With

    April 2, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number5

    The 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.
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    Quacking Under Pressure

    April 9, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number6

    The 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.
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    Finale, Part 2 Season 1

    November 8, 2013

    Season1

    Episode Number7

    The two remaining cooks prepare three-course menus; the winner is chosen.
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    A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party

    January 15, 2016

    Season4

    Episode Number10

    The 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.
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    Under the Big Top

    March 12, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number3

    The 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.
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    Camp MasterChef

    April 16, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number7

    The 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.
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    The Finale Season 2

    December 16, 2014

    Season2

    Episode Number7

    The 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.
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    Here Come the Kids

    September 27, 2013

    Season1

    Episode Number1

    Twenty-four cooks between the ages of eight and 13 prepare dishes for the judges.
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    Family Style

    February 3, 2015

    Season3

    Episode Number5

    In 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.
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    School's Out...But the MasterChef Kitchen Is Open!

    October 4, 2013

    Season1

    Episode Number2

    The cooks participate in a mystery box challenge; the contestants have an hour to create a restaurant-quality burger.
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    Just Like Gordon

    February 23, 2017

    Season5

    Episode Number3

    The 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.
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    The Next Generation

    November 4, 2014

    Season2

    Episode Number1

    Sixteen 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.
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    The Semi-Final

    May 28, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number13

    The 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.
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    Mom Knows Best

    November 18, 2014

    Season2

    Episode Number3

    A 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.
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    Crackin' Under Pressure

    April 20, 2018

    Season6

    Episode Number10

    The 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.
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    Raw Talent

    January 27, 2015

    Season3

    Episode Number4

    A 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.
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    Recipe For Love

    March 23, 2018

    Season6

    Episode Number5

    The 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.
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    Too Corny

    May 14, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number11

    The 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.
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    Winter Wonderland

    April 13, 2017

    Season5

    Episode Number10

    In 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.
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    Pasta Race

    April 30, 2019

    Season7

    Episode Number9

    The 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.
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    Flip It!

    November 11, 2014

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    A pancake-flipping contest precedes a challenge to create the best citrus cream pie.