The Top 24 junior home cooks in America arrive in the MasterChef kitchen and are immediately put to the test to prove they can master any challenge thrown their way. These chef-testants begin to learn the importance of teamwork and speed in the kitchen, while facing two sets of eliminations.
The 22 remaining junior home cooks are divided into teams of four and face a speed and teamwork challenge to make as many perfect banana splits as possible! Not only is an elimination on the line, but the winning team gets to turn a judge into a human banana split.
In the season's first big team challenge, the top 20 junior home cooks test their leadership and communication skills in a bold carnival-themed competition. As 2 teams of 9 fuel 51 Circus Vargas performers with a delicious lunch, one team prepares seared salmon and the other grills NY strip steak. With at least 2 contestants on the chopping block, the home cooks must rise to the occasion in a birthday cake pressure challenge to prove their rightful spot in the competition.
The pressure is on for the remaining 18 young home cooks, who must debone an entire fish and make a MasterChef worthy dish, or be at risk in a challenge. Not only are there big stakes at hand - the winner will receive a special advantage worthy of the effort - but the cooks also bring heart to the table as they reveal how their cultural heritages influence their cooking styles.
The Top 16 home cooks face a sticky situation when they are divided into 3 teams and tasked with a Gordon masterclass - make as many stunning English trifles as possible in under 20 minutes. Only one team proves they have enough creativity and finesse to bypass the elimination round, the remaining home cooks are challenged to make 3 identical sliders.
To make a MasterChef-worthy duck dish, the top 14 junior home cooks must learn to butcher a whole bird, in one of the toughest mystery box challenges yet! Then, with huge stakes at hand, the cooks will work in pairs to make a dozen delectable cupcakes and the winning pair will have their recipe published in the all-new MasterChef Junior Cookbook. Find out who will succeed.
The Top 14 chef-testants head to the great outdoors for a chicken cookout. Hungry campers at the Kids Camp MasterChef will decide which dish reigns supreme, and the winning team's recipe will be featured in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team must face a coconut cream pie pressure test that proves to be not as "sweet" as it may seem. Find out whose MasterChef dreams will go up in flames.
The Top 12 are in for a surprise when the kids from Kidz Bop arrive and put their twist on a mystery box challenge, deciding which ingredients the home cooks must craft into an elevated dish full of personality. Only one will win a huge advantage, forever altering his or her MasterChef journey in a "blast from the past" elimination test. Find out who makes it into the Top 10.
It's a battle to the finish line when the Top 10 are tasked with a pasta race. The home cooks are divided into teams and compete to roll out the longest sheet of pasta as fast as they possibly can. The first team's pasta sheet to make it to the winner's circle will be safe and exempt from a high-stakes elimination test in which éclairs are the dish du jour. No detail will go unnoticed.
The Top 10 participate in the season's most crucial team challenge when the MasterChef Junior restaurant opens its doors to a special group of VIP female role models. The team that dishes up the most impressive meal goes straight into the Top 8, but it's going to take more than skill to win over this exclusive group of guests. The losing team faces a Gordon Ramsay masterclass in which they are tasked with replicating a 3-Michelin-star-rated dish.
The Top 8 pair up in the most intense mystery box challenge of the season, in which the chef-testants are challenged to pull off something highly creative and seriously delicious with corn. Only one will win a game-changing advantage that is certain to cause a ruckus in the tapas-themed, tag-team challenge. The best junior home cooks in America are put to the test.
The Top 6 junior home cooks tackle the most daunting challenge in MasterChef Junior history when they take over Michelin Star Los Angeles restaurant Mélisse. To rise to the occasion, the teams face an intense environment, hungry guests with high expectations, and the wrath of Gordon Ramsay. Find out which team makes it straight into the semifinal and which team will be sent into eliminations.
In the season's last mystery box challenge, the remaining contestants receive a surprise taste from home when they are tasked with creating a dish inspired by family. Whoever wins this challenge will immediately earn a spot in the MasterChef Junior finale. Then, in a juicy elimination test, the chef-testant who elevates a secret ingredient with the most finesse and personality will secure his or her spot in the finale. See how far the junior home cooks have come.
The three most talented junior home cooks in America battle it out in the culinary showdown of the year - under the watchful eyes of their families and fellow contestants.
Tonight, the final 3 must prepare restaurant quality three-course meals for the judges. In the end, the young home cook with the best overall menu claims the coveted MasterChef Junior title!.