Junior MasterChef Australia is making a welcome return to TV, almost 10 years after it went off the air.
The third season of the MasterChef spin-off series will see 14 of the nation’s youngest cooks showcase their extraordinary culinary talents.
On Monday, Channel Ten announced that the latest season will premiere on Sunday, October 11 at 7.30pm.
Meet the team: Junior MasterChef Australia is almost here, and in two weeks, 14 of the nation’s youngest cooks (pictured) will vie for the position of top aspiring chef
MasterChef judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen will also feature in the series.
On Friday, Melissa shared her excitement for the latest season of Junior MasterChef, which is set to return after being axed in 2011.
‘What’s that? @jrmasterchefau has officially announced its launch date? And there’s a cockatoo on my head?’ she captioned an Instagram post.
Making a statement: On Friday, Melissa (pictured) shared her excitement for the third season of Junior MasterChef Australia, which airs after being axed almost a decade ago
2020 contestants! From 7.30pm on October 11, 14 contestants will begin whipping up a storm in the Junior MasterChef Australia kitchen. Pictured: Filo (top left), Phenix (top right), Tiffany (bottom left) and Ben (bottom right)
‘Why yes! See you back on screen OCTOBER 11 @channel10au with a host of the most inspiring mini MasterChefs! I can’t wait for you to meet them.’
Contestants for this year’s season include Ruby, Etka, Laura, Porsha, Tiffany, Ben, Salvo, Filo, Georgia, Dev, Phenix, Carter and Vienna, with all aged between nine and 14.
It also includes the son of former MasterChef Australia winner Sashi Cheliah, 11-year-old Ryan.
They’re back! Judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen (pictured) will return to screens nationwide on the junior series of the hit cooking show
The young boy was a familiar face on the hit cooking show in 2018, standing alongside his father during a family reunion.
Despite this, Sashi is adamant the young, aspiring cook was not recognised by producers until the first stage of the casting process on Junior MasterChef Australia.
‘I put in an application and then they called for an audition. So it’s only after the audition that they realised Ryan is my son,’ Sashi said, as reported by HuffPost Australia last week.
Celebration: Former MasterChef Australia winner Sashi Cheliah’s son Ryan will also be competing on this year’s Junior MasterChef. Pictured, Ryan hugging Sashi on MasterChef
But Ryan is keen to make a name for himself in the culinary world, instead of being simply known as ‘Sashi’s son’.
‘People are going to know me for me, Ryan, instead of, “Oh that’s Sashi’s son”,’ the young cook told HuffPost Australia.
‘My favourite thing to cook is a fish curry. Even though it may be a bit complicated, it’s full of flavour and I really like eating it.’
Aspiring chefs: Contestants aged between nine and 14 years for this year’s season include Ruby (pictured), Etka, Laura, Porsha, Tiffany, Ben, Salvo, Filo, Georgia, Dev, Phenix, Carter, Vienna and Ryan
Professional baker Reece Hignell, who competed on the latest season of MasterChef Australia, offered a few words of advice to the upcoming contestants on Monday.
‘Okay, so all of those people in MasterChef Junior, if you are baking, I just want to say that the blast chiller is your best friend,’ Reece, 30, said in a video uploaded to Instagram.
‘Like if you need to cool a cake, if you need to chill an ice cream, parfait, a mousse… chuck anything into that blast chiller and get it nice and cold.’
Top tips: Professional baker Reece Hignell (pictured), who competed on the tenth season of MasterChef Australia, offered a few words of advice to upcoming contestants