Funny / MasterChef

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     Season 2 
  • Funny moments during the auditions:
    • There's Dustin's audition. Gordon's enthusiasm over the sausage roll, especially with the care Dustin puts into it, culminates in him cleaning the plate before Joe and Graham can even taste it.
      • Gordon: (After Graham jokingly calls Sausage Rolls "Hot Dogs") Hot Dog?! Don't insult the *** Sausage Roll!
      • Gordon calls DIBS on the first taste and cleans his dish promptly.
      • Dustin's Sausage Roll included an "Italian Twist". After Joe tastes it, he says this:
        Joe: If I didn't know any better, I'd accuse you of pandering to the judges, but obviously works...
    • A Scottish lady named Pauline auditioned with a dish containing haggis. Gordon was ecstatic when he learned that the lady was also from Glasgow and her dish made him so homesick that he enthusiastically gave her a Yes. When Joe and Graham are introduced to what Haggis is, Joe didn't like it, while Graham did, resulting in her having one No and two Yes. After she leaves, both Graham and Gordon turn to Joe and ask him "What is wrong with you?!" Graham jokes that the process of the haggisnote  sound like all Scottish food was made on a dare.
  • Gordon demonstrates how to use a knife to peel apples and demands similar precise cuts from the contestants. Derrick, in confessional...
    Derrick: Yeah, but wasn't that why peelers were invented?
  • Gordon and Graham drive up to the team challenge location in motorcycles wearing traditional biker shirts and jackets. And then Joe comes from behind driving a vespa in his normal suit, much to the contestants' amusement.
    Gordon: What took you so long?
    Joe: Hey listen. That may be fast, but this is stylish.
  • In Episode 9 (where the challenge was to recreate S1's Whitney's dish), most of the contestants were failing at it until Ben's turn. Joe yells at him and praises him immediately.

    Season 3 
  • During Monti's audition, she told the audience that she has a 2 year old son named "Danger"
    Monti: He's gonna love me for that later when he's in college.
  • During Luca's first audition, he and Joe have a brief conversation in Italian, where Joe is asking him what part of Italy is he from and how's he handling the last preparations of his polenta. When Gordon asks him what they're talking about, Joe replies this:
  • After Ryan unsuccesfully pins his target on Christine and Monti, Monti ends up turning the tables by surprising Gordon with "Scotch Eggs breaded with canned crab".
    • Gordon asks her "What were you smoking when you thought this dish?"
    • Monti gets touched when Gordon tells her that she's not a fluke and should be more confident. Immediately, we cut to confessional.
  • Christine, who is blind, is often left utterly confused at her fellow contestants' reactions whenever the contents of a mystery box are revealed. Then it came the Mystery Box Challenge and the special guest judge.
    Monti: Shut your mouth... [Paula Deen is revealed to be underneath the giant mystery box] SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!
    Christine: What?
    Becky: It's Paula Deen.
    Christine: SHUT UP!
    • In the episode which Christine made a Crab Creviche (which is also her MoA), Gordon asked if she was really blind (as the dish looked as good as it tasted) by asking what his eye color is. Christine told him that she had been asking others to describe the judges to her. Graham immediately declares that he is tall and thin and Joe is short and fat.
  • Season 3, during a challenge involving different types of fish: Gordon chews out Tali for producing an inferior dish with arctic char, after he described the dish in the same way a painter would describe a painting:
    Gordon: It's called Masterchef, not Master-bate!
    * camera cuts to Josh chuckling and Monti covering her mouth in an attempt to hold her laughter*
  • in episode 6, everyone is reacting in disgust to the Offal being used as ingredients, except for Christine. She admits that being blind in that situation is likely an advantage.

    Season 4 
  • Episode 9's ethnic ingredients mystery box. While contestants' various reactions to them are worth a chuckle, a particular gem comes from dried fat choy/Chinese black moss.
    Bri: *bewildered* What is this?
    Krissi: This is, Chinese pubic hair.
    Howard: It's like a halloween costume put in bag.
    *camera cuts to judges playing with the dried moss as a beard, hair and moustache costume*
    James: *after tasting the dried moss* That's hair. That's, that's a legitimate bag of hair.
    *camera cuts to the judges*
    Joe: We have to be really hungry to eat this. *chuckles*
    *camera cuts to Bri again, reluctantly putting the dried moss into boiling water*
  • Episode 6's pressure test tasked the contestants to make a dozen cupcakes. When Jessie presents her batch to Joe, he opens the box to reveal that they're bite-sized. Graham compares the sight to a game of Whack-A-Mole, and Joe just stares down completely baffled.
  • Krissi who is a huge fangirl of Lidia Bastianich, Joe's mother, gives this quote:
    Krissi: If Jesus came down and stood next to Lidia, I'd be like "What's up, dude. Lidia! How are you?"
  • After Krissi's team lost, she is given the option to save herself or compete in the pressure test, choosing the first. What makes it funny is that everybody next to her, instead of being furious, are laughing, given the fact that she criticized Jordan for doing the same a few episodes ago. While Jordan outright called her out on it, James gave another snark moment at the confession cam.
  • When the final six cooks are left, three are invited back to try and win an apron. One of them is Bime, and since no one liked him, no one is clapping when he returns... except Luca.
    James: Stop clapping.
    Luca: I like Bime!
  • One challenge began with the chefs having to catch a live bird in the pantry, which had been assigned to each of them by the previous challenge's winner. Luca was assigned a turkey. Turkeys are not found in his home country of Italy.
    Luca: What is that, a peacock?
    • Luca trying to catch the turkey and getting intimidated by it instead.
    • Jordan couldn't even find his quail. Meanwhile, Bri's sitting over there cooing to her pigeon...
      Bri: You should like me. I'm a vegetarian.
    • During a cutaway, before it's revealed that the cooks have been given pre-prepared cutlets of their birds to use, bearded Texan manly-man James remarks thusly:
      James: I am very relieved that I did not have to strangle a duck in front of other people. Seems more like a private thing.

