Bastianich, out. Tosi, in. In December, we reported that Joe Bastianich will be leaving the MasterChef and MasterChef Junior series to work on an Italian travelogue series. Fox just announced that they will be renewing both shows, with James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi to come on board as the third judge, as Bastianich’s replacement.
“MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior,” said Tosi. “I'm incredibly humbled by the opportunity and excited to pay forward all that I owe to learning what you’re made of in the home kitchen, and putting your neck on the line to show what you’ve got to the rest of the world."
Tosi has become famous for her addictive pastry creations at David Chang’s Momofuku pastry spin-off, Momofuku Milk Bar. She is the co-owner and founder of the famous New York-oriented sweet spot, wielding creations like her famed crack pie and birthday cake bonbons.
“Christina is one of the most exciting, dynamic and inspirational people in food today, whose brilliant ideas and incredible work ethic have resulted in a meteoric rise in the culinary world,” MasterChef judge and executive producer Gordon Ramsay told Hollywood Reporter. “I have tremendous respect for her opinions, and she’ll be an incredible judge and phenomenal mentor to the best home cooks in America.”
The sixth season of MasterChef will premiere this summer.