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Fox renews 'MasterChef Junior,' adds Christina Tosi to judging panel

The kids aren’t done cooking quite yet. Fox has just announced that it’s ordered a fourth season of MasterChef Junior.

In addition to the new season, the show will also add a new face: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City’s Milk Bar, will join Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliott on both the MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judging panels.

MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior,” Tosi said in a press release. “I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity and excited to pay forward all that I owe to learning what you’re made of in the home kitchen, and putting your neck on the line to show what you’ve got to the rest of the world!”

Production on MasterChef Junior‘s fourth season will begin this spring, with Tosi first appearing on season six of MasterChef, which will air this summer.

MasterChef Junior airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

'MasterChef' judge Joe Bastianich to exit

MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Joe Bastianich is moving on.

EW has confirmed that Bastianich is exiting the franchise after MasterChef Junior‘s third season. Producers are still searching for someone to replace him alongside returning judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot.

“Joe has played an integral role in the success of both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and we all appreciate his incredible culinary insight, sense of humor and passion,” Fox said in a joint statement with producers Shine America and One Potato Two Potato. “He will always remain a member of the Masterchef family.”

Meet the new kid chefs on 'MasterChef Junior' season 2

The witch in Hansel and Gretel was right: Children really are the best secret ingredient. Kidding—but they are what made the first season of MasterChef Junior such a Friday night delight, and now the kids are back (a whole new group of kids, that is) with judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot overseeing the proceedings.

Now on a new night (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.), the Fox cooking competition will introduce 16 junior chefs from across the country—and EW has your first look at the one eight-year-old, two nine-year-olds, four 10-year-olds, two 11-year-olds and seven 12-year-olds (you got all that?) vying for the $100,000 grand prize.

“When we were casting, there were kids who were coming to try out who hadn’t ever picked up a frying pan or a knife until season one,” producer Robin Ashbrook tells EW. “I’m very pleased that this time around because we were able to go to more cities casting the show, and we’re learning recipes from all over the country. Season two is so much bigger. It’s bigger in the sense that we have a really diverse and representative cast of America. It’s bigger in the sense that the talent is still definitely there. But there are still challenges where we expect kids to be able to filet a salmon after a Gordon demo. If we’re doing our job properly, it’ll make you laugh, cry, smile, and above all, make you want to cook.”


Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Friday's perfect night of TV


In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Friday night game plan:

8 p.m.
Watch: The Amazing Race (CBS): Season 25 starts tonight in Times Square before contestants take off to locales like St. Thomas, Malta, and the Shetland Islands.

DVR: MasterChef Junior (ABC): A new group of 8- to 13-year-old chefs will try to impress the finicky Gordon Ramsay when season two premieres Nov. 7.

9 p.m.
Watch: Shark Tank (ABC): Warning: The entrepreneurs are getting more vicious during season six, kicking off tonight. As Daymond John told EW, “We’re really nasty to each other now.”

DVR: Grimm (NBC): When season 4 premieres Oct. 24, Nick and Hank will be haunted by four terrifying new Wesen.

10 p.m.
Watch: Constantine (NBC): The new series follows the story of John Constantine, the antihero of the Hellblazer comic books, described as an “irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective.”

DVR: Go out. It’s Friday.

'MasterChef Junior' exclusive: Champion Alexander Weiss on his return to the kitchen

After winning the first season of MasterChef Junior, Alexander Weiss has taken his culinary skills around the world—he’s done everything from cook for the British consulate to appear on the Fox reality competition’s Indonesian adaptation. Now the native New Yorker finds himself on more familiar ground as he returns to the MasterChef kitchen on Monday’s episode, alongside season 4 winner Luca Manfé. Watch an exclusive clip of the top 16 contestants meeting their guest judges for the first time: READ FULL STORY

'MasterChef Junior' renewed for season 3

Fox has ordered an eight-episode third season of MasterChef Junior, hosted by exec producer and chef Gordan Ramsay.

The reality show, where kids between the ages of 8 and 13 compete by showcasing their culinary skills in a series of challenges, was renewed for a second season in December.

Production on season 2 and 3 will begin this spring.

'MasterChef Junior' renewed for second season

If you’ve been hoping for second helpings of Fox’s MasterChef Junior, then you’re in luck. The network has just announced it will renew the hit spinoff series for a second season.

Like MasterChef, the series gives contestants a chance to showcase their passion for food and their talent in the kitchen through a series of cook-off challenges. The twist here is that MasterChef Junior contestants range in age from 8 to 13.


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