Thirty amateur chefs compete against one another as they prepare their signature dish, in hopes of moving through to the next stage of the competition.
The 22 contestants remaining are set a challenge to create a unique dish in 90 minutes using dessert ingredients.
The top 20 home cooks take on the biggest team field challenge in MasterChef history as they serve 500 men and women of America's armed forces in the Mojave Desert.
The contestants take on a seafood challenge. The winner gets a significant advantage over the rest of their competition.
The remaining contestants prepare an upscale seafood dinner for a wedding by the sea. The teams fight through emotions and tension with the losing team facing a challenge involving steak and fries.
The mystery box challenge sees the remaining contestants having to prepare a unique dish using various canned foods.
The remaining contestants need to put aside their differences and work in pairs to make a restaurant quality surf and turf dish.
The remaining fourteen chefs are put into two teams and have to take command of the kitchen at Dinah's, one of the busiest diners in Los Angeles.
The remaining 13 chefs face their next challenge.
The remaining home cooks have to create romantic dinners for couples celebrating their anniversaries. Gordon introduces a special guest for the evening, his wife.
The remaining contestants are challenged when they have to decide between two mystery boxes.
Eric Dickerson features in a special football challenge for the remaining cooks.
The cooks are split into four teams of two and are required to cook dishes using different parts of a chicken.
The top 7 contestants compete against one another, in a challenge to prepare a savory apple dish.
The remaining six cooks compete in teams and take over a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles. The losing team competes individually in a unique croquembouche pressure test.
Joined by VIP kitchen guests, the cooks prepare dishes inspired by loved ones; the cooks face a challenge involving rare protein dishes.
A final team challenge establishes who will move on to the top three.
The remaining three contestants have to create dishes for a judging panel of well known chefs representing all 50 states.
The judges reveal America's next 'Masterchef' who will walk away with a 'Masterchef' trophy, a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.