The kids are back and taking over the kitchen. Season Three of the hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returns Tuesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcome 19 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of 8 and 13 – including two 8-year-olds; four 9-year-olds; three 10-year-olds; five 11-year-olds and five 12-year-olds – to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

Also in the premiere episode, America’s Top 19 junior home cooks are introduced to their first mystery box challenge, in which they must make a complete restaurant-quality dish using only the ingredients in the mystery box. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage in the next round and select which of the judges’ favorite pastas the remaining contestants will prepare in the elimination round. Later, the 14 junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition.

This season, the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR finalists will compete in a wide range of delicious challenges and cook-offs, including a messy meringue pie challenge, a mystery box challenge featuring food that gets better with age, a sushi tag-team race and the fan-favorite restaurant takeover.

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 19 and find out their signature dishes:


AJ                                 Age: 10          

Hometown: Freeport, NY

Signature Dish: Grilled Chicken Wrap

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Angel hair spaghetti and meat balls!”



ALEXIS                             Age: 8          

Hometown: Gilroy, CA 

Signature Dish: Barbecued Breaded Chicken

Favorite Dish to Eat: I love clams and lobster with garlic and butter sauce. And lots of lemon.”



ANDREW                           Age: 11          

Hometown: West Deptford, NJ

Signature Dish: Chicken Milanese with Creamed Spinach and Cucumber Peels

Favorite Dish to Eat: "I enjoy all types of food, but my favorite is homemade pasta and meatballs."



AYLA                                Age: 11          

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Signature Dish: Pumpkin and Corn Soup

Favorite Dish to Eat: "St. Louis-style barbecue ribs!"



CORY                                Age: 9          

Hometown: Englewood, NJ

Signature Dish: Blackened Mahi Mahi with Lemon Garnish

Favorite Dish to Eat: “I love sushi!”



JACK                                 Age: 12         

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Signature Dish: Sweet and Sour Chilean Sea Bass with Asian Noodles, Shitake Mushrooms and Bok Choy   

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Sushi!”



JENNA                              Age: 12         

Hometown: New York, NY

Signature Dish: Sesame-Crusted Flash-Fried Tuna with Avocado on a Bed of Arugula

Favorite Dish to Eat: "Definitely steamed mussels in a white wine garlic sauce. I always eat it on my birthday."



JIANNA                             Age: 9           

Hometown: Providence Village, TX  

Signature Dish: Micro Baked Apple Crumble and a Spinach Strawberry Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Favorite Dish to Eat: “A big, fat, juicy steak with a loaded baked potato.”


JIMMY                               Age: 12          

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA   

Signature Dish: Almond Ricotta Pancakes with Almond Whip Cream

Favorite Dish to Eat: "Even though I love to cook and experiment with really high-end, fancy foods, my absolute favorite food to eat is just plain old s'mores. I could eat those all day and night!"



KAYLA                              Age: 11          

Hometown: Long Island, NY    

Signature Dish: Lemon Chicken with Sautéed Asparagus

Favorite Dish to Eat: "A nice, medium rare steak with French Aligot. And of course I have to include the vegetables - steamed haricot verts with garlic, shallots and olive oil." 



KYLER                              Age: 10           

Hometown: Coto De Caza, CA    

Signature Dish: Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Stir-Fried Riced

Favorite Dish to Eat: “My Grampy's Shepherd's Pie!” 



MIA                                 Age: 10           

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA     

Signature Dish: Scallops and Slivered Brussel Sprouts with a Balsamic Glaze

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Beef Wellington. I made it for the first time a few months ago!



MICAH                               Age: 9           

Hometown: Detroit, MI    

Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Salmon with Honey- and Orange-Glazed Carrots

Favorite Dish to Eat: Macaroni and cheese with broccoli and cauliflower and mashed potatoes with gravy.”        



NATHAN                            Age: 12           

Hometown: San Diego, CA    

Signature Dish: Tokyo-Style Ramen

Favorite Dish to Eat: “My favorite dish is by far my Nonie's pasta sauce and pasta that she makes on special occasions."



PARKER                            Age: 11         

Hometown: New Buffalo, MI    

Signature Dish: Asian Salmon with Asparagus

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Lamb shank, mashed potatoes and green beans!"



PHILLY                             Age: 9         

Hometown: Chicago, IL      

Signature Dish: Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms, Pasta and Brussel Sprouts

Favorite Dish to Eat: Meatballs! All the breading, meat and parmesan cheese melts into the sauce, mix it all together over fine angel hair pasta... yum, so good!”



QUINCY                             Age: 12         

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA       

Signature Dish: Shrimp and Grits

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Filet Mignon with a shrimp diablo sauce, lobster-mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts with pancetta and shallots.”



RILEY                               Age: 8        

Hometown: Carrollton, TX      

Signature Dish: Schnitzel

Favorite Dish to Eat: Homemade pasta sprinkled with olive oil and parmesan cheese. I love parmesan!”



RYAN KATE                      Age: 11       

Hometown: Coppell, TX       

Signature Dish: Crostini Alla Crechio

Favorite Dish to Eat: “Soup! I love eating all different kinds of soups, because there are so many varieties, and it can have so many healthy ingredients.” 


MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. 

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