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Forty-three home cooks compete to earn a spot in the top 24.
The three judges each choose eight home cooks to mentor throughout the competition.
Forty-three of America's finest home cooks compete in the MasterChef Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24.
In the first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 24 must prep, cook, and plate one dish featuring an ingredient unique to each of their home states.
In the first skills test of the season, Gordon teaches the home cooks how to properly break down a crab before the contestants must replicate his work. Those whose skills don't cut it .. show full overview
The Top 20 chefs face the first team challenge of the season at the Anheuser Busch brewery. Teams must cook a beer-infused lunch for more than 100 employees. The team that receives the .. show full overview
The contestants face a mystery box challenge where they must create a dish using one common ingredient – walnuts. The winner receives 3 huge advantages. Later, the MasterChef kitchen .. show full overview
The contestants head to Malibu, California, and cook for Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale’s wedding – with Gordon Ramsay officiating! After splitting into 2 teams, the home cooks have .. show full overview
The contestants face a mystery box filled with fresh seafood and must create a dish using 2 items from it. The chefs who fail to impress the judges face an elimination challenge and are .. show full overview
The remaining home cooks pair up for a skills test to create a restaurant-quality dish featuring five ingredients, with the 15th contestant being paired up with their mentor and .. show full overview
The Top 14 contestants are split into 2 teams to compete in a fine-dining challenge to cook 39 dishes for a group of very discerning judges. Contestants are surprised when the diners are .. show full overview
The Top 13 contestants face a mystery box challenge with a stockpot and cooking oil and are tasked with making a dish that features a deep-fried element. An extra layer of pressure is .. show full overview
The Top 12 face their third skills test in the MasterChef kitchen and replicate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress the judges are then tasked with creating .. show full overview
The remaining home cooks are split into 2 teams and are tasked with serving 100 dishes to hungry airmen in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the March Air Reserve Base. The top 2 .. show full overview
The contestants are told they will be competing in the dreaded Tag Team Challenge.
The 8 remaining home cooks divide into 2 teams and race against the clock to serve restaurant-quality dishes to 25 California firefighters. Ultimately, the firefighters will decide the .. show full overview
The 7 remaining contestants face a Mystery Box challenge filled with waste – literally. The home cook who makes the best dish from food scraps will be safe in the elimination challenge, .. show full overview
The Top 6 face the Restaurant Takeover Challenge at Providence in Los Angeles. The home cooks split into 2 teams and must feed a dining room filled with 48 guests. The judges will .. show full overview
The remaining 5 cooks receive a heart-warming mystery box challenge in which contestants create a dish inspired by their loved ones.
The Top 5 home cooks face a series of pressure-filled skills tests using an incredibly common protein – beef. The judges decide which contestant claims a safe spot on the balcony and who .. show full overview
The final 4 are split into 2 teams, and need to cook one incredible entrée for the judges’ mentors: Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman, and Lidia Bastianich. The judges choose which .. show full overview
The 3 remaining home cooks face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a 3-course menu for the judges.
The home cook with the best overall menu is crowned the winner wih a prize of a quarter of a million dollars and the coveted title of MasterChef.
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