‘Masterchef Junior’ Welcomes Back Judge Joe Bastianich

Masterchef Junior star Joe Bastianich
Joe Bastianich returns for ‘Masterchef Junior’ (Photo by Justin Stephens / FOX)

Fox has confirmed award-winning restaurateur Joe Bastianich will return as a permanent judge on season six of Masterchef Junior. Bastianich was a judge on the adult Masterchef series for five seasons and on Masterchef Junior for three seasons. He’ll return to the fold on tonight’s season eight episode of Masterchef, joining the season’s regular chefs/judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and Aarón Sánchez for the season finale.

Season six of Masterchef Junior will air during the 2017-2018 primetime season and will have Bastianich, Christina Tosi, and Gordon Ramsay as judges.

Masterchef Junior is open to kids eight through 13 who have a passion for cooking and are talented in the kitchen. At stake is a $100,000 grand prize and the bragging rights to being a Masterchef winner. The series is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook, Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn, and Ben Adler.

Per Fox, “Bastianich is a world-renowned restaurateur who co-owns 30 restaurants across the globe, including Michelin Star eatery Del Posto, Babbo, Osteria Mozza and Eataly in the Americas (co-partner). He also is an award-winning and best-selling author.”