Fox, Ramsay to team on “Junior MasterChef”
American broadcast network Fox entered into a multi-year deal with celeb chef Gordon Ramsay that will result in a new series.
Junior MasterChef, produced by Ramsay’s shingle One Potato Two Potato and Shine America, will air on Fridays at 8 p.m.
The series, based on the UK format, will give budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to show off their talents in a series of challenges and cook-offs, before the judging panel of Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. The network says that the judges will “coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.”
“Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action,” said Ramsay in a statement.
Exec producers are Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler.
The series is part of a multi-year deal between the net and the chef, which will also see renewals for the long-running Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. That will ramp up Hell’s Kitchen’s run to 13 seasons and will extend MasterChef to a fifth and sixth season.
Including Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares, Fox has aired five Ramsay-fronted series.
“Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on Fox,” said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox. “He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon.”