MasterChef and MasterChef Junior‘s new judge is pastry chef Christina Tosi, who replaces Joe Bastianich, who left the series late last year. Meanwhile, Fox has renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, which will go into production this spring, after season six of MasterChef finishes production.
Tosi, who won the 2012 James Beard Rising Star and was a 2014 finalist for the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef award, appeared on The Taste last season as a guest judge. She has made various appearances, such as the clip below, but isn’t exactly a prolific television chef. In fact, it’s the opposite, and perhaps that’s part of the draw: she’s smart, talented, and new to most television viewers.
In the press release, new MasterChef Christina Tosi says the Fox competition “has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior. I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity and excited to pay forward all that I owe to learning what you’re made of in the home kitchen, and putting your neck on the line to show what you’ve got to the rest of the world!”
In the press release, Gordon Ramsay called her “one of the most exciting, dynamic and inspirational people in food today, whose brilliant ideas and incredible work ethic have resulted in a meteoric rise in the culinary world.”