FOX has renewed its powerhouse cooking competition series, MasterChef, for a twelfth season, featuring award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich.
“Obviously, Gordon is a good friend and, given the recent launch of Studio Ramsay Global, an important part of FOX’s programming and growth strategy,” said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment.
He added: “MasterChef, Gordon, Aarón and Joe, and our fantastic partners at ESNA, have been vital to FOX’s DNA. Even in its eleventh season, this show continues to impress by sustaining FOX’s success on Wednesdays this Summer. We anticipate this momentum to continue next year when MasterChef returns for a much deserved Season 12.”
MasterChef currently averages five million multi-platform viewers. Its telecasts this season, together with Crime Scene Kitchen, have led FOX to rank as the #1 broadcast network on six of this Summer’s eight Wednesdays that the pair aired together.
On the next all-new episode of MasterChef: Legends, airing tonight Wednesday, Aug. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Chef Ramsay challenges the home cooks to create a dish for the most important legend yet – their own personal legends. Their personal legends could be someone they look up to, a personal hero, or even a family member who inspires them.
Throughout this season, legendary chefs continue to join as a guest judges, alongside Ramsay, Sánchez and Bastianich. Upcoming legends include Dominique Crenn, Niki Nakayama and more. As the competition advances toward the finale, only one home cook will ultimately claim the MasterChef title, the $250,000 grand prize, a complete Viking kitchen and kitchen tools and bakeware products from OXO.
MasterChef is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam.
Elisabeth Murdoch, Natalka Znak, Danny Schrader, Gordon Ramsay, Pat Llewellyn, Ben Adler, Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Shyam Balsé serve as executive producers.
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide in more than 200 territories, and he is the only talent on air in the U.S. with four prime-time national network shows.
He hosts and executive produces Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, in addition to specials, including 2021’s Gordon Ramsay’s American Road Trip.
Ramsay and Fox Entertainment recently announced their leading new worldwide production venture Studio Ramsay Global to develop, produce and distribute culinary and lifestyle programming for FOX, Tubi and global markets.
His earlier multimedia production company Studio Ramsay was launched in the U.K. in 2016 to create and develop unscripted, digital and scripted programming, focusing on new formats and innovative programming, as well as fostering new talent.
Its shows include Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, which was the highest-rated food show of 2019; The F-Word Live With Gordon Ramsay; Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, on National Geographic Channel, which airs in 172 countries and 43 languages worldwide; and the ratings hit and BAFTA-nominated Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip, for ITV.
The company’s shows also include Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance, on BBC1; the daytime cooking series Culinary Genius, which premiered on ITV in the U.K., and was syndicated on FOX stations in the U.S.; the ITV series The Savoy and Gordon on Cocaine; and the highly-popular children’s series Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC.