Junior MasterChef returns to CBBC

At CBBC we want to inspire children to think about and try new things, and this show really encourages them to do just that."Bridget Banton, Executive Producer
Date: 16.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.53
Category: CBBC
CBBC is once again hosting the competition to find the best young cook in the country as Junior MasterChef returns for 2012.

The BAFTA-nominated series is back to give some of Britain's best young cooks the chance to follow in the footsteps of 2010 champion, Georgia Bradford, and become Junior MasterChef 2012.

Commissioned by Damian Kavanagh and Executive Produced for CBBC by Bridget Banton, the competition will once again aim to find and encourage talented young cooks who have a flair for making exceptional food from scratch.

Bridget Banton said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Junior MasterChef back to CBBC and are looking forward to finding more talented young chefs this time around. At CBBC we want to inspire children to think about and try new things, and this show really encourages them to do just that.”

Based on the hugely successful MasterChef series, the format will feature 15 half hour episodes, consisting of eight heats, two quarterfinals, four semis and a final cook-off.

The budding gastronomes, aged between nine and 12-years-old, will have the chance to wow the judges with their culinary magic, learning tricks of the trade along the way. The lucky finalists will face challenges to make their friends green with envy, following in the footsteps of the 2010 finalists, who cooked for the likes of the cast of Dr Who, children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson, and boy band JLS.

Executive producer for Shine, Karen Ross, said: "We are very excited about the return of Junior MasterChef. The first series' contestants overwhelmed us with their level of cooking ability and enthusiasm and proved that the culinary ambition of 9 to 12 year olds is alive and well all over the British Isles. We eagerly await to see what masterpieces our next group will come up with!"

Applications are now open for the second series. Filming takes place in the school holidays this August in London and to apply children must be a UK resident, be aged between 9 and 12 on the 6th August, and love cooking.

Junior MasterChef is being made for CBBC by Shine Television Limited. The Executive Producer for Shine is Karen Ross, and the series producer is Antonia Lloyd. The 15-part series will be broadcast on CBBC later this year.

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