MasterChef Judges

MasterChef Judges

MasterChef judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich, Christina Tosi and Aarón Sánchez test the culinary skills of amateur chefs from the USA with a number of culinary challenges.

Gordon Ramsay was a MasterChef judge for all ten seasons of MasterChef.

Graham Elliot was a MasterChef judge for the first six seasons of MasterChef.

Joe Bastianich was a MasterChef judge for the first five seasons and seasons 9 and 10 of MasterChef.

Christina Tossi was a MasterChef judge for seasons 6 - 8 of MasterChef.

Aarón Sánchez was a MasterChef judge for seasons 7 - 10 of MasterChef.

Continue reading to read more about the MasterChef judges.


Gordon Ramsay Gordon Ramsay is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur. Gordon has appeared on a number of hit television shows including Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, Hotel Hell and 24 Hours to Hell and Back.

Gordon's culinary career began with an apprenticeship under Marco Pierre White and training positions with Albert Roux including a year in France working with Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy.

Gordon gained his first Michelin stars as Head Chef at Aubergine before opening his first restaurant Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998, which gained three Michelin stars.

Gordon has opened a further 30 restaurants and has gained 16 Michelin stars at these restaurants.

Gordon has written over 20 cookbooks and was awarded an OBE in 2006. He was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.

Gordon lives in the UK with his wife Tana and five children Megan, Holly, Jack, Tilly and Oscar.


Graham Elliot Graham Elliot is an American celebrity chef and restaurateur. Graham appeared as a MasterChef judge on the first six seasons of MasterChef and three seasons of MasterChef Junior, became a judge on Top Chef in 2016 and joined Family Food Fight in 2019.

Graham's culinary career began in Vermont before he moved to the Mansion on Turtle Creek, working under acclaimed Chef Dean Fearing.

Graham moved to Chicago where he won accolade by being the youngest chef to gain four stars in Chicago publications and was named as one of Food & Wine’s "Best New Chefs".

Graham opened his first restaurant Graham Elliot in 2008 and he gained two Michelin stars. Later in 2018, he opened Coast at MGM Cotai and Petit Harvest in July 2019.

Graham lost an amazing 150 pounds in 2013 for health reasons and to improve family life with his wife Allie and sons Conrad, Mylo, and Jedediah


Joe Bastianich Joe Bastianich is an American celebrity restaurateur and winemaker. Joe appeared as a MasterChef judge on the first five seasons and seasons 9 - 10 of MasterChef and seasons 1,3 and 6 of MasterChef Junior.

Joe's career in the restaurant industry began with opening his first restaurant Becco with his business partner, his mother Lidia Bastianich. They have since opened over 30 restaurants in their partnership.

Joe opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca with Mario Batali that gained a Michelin star and three stars in The New York Times, the first Italian in 40 years to do so.

The pair opened a further ten hugely successful restaurants with Del Posto becoming the fifth restaurant ever to gain four stars from The New York Times.

Joe owns a number of vineyards with his mother and business partner Mario Batali. The Bastianich family purchased The Bastianich vineyards in 1997.

Joe has written five books on food and wine and he and Mario won the Outstanding Restaurateur Award by the James Beard Foundation.

Joe lives in New York City with his wife Deanna and their three children - Olivia, Ethan and Miles


Christina Tossi Christina Tossi is an American chef. Christina appeared as a MasterChef judge on seasons 6,7 and 8 and on MasterChef Junior seasons 4-7.

Christina worked in a number of fine dining restaurants before arriving at Momofuku to help with food safety regulations. Her work impressed David Chang so she was put in charge of their pastry programme.

David encouraged Christina to open her own shop when space became available next door to Momofuku Ssam Bar and in 2008 Momofuku Milk Bar was born under David's brand.

In 2020, there are sixteen Milk Bar outlets across the USA with one in Toronto, Canada co-owned by her and David.

Christina has written three cookery books Momofuku Milk Bar, Milk Bar Life and All About Cake.

Christina won the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award in 2012 and the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Award in 2015.

Christina lives in New York with her husband Will Guidara.


Aarón Sánchez Aarón Sánchez is an American chef and restaurateur. Aarón appeared as a MasterChef judge on seasons 7-10 and MasterChef Junior season 7 and has appeared on multiple Food Network shows.

Aarón was raised in the culinary world as his mother is restaurateur Zarela Martinez famed for Café Marimba. Aarón started cooking in the kitchen at a young age and at 16 he was sent to work under Paul Prudhomme over the summer.

Aarón opened Johnny Sánchez in both Baltimore and New Orleans in 2014 with his partners. The baltimore location closed in 2017 and they are planning to open further locations.

Aarón has written two cookery books on Latin-America and Mexican cooking and a memoir.

Aarón has won a James Beard Award for Television Studio Program and has appeared at the White House as a guest chef

Aarón launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund (ASSF) in 2016 and is a partner in Daredevil Tattoo in NYC. He is involved with a number of NY based charities as a chef ambassador for WhyHunger and Food Bank NYC.

Aarón lives in New York and has a son Yuma.

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