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The Best Seasons of 'MasterChef' (U.S.)

Updated September 27, 2019 6.1k votes 2.0k voters 93.1k views10 items

This list of the best seasons of MasterChef is listed from best to worst with pictures of DVD covers when available. One of the best cooking competition shows, MasterChef features one of the most entertaining celebrity chefs, Gordon Ramsay. Hardcore fans of the series often argue over what the greatest season of MasterChef is, which is exactly why this ranked list was created. Maybe your favorite season starred Whitney MasterChef season 1, or maybe you're wondering who is involved in the MasterChef USA cast. The MasterChef season 2 cast was great, but do they measure up to the MasterChef season 4 all episodes? 

MasterChef is arguably one of the best cooking shows on television today and MasterChef winners display some serious culinary expertise. Featuring esteemed chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich, and Christina Tosi, this show asks amateur home cooks to make restaurant-quality dishes in a series of high-stakes challenges. The grand prize winner receives $250k, their own cookbook, and a MasterChef trophy.

Each season of MasterChef has at least one memorable episode, so it isn't necessarily easy to figure out what the top season is. If you want to answer the questions, "What is the best season of MasterChef?" and "Which season of MasterChef is the best?" then this list will have you covered. Vote up the best seasons of MasterChef below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

 

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    MasterChef - Season 8

    MasterChef - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'MasterChef' (U.S.)
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    The eighth season of MasterChef premiered on May 31, 2017, and contains 21 episodes. This season includes 20 contestants competing for the title.

    This season features several unique mystery box challenges including: common grocery items, shellfish, and breakfast with Nutella. 

    Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

    • The chefs cook a fish lunch for 100 lifeguards.
    • The chefs fly out to Vegas to cook for VIP guests.
    • The chefs must make a homemade pasta dish.
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  • MasterChef - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'MasterChef' (U.S.)
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    The fourth season of MasterChef premiered on May 22, 2013, and contains 25 episodes. This season includes 19 chefs competing for the title.

    This season features several unique mystery box challenges including: ethnic foods, pig heads, and sausage.

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Luca Manfè being named the winner.
    • The chefs cook for elementary school students.
    • The chefs cook for the cast of Glee.
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  • MasterChef - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'MasterChef' (U.S.)
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    The third season of MasterChef premiered on June 4, 2012, and contains 20 episodes. This season includes 18 contestants competing for the title of.

    This season features several unique mystery box challenges including: duck breast, offal, and rabbit.

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Christine Hà being named the winner.
    • The chefs cooking for 201 marines.
    • The chefs operate food trucks.
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    MasterChef - Season 9

    MasterChef - Season 9 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'MasterChef' (U.S.)
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    The ninth season of MasterChef premiered on May 30, 2018, and contains 23 episodes. This season includes 24 contestants competing for the title.

    This season features several unique mystery box challenges including: ingredients native to their home states, Cajun seafood, and deep-fried.

    Memorable moments from Season 9 include:

    • The chefs visited Anheuser-Busch brewery to cook for 101 employees.
    • The chefs cater for Season 7 champion Shaun O'Neale's wedding.
    • The chefs must cook a dish inspired by their loved ones.
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