Fox has picked up Junior MasterChef, a spinoff of the MasterChef series, but starring kids aged eight to thirteen. Back in January there was a casting call for Junior MasterChef — do note the tons of comments on that post by parents desperately asking for more information — and now it's official. Variety reports that the show been slated for the slated "for the 2013-2014 season."
Adult MasterChef judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot will be judges on this show as well. In addition, Fox has renewed the Ramsay shows Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef for another season each. The current season of Kitchen Nightmares (the sixth) is ongoing. With Hotel Hell, this marks Gordon Ramsay's fifth series on Fox.
Will Ramsay yell and swear at children? Maybe not. Said Ramsay, "Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It's just extraordinary to watch them in action." Back in 2008, Bravo announced plans for Top Chef Junior, but it never panned out. Maybe it will now?