    Season 5 
  • Episode 3: After Leslie successfully presents a perfect blueberry pie, Daniel comments on it.
    Daniel: Leslie nails a pie. He’s been around for a while, so he probably knew Betty Crocker.
  • Episode 4: Ahran wins her Mystery Box and gets to assign Doughnuts as the Elimination dish, aiming specially at Courtney, which turns wonderful when she screws up her dough and is left with no more yeast to make another. Ahran watches in delight while Courtney goes around asking everyone for a pack of yeast and everybody refuses to help her, with Victoria flat out telling in the confessional cam that even if she had, nobody in their right mind would give her anything, and others already saying goodbye to her, if not for Francis L.
  • Episode 5: While Francis B., Jordan, and Leslie are competing in the pressure test, Christine and Courtney are giving tips to Francis B. because they don't want to see him go home. Cue Francis L. swiftly walking (borderline materializing out of thin air) in between them, calmly admonishing them:
  • Episode 7: Cutter and Dan end up in a pressure test after failing to work together to produce a good surf-and-turf dish, and Cutter fails to create a proper plate of spring rolls. Joe did not let up on him:
    Joe: If you go home tonight, will you send Dan a postcard from Texas?
    Cutter: No chef...some people just don't work very well together.
    • Same episode. Ahran and Leslie are working together, and Leslie is still referring to Ahran as "Iran".
      Ramsay: For God's sake - you're still getting her name wrong, and it pisses her off every time you do it! Repeat after me. "AH!"
      Leslie: AH!
      Ramsay: Ran!
      Leslie: Ran!
      • He makes him repeat it twice, and it seems to have stuck (thank God).
      • After getting it right, Gordon tells Ahran that one of her consolation facts for this challenge is that Leslie is "her bitch" for the rest of it.
    • Another funny moment was watching Courtney constantly swishing her hair in annoyance and pursing her lips as she watched her plans to get rid of Christian fall apart. Amusingly, Ramsay commented on her heels (which have been a point of contention for fans) while sending her up to the balcony, saying "Don't get those heels stuck in the stairs on the way up, yeah?"
  • Episode 8: For the pressure test, Willie has been given a choice to either save himself (and sacrifice the whole Blue team), or save three members of his team (and sacrifice himself). Ahran says that she's sure that Willie will choose to save three people, because that's the "good guy" thing to do. The show promptly cuts to Courtney, who says "Well, of course I'd save myself over my team!"
    • Later that episode, during the red velvet cake pressure test, Dan is struggling, and Jaimee (who is a baker's assistant) gives a play-by-play from the balcony:
    Jaimee: "Use a spatula!"
  • Episode 9.
    • The Mystery Box challenge consisted in fileting salmon and making a dish with it. Then it's revealed that the three judges are also partaking in the challenge as well. How did they divide their roles?
      Gordon: I'm gonna filet it, Graham is gonna cook it, and Joe...
      Joe: I'm gonna eat it.
      • Later when Gordon is filleting the salmon with his amazing skills, Graham and Joe comment on how it's an awesome opportunity to get a master class on how to handle a salmon... and nobody is watching Gordon. Cue to many of the contestants making a mess with their fishnote 
      • Gordon finished filetting the salmon in less than five minutes, cut it in fourteen perfect portions.
      Elizabeth: In that amount of time, I'd literally walked to the pantry and got a cauliflower.
      Joe: Wow. Please describe the dish.
      Graham: Crispy skin wild King Salmon with some red beet shred, crispy golden beet watercress, that's finished with lemon yoghurt as well as a vanilla bean pistachio vinaigrette.
      Joe: Very good. Looks delicious.
      Graham: Thank you. Enjoy.
      [Joe samples the entree]
      Graham: How was it?
      Joe: It was perfect. The creamy richness of the yoghurt, the salmon perfectly cooked. Light, summerful. Delicious. You have a great future in this, kid.
      Graham: I hope so. Thank you, sir!
    • For the elimination test, the contestants are working with ingredients selected by Joe, wine being among those ingredients. Leslie is shown taking several swigs of wine while preparing his dish, and it doesn't go unnoticed:
    Joe: "Hey Leslie, try not to get tanked."
    Leslie: "I'm 56, that's all I do!"
    • Before that, after each of the judges pick their baskets, Gordon refers to his as "the most inspired basket". Then refers as his as "Heart of England", Graham's as "Home Fresh" (which contained mostly organic produce) and Joe's as "Fancy, Pompous, Olive-Oily", to which Joe gives an annoyed look at Gordon in response.
    • When it's Cutter's turn, he presents an "Artisan Pizza" (which is a flat dough with no yeast and looks like a kid made it). After Gordon stares at it baffled and asks him why he calls this "Artisan", he replies that he did because the pizza place he goes to calls them like that. Then Gordon says this.
    Gordon: Well, my name is Gordon Ramsay, not Stevie Wonder.
  • Episode 10: Francis L. showing up in a black studded blazer, purple top and purple kilt.
    • In the very first episode, he exclaims "Holy buggering bollocks!" at the beginning of the pressure test.
    • Also in episode 10, during the pressure test evaluation. Cutter, after under-performing for several episodes, delivers some chocolate truffles that Graham and Joe give big praise to in both taste and presentation. Then comes Gordon, with a serious face, tells him he disagrees with his fellow judges and that the truffles look clumsy and everybody looks solemn... then seconds later Gordon smiles big, says he's kidding, and everyone bursts laughing.
    Gordon: Personally, I think Joe and Graham are full of crap. I mean, they look like you. Clumsy.
    Cutter: Yes sir.
    Gordon: [beat] Just kidding, Cutter, they look great!
    Cutter: [chuckles in relief] Damn it!
    Courtney: That was so mean!
    Cutter: [still chuckling] You want me to die right here?
  • Episode 13: The contestants are tasked to group in pairs for the following challenge, and it gets plenty of funny moments.
    • Everyone starts to swarm on Elizabeth, with her commenting she wished she was this popular in high school.
    • On the other hand, Courtney wonders why nobody wants to pair with her. Daniel then says this bit.
    Daniel: How do I tell Courtney “Never not in a million years”.
    • Leslie wins over Elizabeth. How?
    Elizabeth: Leslie basically says “You could have complete creative control”. And I’m like “SOLD!”
  • Episode 14: Courtney ended up in the top three again for the Mystery Box challenge. Elizabeth wasn't happy:
    Elizabeth: If Courtney wins another Mystery Box challenge, I am going to stab kittens.
    • Sure enough, Courtney won.
  • Episode 16: Elizabeth won the Mystery Box challenge, and was given the chance to assign the other four contestants one of four rare proteins: ox heart, veal brain, lamb tongue, and finally, two identical pink, veiny, oval shaped proteins from a buffalo. Ramsay asked Elizabeth if she knew what they were:
    Elizabeth: (in the most blunt, deadpan, matter-of-fact tone possible) "Those are balls, Chef."
  • Elizabeth posting "Remember that time the stripper won?" on her Facebook page after the finale aired is quite amusing. She did congratulate Leslie and Courtney via Twitter, though.
  • This, in reference to Joe's infamous "I can taste it with my brain" remark to Courtney.

