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‘MasterChef: Back to Win’: Everything you need to know about the twelfth installment of the most-watched cooking show

Mark your calendars for May, when Fox will premiere the latest installment of 'MasterChef US' titled 'Back to Win'
UPDATED MAY 17, 2022
'MasterChef' judges Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, and Aaron Sanchez (FOX)
'MasterChef' judges Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, and Aaron Sanchez (FOX)

This May, 'MasterChef' will bring back its All-Star chefs for 'MasterChef: Back To Win.' The program will reintroduce some of the competition's most notable and skilled chefs, alongside two 'MasterChef Junior' contestants participating as adults.

It's easy to say that Season 11 of 'MasterChef' was a letdown for the majority of the culinary nation. From participants who certainly did not deserve to be there to a grueling conclusion to doubts about what the producers deem a "home cook," last season left a lot to be desired and left many followers with a nasty taste in their mouths. But that did not deter the ratings from flowing in. 'MasterChef Legends' was a big hit with viewers when it debuted in 2021, and a Season 12 was almost certainly on the horizon. According to Deadline, Fox has officially stated that Season 12 will premiere this summer.


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When does 'MasterChef: Back To Win' premiere, and where can you watch it?

Set your calendars for Wednesday, May 25, 2022, when the next installment of 'Back to Win' will premiere on Fox. That's usually when the show premieres (except in 2020, when there was no season), so the network keeping to its regular timetable isn't unusual. The summer's most popular cooking show will air from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

What is 'MasterChef: Back To Win' Season 10 all about?

This will not be a typical season of 'MasterChef.' Instead of greeting an entirely new bunch of home cooks (whatever be that term's current definition), the series will welcome back some of the most unforgettable contestants from prior seasons. In 'MasterChef: Back to Win,' 20 past participants will return for a second opportunity to win it all. It will feature 18 contestants from past seasons of 'MasterChef,' as well as two from 'MasterChef Junior,' who will now contest as adults. With a lineup made up of returning chefs, fans can avoid three hours of tedium as the judges decide who receives a white apron. The contender who outcooks all adversaries will win the title of "MasterChef," a $250,000 grand prize, and a state-of-the-art Viking kitchen.

Who stars in the Fox reality show?

At this point, it is unknown who will return, but fans are sure to take to social media to voice their opinions on who deserves another shot at the crown. We have our thoughts, and we'll just state that there is no justice in the world if Autumn Moretti from the previous season does not receive another shot. Season 12's judges include award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, famed restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and celebrated chef Aarón Sánchez. The fan-favorite trio has been together since Season 9 in 2018. While Ramsay has judged every season of the competition series, Sánchez joined the panel full-time in Season 8, whereas Bastianich was brought back in Season 9 after judging Seasons 1-5.

Who are the showrunners?

One Potato Two Potato and Endemol Shine North America produce the series and is based on a format devised by Franc Roddam. Shyam Balsé, Elisabeth Murdoch, DJ Nurre, Natalka Znak, Sharon Levy, Danny Schrader, Ben Adler, Pat Llewellyn, and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.


Keep an eye on this space for the new season's trailer.