One of my favorite shows of the fall will be back for a 2nd season. Fox has ordered another season of MasterChef Junior. The reality cooking competition starred Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot as the judges supervising 24 children between the ages of 8 and 13.
This was one of my favorite new shows of the fall. I enjoyed MasterChef with the adults and gave MasterChef Junior a chance just to see how bad the kid chef gimmick was going to be and I was hugely surprised. These were children cooking with as much skill as any adults I’ve seen. The show was fantastic.
What I liked best about the show was the kids and the judges. The children just enjoyed being there. There was none of the back-stabbing or cattiness that you get when adults go on a reality show. Sure the kids were competitive and wanted to win, but they wanted to win by being the best cook, not by back-stabbing their competition.
The judges, Ramsay, Bastianich, and Elliot also were one of my favorite parts of the show. On the MasterChef adult version, the judges were more than a little harsh as critics. With the kids though, they were critical but it was never mean and always meant to help them improve their skills. When the kids did well, these three very tough and surly businessmen were as happy as anyone seeing the kids be successful.
Judging from the ratings, I was not the only one who enjoyed MasterChef Junior. During its first season, MasterChef Junior averaged 5.1 million viewers and was ranked first in its time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women 18-49/18-34, Men 18-49/18-34 and Teens. Ratings are what drives decisions in TV and ratings like this make it a no-brainer to give MasterChef Junior another season.
No word yet on when the 2nd season of MasterChef Junior will air but if you have a talented home cook in your family who is between the ages of 8 and 13, MasterChef Junior is currently holding open casting calls in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Denver. If you need more information on getting on the show, head to masterchefjuniorcasting.com for the most up-to-date information.