Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for MasterChef Junior Season 8.
Sixteen young and hopeful finalists entered the kitchen to compete on the eighth season of MasterChef Junior back in March of 2022 and, each week, judges Gordon Ramsay, Daphne Oz, and Aarón Sánchez sent one chef home.
Now, only two contestants remain in the competition.
While we don't yet know which pre-teen will secure the MasterChef trophy, the title, bragging rights, and the $100,000 cash prize, we do know when the Season 8 finale will air. Thanks to a pre-semifinals switch, the penultimate episode aired on a different night. Some viewers were, therefore, a bit confused about when exactly the finale would come out. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the end of the season.
When is the 'MasterChef Junior' finale for Season 8?
Though most of the season aired on Thursday nights, MasterChef Junior briefly moved to a Tuesday night ahead of the semifinals. The penultimate episode of the season aired on Fox on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET.
The fifteenth and final episode of the season will air the following week, but it will go back to its regular Thursday night time slot. The Season 8 finale will air on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET. Before the final two chefs face off by making a three-course meal, a special will air from 8 p.m. ET until 9 p.m. ET that will show the highlights from the season.
Only two chef remain after the 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8 semifinals.
After Molly Leighninger's elimination on the June 2 episode, only Liya, Grayson, and Ivy remained in the competition.
Grayson is an 11-year-old from Austin, Texas, and he was the oldest semifinalist for Season 8. He was up against Ivy, an eight-year-old from Darien, Connecticut, who was one of the youngest chefs on the season.
Longtime frontrunner Liya was the third cheftestant who battled it out in the semifinals. The 10-year-old hails from Scarsdale, NY.
Once their loved ones arrived in the kitchen to cheer them on, the three semifinalists were tasked with creating a dish inspired by their families. Grayson, Liya, and Ivy had just one hour to create a meal to impress the judges, and to earn a highly-coveted spot in the finale.
After Gordon, Daphne, and Aarón deliberated, the judges decided to send Ivy home. The contestant was disappointed to not make it to the finals, but her competitors had slightly stronger performances in the semifinals.
Now, only Grayson and Liya remain. Which chef will be the next winner of MasterChef Junior? You'll have to tune in on June 23 to find out.