Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the "MasterChef" kitchen for season seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8 p.m.), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Ramsay and Tosi, but, throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.
Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at "MasterChef's" open casting calls. However, only one talented home cook will join "MasterChef" winners Claudia Sandoval (season six), Courtney Lapresi (season five); Luca Manfe (season four); Christine Ha (season three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (season two); and Whitney Miller (season one) in the elite group of "MasterChef" titleholders.
Representing 15 states across the country, this season's 40 contestants - including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more - take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.
In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the "MasterChef" "Battle of the Apron" challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the "MasterChef" title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.
Once the "MasterChef" "Battle for the Apron" concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous "MasterChef" contestant, steak dishes for more than 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous "MasterChef" tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted "MasterChef" title.