1. What is MasterChef?
MasterChef is a U.S. cooking competition series where talented "home cooks" compete for the title of the best home chef in all of America. The series is part of a franchise which began in the United Kingdom, originally back in 1990. Today, there are versions of MasterChef produced in more than 40 countries around the world.
Contestants in the US version of the series typically compete in both individual and team challenges. There are "Mystery Box" challenges where the contestants have to come up with their own tasty and creative use of whatever ingredients they find under their box. Team challenges can involve serving a large group of people a satisfying meal under extreme circumstances, or working under the pressure of a professional restaurant kitchen. Elimination tests often involve preparing a particular classic dish or series of dishes such as an apple pie, steak dinner, or molten chocolate lava cake.
The prize for winning in the past has been $250,000, and in all series except for series 2 the publication of a cookbook authored by the winner.
2. When and where is MasterChef airing?
MasterChef Season 6 will premiere May 20, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on the FOX network for a 2-hour season opener. After that the show will air for one hour, 8pm, every Wednesday night through the summer.
3. Who are the judges this season?
This year, MasterChef veterans Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot will be joined by new judge, Christina Tosi, who is replacing Joe Bastianich. Tosi is an accomplished pastry chef for New York City's Milk Bar.
4. Who are the competitors this season?
On April 23, 2015, FOX announced the names of the Top 40 competitors who will be featured in the premiere episode of the season ("Meet MASTERCHEF'S Top 40!") Of course, we know many of them will not make it on into the final competition...
5. Where were auditions held for this season of MasterChef?
Auditions took place in the Autumn of 2014 in the following U.S. cities: Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA.
6. Will there be a seventh season of MasterChef?
An official announcement about future seasons has not yet been made. When it has, you can be sure that the MasterChef Casting Website will be updated with information on how to apply and where you can attend open call events.
7. Where else can I find information on MasterChef?
There is FOX's Official MasterChef website where you can see episode previews and meet the series contestants, once officially announced.