MasterChef is an American competitive cooking reality show hosted and co-produced by Gordon Ramsay and Reveille Productions and based on the first season of the Australian format which in turn was based on the BBC series MasterChef, in which wannabe chefs who cook as a hobby and have no experience in the food industry attempt to turn into a MasterChef.
The series premieres in the USA on Fox on 27 July, 2010.
MasterChef premiered in South Africa on M-Net and DStv's M-Net HD channel on Monday 16 January 2012, at 18h00. Season 2 has not yet aired in South Africa.
Famed chef Gordon Ramsay is back for Round Two of his culinary hit MasterChef.
After conducting a nationwide search, 100 of the best amateur cooks in America, including a police officer, an oil rig engineer, an interior designer, a forklift operator, a professional poker player, a classical pianist and a tattoo shop owner, were flown to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming the next MasterChef and walking away with the life-changing grand prize.
In the premiere episode, the hopefuls prepare their signature dishes and present them to the renowned MasterChef judging panel: Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay; restaurateur and wine maker Joe Bastianich; and the youngest four-star chef in America, Graham Elliot.
The judges are looking for presentation, flavour, originality and creativity, but most importantly - to have a chance - every contender must possess an immense passion for food.
The amateur cooks are put through the paces, and only the most deserving among them will win the coveted white apron and move on to the next round of the competition.
One thing is certain in MasterChef: winning will be no piece of cake.
MasterChef is produced by Reveille, Shine TV and One Potato Two Potato. Shine International handles international distribution for the MasterChef format.
Elisabeth Murdoch, Franc Roddam, Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Pat Llewellyn, J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson serve as executive producers.