Fox serves up “MasterChef” celebrity special

The U.S. broadcaster has ordered a two-hour celebrity special of its hit culinary competition series to air in the new year. (Pictured: MasterChef Celebrity Showdown host Gordon Ramsay)
December 21, 2015

U.S. broadcaster Fox has ordered a two-hour celebrity special of its culinary competition series MasterChef from Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato.

Set to air in the new year, MasterChef Celebrity Showdown will pit celebrities, previous MasterChef winners and MasterChef Junior contestants in a kitchen battle for a charity of their choosing. The special will be hosted by celebrity chef and executive producer Gordon Ramsay (pictured) and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi.

Celebrity competitors include supermodels Gigi Hadid and Devon Windsor; Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews and wife Rebecca Crews; The Last Man On Earth’s Boris Kodjoe and wife Nicole Ari Parker; and Empire’s Kaitlin Doubleday and Ta’Rhonda Jones.

Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

MasterChef Celebrity Showdown premieres January 18 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Fox.

Elsewhere, celebrity chef and restaurateur Graham Elliot will depart the MasterChef franchise as a judge, a spokesperson for Endemol Shine has confirmed. Elliot will exit following the completion of MasterChef Junior season fourHis replacement has not yet been announced.

“It has been an awesome experience to be part of the MasterChef family,” Elliot said in a statement shared on Twitter. “I learned so much from the people I got to work with and it has been a true honor to share my love of cooking with the audiences who have allowed me into their homes over the last six years.

“I remain committed to using my passion for cooking as a way to entertain and teach people of all ages, and will be making some exciting announcements about the next steps of that journey in the new year.”

MasterChef, which will return for a seventh season, is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato. The program is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine.

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