Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sanchez return from the last series as judges, whilst former judge and restaurateur Joe Bastianich returns to the show to complete the trio and we say a fond farewell to renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi.
And this series has a tasty new format! Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich each have eight white aprons to bestow upon the amateur home cooks who they deem worthy of a spot inside the MasterChef Kitchen. Once they've picked their eight hopefuls, the judges will then personally mentor them throughout the competition in pursuit of making them the next MasterChef USA champion, which comes with a $250,000 prize.
And, if more than one judge wishes to award an apron to a contestant, the contestant is allowed to decide which judge will be their mentor!
As usual there are the Mystery Boxes, Skills Tests and Elimination challenges all designed to push the contestants to the limit, until the lucky winner is revealed.