Fox orders 'Masterchef' spinoff, more 'Hell's Kitchen'

Gordon Ramsay’s fiefdom is about to get even bigger. Fox ordered 13 episode of Junior Masterchef, a new cooking competition series for youths between the ages of eight and 13.

The spinoff is part of a new multi-year deal between Fox and Ramsay that includes an order for a 13th season of Hell’s Kitchen and a fifth and sixth year of Masterchef. With Junior Masterchef on the roster, Ramsay now has five shows on Fox, including Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares.

“Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on FOX,” said Fox’s head of reality Mike Darnell. “He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon.”

“We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with Junior Masterchef,” added Ramsay in a statement.  “Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action.”

Junior Masterchef is based on a successful U.K. format. Ramsay will be joined on the show by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the judging panel.


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