masterchef junior season 1 'MasterChef Junior' announces the 24 young chefs who will prepare dishes for the judges“MasterChef Junior” kicks off this fall with 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country competing in the first round where they will prepare their best home dish for the judges.

The kids, ranging in ages eight to 13, are split into three groups of eight and will create their best seafood, pasta or dessert dishes. The Top 12 junior chefs will receive a white MasterChef Junior apron and advance to the challenge rounds.

The 24 chefs are:

Alexander, 13, New York, NY   
Amanda, 12, Franklin Square, NY  
Daniel, 11, Hawthorne, NY   
Dara, 12, Culver City, CA   
Ethan, 11, Riverside, CA   
Franco, 11, Massapequa, NY   
Gavin, 10, San Francisco, CA   
Hana, 10, Claremont, CA   
Jack, 10, East Rockaway, NY  
Jewels, 12, Manalapan, NJ   
Justin, 11, Neptune, NJ   
Kaylen, 11, Culver City, CA
Lishai, 11, Los Angeles, CA
Mina, 11, Pomona, CA
Molly, 12, Pasadena, CA
Nathan, 8, Woodland Hills, CA
Noah, 12, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Roen, 12, Brooklyn, NY
Sage, 13, Rossmoor, CA
Sara, 12, Studio City, CA
Sarah, 9, Culver City, CA
Sofia, 12, Brooklyn, NY
Tommy, 11, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Troy, 12, Thousand Oaks, CA

“MasterChef Junior” premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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