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 3 has not yet aired in South Africa.
Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again give talented amateur cooks the chance to prove to him, and to fellow judges, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Chef Graham Elliot that they have what it takes to make their mark on the culinary world.
In the series, Ramsay, Bastianich and Elliot coach and critique the amateur cooks in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, knowledge and determination to follow their dreams of making a mark in the culinary world.
MasterChef will travel to more cities than ever before to uncover the country's very best amateur cooks.
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.