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Fox Renews 'MasterChef' for a Second Season

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2010 9:15AM

Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay fans rejoice: It's been announced that the potty-mouthed chef will be back for another series of 'MasterChef.'

The competitive cooking show launched last month as the Fox network's biggest ever summer debut. It also grabbed the number one spot in the 18-49 audience age range, which is the demographic most coveted by advertisers and networks.

Talking about the show's success, Ramsay said, "It's amazing and refreshing to see how much passion and raw talent there is from amateur home cooks across America. ... It's extraordinary the amount of energy and excitement the show brought in Season One, and I'm thrilled to be back at Fox for a second season."

Ramsay's now in the enviable position of having three successful series on Fox (the other two are 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Kitchen Nightmares'), which puts him neck-and-neck with 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane, who's also courted controversy by dropping the F-bomb in his shows.

'MasterChef' is a reworking of the long-running British hit show of the same name and pits amateur chefs against each other as they battle through a range of culinary challenges. The winnner will earn the title of "America's Best Home Cook," $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal.

Ramsay first came to prominence as a young chef in London in the early 1990s and gained wider fame in 1998 with the British TV documentary series 'Boiling Point,' which followed him as he prepared to open his first (and now flagship) eponymous restaurant in Chelsea, London. The success of 'MasterChef' comes after a turbulent few years in which his U.S. restaurant empire has faltered, and his business has been beset by rumors of severe financial difficulties and falling standards. His personal life has also been under intense scrutiny by the British tabloids, with allegations of an extra-marital affair hitting the headlines in 2008.

Ramsay has also presented several TV shows in the U.K. -- but not, funnily enough, the British 'MasterChef' -- where he's been heavily criticized for his frequent cursing.

'MasterChef' airs tonight, 8PM ET on Fox.

The season finale airs Sept. 15, 8PM ET on Fox.

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Richard Ott

I think Master Chef is alot better than those
other cooking reality shows I've seen clips of,
like Hell's Kitchen. It's part American Inventor,
part Ready, Set, Cook!. This time, FOX got it right.
I'm greatly anticipating NBC's new cooking series,
America's Next Great Resturaunt, so I'll Tivo the
2'nd season of Master Chef, so I can keep up with
both shows in 2011. I'll also watch ANGR to keep
an eye out for the location of the resturaunt that
will eventually be opened by the winner in one of
the 3 states chosen, and I hope it will be in
Baltimore Maryland.

September 08 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny that your first words about the subject are in direct reference to Ramsay's lack of control over his vocabulary.
But have you REALLY watched this show? It is more in tune with his BBC shows. There is some swearing and the occasional shout, but for the most part the show has shown Ramsay in the light most who have viewed his BBC shows have seen him in.
I was very surprised FOX didn't push the screaming and swearing, as they have done so more and more increasingly in his other shows on that channel.
I for one look forward to seeing Master Chef again next season.

September 08 2010 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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