The 40 junior home cooks are split up into two groups - girls and boys. All 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish. Only 12 winners will earn an apron and a chance to move on.
The 40 junior home cooks are split up into two groups - girls and boys. All 20 boys must prepare the perfect chicken breast dish. Only 12 winners will earn an apron and a chance to move on.
The Top 24 face their first mystery box challenge of the season, during which they must cook dishes using ingredients that start with each letter of the alphabet. The winner receives a huge advantage in the elimination challenge. Later in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the contestants must prove their technical shugs as they are tasked with crafting a French classic - fruit tart. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
The Top 22 split up into teams and prepare as many perfect-looking milkshakes as they can in just 10 minutes. The winning teams is safe from elimination and one unlucky judge gets a sweet surprise! Then, the rest of the junior cooks each have to put their own personal twist on a classic chicken-and-waffles dish. The judges then decide who stays and who goes home.
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.
In the mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must craft desserts using natural sweeteners in place of sugar. The winner receives a sweet surprise and has his or her signature recipe featured in Family Circle magazine! In an intense elimination challenge, each young cook must prepare a dish inspired by their family's heritage. It is then up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
The junior chefs split up into pairs and have to decorate and frost as many specialty donuts as they can in just 10 minutes, all while being tied by the ankle to their partner! Later in the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay's daughter, Matilda, gives the contestants a masterclass on how to make her version of a hamburger and French fries. Then, the junior chefs do their best to replicate it before the judges determine who will be sent home.
The junior cooks split into teams and take over the kitchen at an upscale hotel; they must run room service during breakfast for the hotel guests.
The chefs have 45 minutes to create dishes inspired by their families using farm fresh ingredients.
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.
The remaining home cooks create their own unique dishes but must use one common ingredient - chocolate. The winner will receive the first-ever MasterChef golden apron and the biggest advantage in series history.
The junior chefs cook for 30 MasterChef Junior alumni at a pop-up restaurant. The losing team will head back to the MasterChef kitchen for a pressure test designed by Season 5 winner Jasmine Stewart.
The remaining junior home cooks prepare dishes inspired by their grandmothers.
After a season's worth of challenges that tested the cooking abilities of young contestants from across the nation, only three junior home cooks remain. The finalists face one last battle, during which they must prepare a three-course meal that will impress the judges.
The finalists face one last battle, during which they must prepare a three-course meal that will impress the judges. Then, the winner is announced.