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Stars compete in a culinary battle for charity on 'MasterChef Celebrity Showdown'

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`MasterChef`: Shaun O'Neale cooks as judges Christina Tosi and Gordon Ramsay look on. The three of them will take part in the upcoming `MasterChef Celebrity Showdown.` (FOX photo by Greg Gayne)
"MasterChef": Shaun O'Neale cooks as judges Christina Tosi and Gordon Ramsay look on. The three of them will take part in the upcoming "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown." (FOX photo by Greg Gayne)

Monday, Jan. 2, on FOX

Anthony Anderson partners with Gordon Ramsay to take on Jordana Brewster and Christina Tosi

Get ready for the ultimate snack-down when Michelin Star chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi invite celebrities into the "MasterChef" kitchen to show off their culinary skills in exciting head-to-head contests for charity on the all-new "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown," airing Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX.

The two-hour special puts each celebrity competitor to the test in the kitchen, and also features the first-ever battle royale between "MasterChef's" own Ramsay and Tosi! In each faceoff, more than bragging rights are at stake - the winners earn donations to the charity of their choice.

Here are the "MasterChef" matchups:

Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Byers vs. Nene and Gregg Leakes

Two cooks are better than one in the couples' duel. Find out who rules the kitchen when "Empire" stars Trai Byers (@JustTrai) and Grace Gealey Byers (@LadyGracebyers) represent Saving Our Daughters (savingourdaughters.org/), while TV personality Nene Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) and her husband, Gregg (@GreggLeakes), compete for Broadway Cares (broadwaycares.org/).

Cheryl Hines vs. Kal Penn

"Son of Zorn" star Cheryl Hines (@cherylhines) cooks for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida (ucpcfl.org/), while "Superhuman" host Kal Penn (@KalPenn) represents the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (unrwausa.org/#tagline).

Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber vs. Joel Madden and Benji Madden

It's a test of the twins when former NFL superstars Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber), representing Kulture City (kulturecity.org/), go up against Good Charlotte founding members Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) and Benji Madden (@Benjimadden), who help provide assistance for musicians in times of need via MusiCares (grammy.org/musicares).

Anthony Anderson and Gordon Ramsay vs. Jordana Brewster and Christina Tosi

In the final faceoff, it's Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson ("black-ish") with Ramsay vs. "Lethal Weapon's" Jordana Brewster, paired with Tosi. Fans have seen them in the "MasterChef" kitchen and as judges before, but now Ramsay and Tosi go head-to-head and have to answer to the harshest critics of all - "MasterChef" season seven winner Shaun O'Neale and two contestants from the upcoming fifth season of "MasterChef Junior."

Anderson will cook to support Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (www.wwbgclub.org/), while Brewster competes for No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org/).

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