MASTERCHEF is a culinary competition designed to find and reward the best home cook in America. Hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, the series brings together 100 passionate amateur cooks from across the country. After presenting their dishes to a panel of judges -- including Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and four-star chef Graham Elliot -- 30 make the cut to compete in future rounds. After each challenge -- which includes preparation contests, taste tests, and catering events -- another cook is eliminated. The last one cooking wins $250,000 and a chance to publish their own cookbook.