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Joe Bastianich to Quit ‘MasterChef’ After This Season

Joe Bastianich to Quit ‘MasterChef’ After This Season

Bastianich announced his plans to exit the American version of the series, and will be working more in Italy

We wonder who will be able to replace Bastianich’s stern face.

It seems that MasterChef fans (and contestants) will have to do without the cringe-worthy moment when Joe Bastianich quietly throws a plate of a chef’s food in the garbage. Bastianich, son of Lidia Bastianich and one half of the Eataly empire, announced his plans to exit Fox’s MasterChef as a judge after the upcoming season of MasterChef Junior next year, according to Variety. Shine America, the production team behind MasterChef, is currently looking for a third judge to join the team alongside Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot, but no decisions have been made yet.

"Joe has played an integral role in the success of both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and we all appreciate his incredible culinary insight, sense of humor, and passion,” said the show’s producers in a statement. “He will always remain a member of the MasterChef family."

The third season of MasterChef Junior will premiere in January, one month after this season’s finale. After taking his leave, Bastianich will remain a judge for MasterChef Italia, Italy’s version of the show. He will also continue producing a travelogue series called On the Road for Italy’s Sky Network, and will be a mentor/host on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Joe Bastianich Sounds Off on His MasterChef Exit

FOX

A cook has left the kitchen.

Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010.

"After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page.

And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind.

At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, Bastianich said, "I had a great experience. It was a show that changed my life. I stepped away."

And Bastianich pointed out that he hasn't totally left the franchise, saying, "I continue to do MasterChef Italy."

For now, the Italian restaurateur's focus is on the hit CNBC series he serves as a producer and investor on, saying he's "currently very involved in Restaurant Startup," but added he is, "looking for more opportunity to do television."

But it doesn't sound like that includes a return to MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as he said his time on the series "will always be a fond memory."

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Fox recently renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season, adding a new judge to replace Bastianich on it, as well as the original MasterChef: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Ramsay and Elliot, first appearing on the sixth season of MasterChef when it premieres this summer.

"MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a statement. "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!"


Watch the video: The Real Reason Joe Bastianich Left MasterChef (November 2021).