Fox has set a January 2, 2017 premiere date for Masterchef Celebrity Showdown with Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. The culinary competition event will pit celebrities against each other to benefit charity. The two-hour special will feature head-to-head contests between celebrities including Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn), Jordana Brewster (Lethal Weapon), Kat Penn (Superhuman), and NFL players Ronde and Tiki Barber. The special will also include a showdown between Michelin Star Chef Ramsay and acclaimed pastry chef Tosi.
The winners of each of the cooking battles will earn bragging rights as well as donations to their chosen charities.
Masterchef Celebrity Showdown Match-Ups:
Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Byers vs. Nene and Gregg Leakes
Two cooks are better than one in the couples’ duel. Find out who rules the kitchen when Empire stars Trai Byers (@JustTrai) and Grace Gealey Byers (@LadyGracebyers) represent Saving Our Daughters (savingourdaughters.org/), while TV personality Nene Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) and her husband, Gregg (@GreggLeakes), compete for Broadway Cares (broadwaycares.org/).
Cheryl Hines vs. Kal Penn
Son of Zorn star Cheryl Hines (@cherylhines) cooks for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida (ucpcfl.org/), while Superhuman host Kal Penn (@KalPenn) represents the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (unrwausa.org/#tagline).
Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber vs. Joel Madden and Benji Madden
It’s a test of the twins when former NFL superstars Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber), representing Kulture City (kulturecity.org/), go up against Good Charlotte founding members Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) and Benji Madden (@Benjimadden), who help provide assistance for musicians in times of need via MusiCares (grammy.org/musicares).
Anthony Anderson and Chef Gordon Ramsay vs. Jordana Brewster and Chef Christina Tosi
In the final face-off, it’s Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson (black-ish) with Masterchef’s own Chef Gordon Ramsay vs. Lethal Weapon’s Jordana Brewster, paired with Chef Christina Tosi. Fans have seen them in the Masterchef kitchen and as judges before, but now Gordon and Christina go head-to-head and have to answer to the harshest critics of all – Masterchef Season Seven winner Shaun O’Neale and two contestants from the upcoming fifth season of Masterchef Junior. Anderson will cook to support Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (wwbgclub.org/), while Brewster competes for No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org/).