MasterChef season 12 premiere: All-Stars crave kitchen redemption

MASTERCHEF: Contestants in the season premiere of MASTERCHEF airing Wed. May 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX
MASTERCHEF: Contestants in the season premiere of MASTERCHEF airing Wed. May 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX /

Over the seasons, MasterChef has had many fan favorite cooks who didn’t quite achieve the ultimate culinary title. On the MasterChef season 12 premiere, these All-Stars are ready for a second chance. Can they prove to Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich that their cooking skills have improved?

According to FOX, the MasterChef season 12 premiere, “Back To Win – Audition Battles” features the following:

"Season 12 of MASTERCHEF is all about redemption, when All-Star competitors from the last 11 seasons return to the show to see if they have learned from their past mistakes. For the first time ever, MASTERCHEF is re-opening the door to some of the most memorable and talented cooks in the competition’s history, including two MASTERCHEF Junior Edition cooks now competing as adults! 40 chefs get called back to audition, but only 20 will claim a coveted white apron. The returning chefs compete in groups of four in head-to-head audition battles. In each round, the two chefs that create the most impressive comeback dish will secure a spot this season in an encore of the “Back to Win – Audition Battles” season premiere episode of MASTERCHEF."

Bringing together 20 former contestants and two former MasterChef Junior contestants, the pool is quite deep. Even though no one earned the title, their cooking skills were quite impressive on their respective seasons.

While many people will be rooting for a fan favorite, this FOX cooking competition is not about winning the popular vote. The flavors, techniques and final product have to impress three of the most refined palates.

The key to this season will be to see how the cooks have continued their culinary knowledge. Just like a regular season of MasterChef, it is often about the journey. Sometimes it isn’t about the most elevated technique. It can be about the cook who has learned from her mistakes, made improvements and listened along the way.

Although some food television fans might have a favorite from a previous season, the MasterChef Season 12 premiere might tell a different story. That quirky cook might have grown up and the arrogant one might have mellowed. Still, if that plate of food doesn’t speak volumes, they will not earn an apron.

Be sure to watch the MasterChef Season 12 premiere May 25 at 8 p.m.