‘MasterChef Junior’ Season 7 Contestants and Premiere Date Announced

MasterChef Junior Season 7
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aarón Sánchez judge season 7 of ‘MassterChef Junior’ (Photo Credit: Fox)

Season seven of Fox’s MasterChef Junior will premiere on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT. The new season of the cooking competition series will debut with 24 young contestants (12 girls and 12 boys) between the ages of 8 and 13 showing off their culinary skills in hopes of winning the title of America’s MasterChef Junior.

According to Fox, season seven’s first episode will feature a mystery box challenge that will require the young chefs to create an outstanding breakfast dish. They’ll follow that by creating restaurant-quality dishes based on three classic school lunch meals.

Other challenges the young competitors will take on include preparing dishes for circus performers, rolling out a perfect sheet of pasta to 24 feet, and participating in the restaurant takeover challenge. Chef Gordon Ramsay, pastry chef Christina Tosi, and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez make up the season seven judges panel.

The winner of MasterChef Junior will collect $100,000 and the MasterChef Junior trophy.

MasterChef Junior Season 7 Top 24:

  • Aaron
    Age: 10
    Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
    Signature Dish: Baked Salmon with Sautéed Green Beans & Lemon Couscous
  • Ashley
    Age: 9
    Hometown: Queens, NY
    Signature Dish: Spicy Steamed Salmon with Carrots & Okra
  • Ben
    Age: 11
    Hometown: Morristown, NJ
    Signature Dish: Fried Chicken & Coleslaw
  • Brielle
    Age: 8
    Hometown: Conley, GA
    Signature Dish: Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Avocado Cream Sauce over Pineapple & Tomato Rice
  • Che
    Age: 12
    Hometown: Boiceville, NY
    Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Salmon with Celeriac & Potato Purée & Sautéed Leeks with Kale Avocado Salad
  • Evie
    Age: 11
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Signature Dish: Seared Steak Crostini with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Ivy
    Age: 11
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Signature Dish: Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli & Peanut Sauce
  • Jaala
    Age: 10
    Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
    Signature Dish: Mushroom Alfredo Pasta
  • Jayden
    Age: 12
    Hometown: San Antonio, TX
    Signature Dish: Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry with Mixed Vegetables & Scratch-Made Soy Sauce
  • Kate
    Age: 8
    Hometown: Roanoke, AL
    Signature Dish: Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry
  • Kyle
    Age: 11
    Hometown: Rye, NY
    Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Salmon with a Citrus Salad
  • Malia
    Age: 11
    Hometown: Newhall, CA
    Signature Dish: Tuna & Cucumber Roll with Garlic & Soy Sautéed Broccolini
  • Mateo
    Age: 8
    Hometown: Demarest, NJ
    Signature Dish: Baked & Seared Asian Salmon with Rice & Bok Choy
  • Matthew
    Age: 8
    Hometown: Livingston, NJ
    Signature Dish: Filet Mignon with a Cucumber & Tomato Salad
  • Miguel
    Age: 12
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Signature Dish: Thyme, Garlic, Buttered Seared Steak with Sautéed Mushrooms & Organic Side Salad
  • Nayeli
    Age: 9
    Hometown: San Antonio, TX
    Signature Dish: Cheese Enchiladas with Roja Sauce & Sautéed Potatoes & Carrots with Chorizo, & a Cabbage Radish Slaw
  • Neko
    Age: 11
    Hometown: San Antonio, TX
    Signature Dish: Irish Potato Soup with Bacon
  • Reid
    Age: 8
    Hometown: Newnan, GA
    Signature Dish: Southern State Sliders with Bacon & Cheese Infused Burger Patties & a Special Sauce
  • Rhashad
    Age: 12
    Hometown: Milton, GA
    Signature Dish: Shrimp Scampi over Pasta
  • Sadie
    Age: 12
    Hometown: Seattle, WA
    Signature Dish: Spaghetti with Tomato, Basil, Pignoli & Cheese
  • Shannen
    Age: 9
    Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
    Signature Dish: Yellow Turmeric Grilled Chicken with a Vegetable Medley
  • Tal
    Age: 13
    Hometown: Port Washington, NY
    Signature Dish: Kombu-Cured Salmon with a Miso Buerre-Blanc & Yuzu Kosho (Japanese white wine grape)
  • Talulah
    Age: 11
    Hometown: New York, NY
    Signature Dish: Savory Mushroom Crepe
  • Thomas
    Age: 12
    Hometown: Boerne, TX
    Signature Dish: Personally Harvested Dove served on Toast topped with a Red Wine Jalapeño Jelly