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Fox orders fourth season of 'MasterChef Junior'

Fox orders fourth season of 'MasterChef Junior'
From left, Joe Bastianich, Season 1 winner Alexander Weiss, Gordon Ramsay and judge Elliot Graham. (Greg Gayne / Fox)

Good news for fans of Gordon Ramsay's kinder, gentler side: "MasterChef Junior," the kid version of his reality competition cooking show "MasterChef," has been renewed by Fox for a fourth season.

The notoriously fiery Ramsay may have a reputation on his shows "MasterChef" and "Hell's Kitchen," but as the father of four, he knows how do dial it down for the wee ones. Which is not to say the budding chefs don't occasionally burst into tears when their food is criticized.

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The series, a spinoff of "MasterChef," features competitors between the ages of 8 and 13. No matter where you are in that age range, tears are never far from the surface.

For the new seasons of both "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior," Ramsay is also adding a new chef, Christina Tosi, owner of New York City's dessert-based restaurant Momofuku Milk Bar, to the judging panel. Tosi will join Ramsay and Graham Elliot.

The sixth season of "MasterChef" is in production and will air this summer. Production of "MasterChef Junior's" fouth season will begin this spring.

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