MasterChef Junior

10 Worst Episodes of MasterChef Junior

American version of the culinary competition series that gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Celebrated food experts coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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MasterChef Junior - S4E3

#10 - One Small Step (Season 4 - Episode 3)

The Top 20 junior home cooks face an out-of-this-world Mystery Box challenge with special guest astronaut Tracy Dyson, during which they must prepare a unique dish that highlights a stellar ingredient. The one who rockets to the top has a significant advantage in the elimination challenge, when the contestants is tasked with creating a stunning and delicious fish dish in order to move onto the next round.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 127 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S3E4

#9 - Raw Talent (Season 3 - Episode 4)


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.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 85 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S6E9

#8 - Tag Team (Season 6 - Episode 9)

The remaining junior chef-testants have 45 minutes to create dishes inspired by their families using farm fresh ingredients.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 120 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S3E1

#7 - The Class of 2015 (Season 3 - Episode 1)


Season 3 begins with the introduction of 19 new cooks, who tackle their first mystery box challenge by making a dish with only the ingredients they are given. The winner gets to pick the pasta the other contestants prepare for the judges.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 98 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S6E10

#6 - Under Pressure (Season 6 - Episode 10)

The Top 12 have just 15 minutes to make as many eggs benedict dishes as they can. Later, they must prepare one of the most difficult egg dishes of all time.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 122 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S8E7

#5 - Motocross Mayhem (Season 8 - Episode 7)


The Top 10 chefs start their engines for the ultimate race of the season, as they head over to a secret destination for their challenge. The strongest communicators are picked as team captains, as they compete to create the best American-style comfort dish for a team of very hungry motorsport racers. Find out who will take home the checkered flag.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 41 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S8E15

#4 - The Road To The Finale (Season 8 - Episode 15)

On the road to the finals, Gordon Ramsay recaps the biggest moments of Season 8; bloopers, clips and outtakes of the season.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 30 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S8E6

#3 - Where's Walnuts? (Season 8 - Episode 6)


After facing a nutty Mystery Box challenge, 11 junior chefs compete in a fiery elimination challenge. They also welcome back Season 7 winner Che Spiotta.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 39 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S8E11

#2 - The Restaurant Takeover (Season 8 - Episode 11)

The top six junior chefs put their professional skills to the test during a restaurant takeover at the luxury hotel NoMad in downtown Los Angeles. Executive Chef Rudy Lopez lends his kitchen to the chefs after teaching them how to prepare some of the restaurant's signature dishes. The junior chefs must work together under the pressure and intensity of the kitchen to deliver the usual quality of the restaurant to a packed dining room of guests who have no idea the chefs are kids. The judges decide whose performance lands them in the top five.

The episode was rated 7.24 from 42 votes.

MasterChef Junior - S8E5

#1 - Daphne's Baby Shower (Season 8 - Episode 5)


To celebrate the approaching birth of her baby, judge Daphne Oz challenges the remaining 12 young chefs to divide into 2 teams and create the ultimate savory and sweet balanced meal. The teams must satisfy the cravings of a restaurant full of mothers-to-be or face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.11 from 47 votes.

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