Fox Renews 'MasterChef' for a Second Season
Gordon 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.