Junior MasterChef Australia

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Junior MasterChef Australia
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Andriu Cregan
Game show
Created byFranc Roddam
Written byGeorge Dodd
Directed byJo Siddiqui
JudgesGary Mehigan
Anna Gare
Matt Moran (2011)
George Calombaris
Matt Preston (2010)
Narrated byNicholas McKay
Theme music composerRobbie Williams and Guy Chambers
Opening themeKids
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes37
Executive producer(s)Margie Bashfield, Tara McWilliams
Producer(s)Amelia Fisk, Tim Thatcher, Jaala Webster, Alenka Henry, Kam Vurlow
Production location(s)13 Doody Street, Alexandria, New South Wales
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s)Shine Australia
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 September 2010 –
23 November 2011
Related showsMasterChef Australia
External links

Junior MasterChef Australia is an Australian competitive cooking game show. It was a spin-off of MasterChef Australia, itself an adaptation of the British show MasterChef, and featured contestants aged 8 to 12. The first season of the show began production in July 2010 and included 50 contestants. Over 5,000 children from around the nation auditioned for the series.

In the second season, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris returned alongside Anna Gare, while Matt Moran replaced Matt Preston as a judge.[1] Callum Hann has also been involved in the series.[2]

In contrast to prior series, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Australia.[3] The promo was seen during the final episode of MasterChef Australia (Season 2). The series premiered on Sunday, 12 September 2010.[4]


In the Junior series, contestants are not eliminated every week, though four are eliminated at a time once the top 12 is decided. Every eliminated contestant receives a range of prizes.[5]


Season 1[edit]

Production of a junior version of the show was initially suggested in October 2009. The first series of the show, featuring 8- to 12-year-old contestants, was filmed after the second series of MasterChef Australia and began airing 12 September 2010 on Ten. In contrast to prior series, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Australia.[6] Isabella won the contest to become Australia's first Junior Masterchef.

Season 2[edit]

Junior MasterChef was officially renewed on 15 November 2010 due to strong ratings, to return for a second season in 2011. Filming started on 28 July 2011, with the season premiering in October 2011. 11-year-old Greta Yaxley from Western Australia won the Junior MasterChef title for 2011.[7]

International syndications[edit]

The network in bold also broadcasts their own version of Junior MasterChef.

Country Network Dubbed or Subtitled?
 Afghanistan STAR World Subtitled in Dari
 Arab League Dubbed in Arabic
 Bangladesh Subtitled in English
 Belgium Vitaya Subtitled in Dutch
 Bhutan STAR World India Subtitled in English
 Brazil TLC Dubbed in Portuguese
 Burma STAR World Subtitled
 Costa Rica
 El Salvador
 Dominican Republic
TLC Dubbed in Spanish
 Argentina Discovery Home & Health Dubbed in Spanish
 Finland Liv Subtitled
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl Dubbed (English and Selectable Cantonese) and Subtitled (Cantonese)
STAR World Subtitled in Cantonese
 India STAR World India Subtitled in English
 Indonesia B Channel Subtitled
 Ireland Watch
 Italy Sky Uno and Cielo Dubbed
 Macau STAR World Subtitled in Cantonese
 Malaysia Subtitled
   Nepal STAR World India Subtitled in English
 New Zealand Prime
 Pakistan STAR World Subtitled
 Poland TV4 Polish lector
 Portugal SIC K and SIC Mulher Subtitled in Portuguese
 Slovenia Planet TV Subtitled
 South Africa M-Net
 Sri Lanka STAR World India Subtitled in English
 Singapore STAR World
MediaCorp Channel 5
 South Korea Food TV Subtitled
 Sweden TV8 and TV3 (Sweden)
 Taiwan STAR World
 The Netherlands NET 5 Subtitled in Dutch
 United Arab Emirates StarWorld HD Subtitled in Arabic
Fox Dubbed In Arabic
 Vietnam STAR World Subtitled
VTV6 Dubbed (Vietnamese)
 Kuwait STAR World HD Subtitled in Arabic
Fox Dubbed In Arabic
 Hong Kong
Lifetime Asia Subtitled


  1. ^ Ellis, Scott; Burns, Mia (26 July 2009). "MasterChef unveils its newest ingredient: kids". Melbourne: theage.com.au. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  2. ^ Callum slip that he'll be involved
  3. ^ Shine Australia to produce Junior Masterchef
  4. ^ "Airdate: Junior MasterChef". Tv-Tonight.com.au. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  5. ^ Channel 10 show Junior MasterChef makes its debut next month
  6. ^ "Shine Australia to produce Junior Masterchef". 29 January 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Greta Wins Junior MasterChef 2011". masterchef.com.au. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.