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Stars Compete In A Culinary Battle For Charity On The Two-hour Special "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown," Monday, January 18, On FOX

December 18, 2015 - Get ready for the ultimate snack-down when award-winning judge Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi invite celebrities into the MASTERCHEF kitchen to battle it out against each other for charity on the first-ever MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, airing Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The two-hour special tests the culinary skills of the celebrity competitors, and also pits previous MASTERCHEF winners against some of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s Season Four contestants, as they compete in the following showdowns to win a cash prize for the charities of their choice.

Here are the four battles:

Gigi Hadid vs. Devon Windsor
International supermodels Gigi Hadid (@GigiHadid) and Devon Windsor (@devwindsor) walk from the runway to the kitchen while competing for charities close to their hearts, Global Lyme Alliance (www.globallymealliance.org/) and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (www.stlouischildrens.org/), respectively.

Terry Crews and Rebecca Crews vs. Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker
Two cooks are better than one in the couples’ battle. BROOKLYN NINE NINE star and WORLD’S FUNNIEST host Terry Crews (@terrycrews) and his wife, Rebecca Crews (@rebeccakcrews), represent Polaris Project (https://polarisproject.org/), while THE LAST MAN ON EARTH’s Boris Kodjoe (@BorisKodjoe) and wife, Nicole Ari Parker’s (@nicolearip) charity of choice is Sophie’s Voice Foundation (www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org/).

Kaitlin Doubleday vs. Ta’Rhonda Jones
Find out who reigns in the kitchen when EMPIRE actresses Kaitlin Doubleday (@KaitlinDday) and Ta’Rhonda Jones (@TaRhondajay) compete for their charities, Best Friends Animal Society (http://bestfriends.org/)  and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (www.bradycampaign.org/), respectively.                        

MASTERCHEF Winners vs. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Four Contestants
In their first head-to-head battle ever, it’s MASTERCHEF vs. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.  MASTERCHEF (@MASTERCHEFonFOX) winners Luca Manfe, Christine Ha and Claudia Sandoval battle it out for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (www.lafoodbank.org/), while Season Four MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (@MasterChefJrFOX) contestants Addison, Amaya and Zac compete for Food on Foot (www.foodonfoot.org/).

MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.  “Like” MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX and www.facebook.com/MasterChef. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJrFOX and @MasterChefonFOX and join the discussion with #MCShowdown. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay - @gordonramsay; Christina Tosi - @christinatosi.

About One Potato Two Potato
Renowned for award-winning original programming, One Potato Two Potato produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, the blockbuster MASTERCHEF and irresistible spin-off MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, all for FOX; as well as “Best New Restaurant” and competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., OPTP produces “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape,” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen,” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; and “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC. OPTP has also produced two instructional cookery series featuring Gordon Ramsay, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course,” both of which have sold all over the globe.

About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. And subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series, including “Below Deck” (Bravo), “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), BULLSEYE (FOX), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “It Takes a Church” (GSN), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), “Knife Fight” (Esquire),  MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Swamp People” (History), “The Island” (NBC), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU),”T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT) and many more.

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