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FOX Feasts on 'MasterChef' Season 4



"I am continually amazed by the raw talent, passion and creativity of home cooks across America," said Gordon Ramsay.



Gordon Ramsay at "Teen Choice Awards 2012"
Gordon Ramsay at Teen Choice Awards 2012July 23, 2012

"MasterChef" Season 3 contestants
"MasterChef" Season 3 contestants
Gordon Ramsay in "Masterchef"
Gordon Ramsay in "Masterchef"
FOX has ordered a fourth season of the hit culinary competition series "MasterChef," it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

"We're excited to be back for another season of MasterChef," said Gordon Ramsay, executive producer and judge on "MasterChef." "I am continually amazed by the raw talent, passion and creativity of home cooks across America. The contestants raise the bar every season, and it's an inspiration and exciting challenge for us."



"Gordon and the producers really took "MasterChef" to a whole new level this year. The talent is absolutely fantastic, the competition is unbelievably intense, and it's become one of the most compelling, heart-stopping hours on television," said Darnell. "Over the course of three seasons, "MasterChef" has inspired millions of home cooks around the country to pursue their dreams in the kitchen, and I can't wait for the show to inspire even more people with another season on FOX."

Talented home cooks will once again have the chance to showcase their skill, knowledge and immense passion to turn their culinary dream into a reality. The hopefuls will be put through a series of intense challenges designed to test their palates and determination to prove they have what it takes to become America's next "MasterChef" and walk away with a life-changing grand prize.

In its sizzling third season, "MasterChef" is showing significant year-over-year ratings gains, up +8% among Adults 18-49 and up +9% in Total Viewers this summer. "MasterChef" is one of this summer's Top 10 programs among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and virtually all key men and women demos.

In the next all-new episode airing tonight, Monday, July 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the eight previously eliminated contestants return to the "MasterChef" kitchen to earn a spot back in the competition. They must prove that they deserve a second chance by creating a stunning dish using only the mystery box ingredients. Later, only two home cooks will compete head-to-head for a chance to win back their apron and continue on the journey to become the next "MasterChef."

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the judges challenge the remaining seven home cooks to use their imagination in the next mystery box challenge, which features live spot prawns. The hopefuls will have a very limited pantry and little time to create a standout dish that will impress the judges. The winner of the mystery box challenge will determine which savory ingredient the remaining hopefuls must incorporate into a dessert dish in an elimination round that will send one more contestant home.

On Tuesday, August 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the countdown to the finale begins when "MasterChef" returns with all-new episodes, in its new weekly time slot. Only two more weeks will remain before the next "MasterChef" winner is named in the two-hour season finale event airing Tuesday, September 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

"MasterChef" is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato and is based on the format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the "MasterChef" format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
 
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