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‘MasterChef’ Starts on Fox, as Past Contestants Compete

Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich in the season premiere of MASTERCHEF airing Wed. May 25
(From l.): Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich will judge on 'MasterChef: Back To Win.' (Image credit: Fox)

Season 12 of MasterChef is on Fox May 25, as a group of all-stars compete. MasterChef: Back to Win is the name of the season.

Gordon Ramsay, chef Aarón Sánchez and restaurateur Joe Bastianich are the judges. 

Twenty all-star contestants are featured, including two who were on MasterChef Junior. They will feed members of the Coast Guard, demonstrate their skills in a vegan dish challenge, travel to Horsetown USA (Norco, California) to feed cowboys and compete in the fan-favorite restaurant takeover challenge at Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. 

MasterChef is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam. Elisabeth Murdoch, Natalka Znak, Danny Schrader, Gordon Ramsay, Pat Llewellyn, Ben Adler, Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Shyam Balsé are executive producers.

Ramsay will also host and produce Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars on Fox. Studio Ramsay Global (SRG), a joint venture between Ramsay and Fox Entertainment, produces the show, which debuts next season. ■

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.