‘MasterChef Junior’ will return for season 2; Fox renews latest Gordon Ramsay hit

The latest -Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Gordon Ramsay’s bank account getting bigger The famed British chef / restaurateur / connoisseur of scaring the living daylights out of people has managed to get yet another series renewed … though this one shows off the kinder, gentler side of him.

Fox confirmed today that the culinary competition “MasterChef Junior” has been renewed for a second season, which makes this the fifth Ramsay series to get a pickup on the network. If you remember, Gordon already has the flagship “MasterChef,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” and “Hotel Hell” all coming back for new episodes at some point in the future. (The latter just seems to be continually delayed time and time again). This show is notable mostly in that the judging is nicer, it really goes down as family entertainment, and it performed very well on Fridays compared to most of the competition. Not only that, but it was one of the few reality competitions that performed well this fall in DVR viewing.

In a statement, Fox’s programming head Kevin Reilly had the following to say about getting some more “MasterChef Junior” to your table:

“MasterChef Junior is one of the few shows on television that the entire family can truly enjoy together, and I can’t wait to see what Gordon, Joe, Graham and the next round of rambunctious, ridiculously talented junior chefs cook up in season two.”

If you have a young chef that you would be interested in taking to a casting call, we have some of the first details below about four cities that will be holding them over the course of next month.

New York City – Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at a to-be-determined location.

Chicago – Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the HYATT, 633 N. St. Clair Street.

Los Angeles – Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson LAX, 6225 W Century Blvd.

Dallas – Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the HYATT Regency, 300 Reunion Blvd.

If you want to read what we felt about the entire first season of “MasterChef Junior,” then just be sure to go back and read our full Midseason Report Card piece. Also, subscribe to our newsletter if you want to get a generous helping of both “MasterChef Junior” as well as other shows.

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