    Season 6 
  • An elimination challenge involves making chicken & waffles, and Tommy (who has Creole roots) couldn't be happier with their assignment during one of the cutaways:
    Tommy: "I love chicken and waffles more than the church loves sin."
  • U.S. Season 6 saw some truly surreal moments from the spacey, but formidable urban gardener Stephen:
    • During a challenge where contestants are separated into producing a savory or a sweet corn dish, it falls upon previous challenge winner Jesse to choose who gets to produce what in the form of marked baskets. When it's Stephen's turn for a basket...
    Stephen: (utterly deadpan) Listen, you’re going to give me the basket that I want or you will become my mission in life.
    • Later during the same event, Stephen appears to be correcting Gordon on how he's supposed to taste the challenge-winning corn tamales he produced, while Gordon looks about ready to smack him upside the head.
    • He and Shelly become team leaders in Las Vegas challenge, with him choosing between picking his protein (lobster or chicken) or his teammates. Instead, he plays Reverse Psychology and makes the lobster sound difficult for Shelly, which actually gives him the jackpot by giving him both his ingredient AND his dream team. Shelly's face and Stephen's gloating is what makes it hilarious.
    • When Stephen wins a mystery box challenge, he's told one of his advantages is to halve someone's cooking time. Cut to confessional where he brings up a cardboard hit list where he's ranked his competition, and intricately goes over the rankings that put Derrick up top.
    • Also, this gem.
    Stephen: The closest I’ve gotten to flambé is burning my house down in 1997.
    • In later episodes, Gordon appears to have embraced Stephen's intensity, regularly getting into playful shouting contests with him, complete with fists pounded on the table.
  • In "Rice, Rice, Baby", Tommy wins his first mystery box challenge with an andouille sausage jambalaya, and during the critique by the judges, Gordon accidentally gets a little too loose with his language:
    Gordon: Tonight I think you brought it. It tastes authentic, it looks good. Focus on the food, because when you cook like this, you're a dream.
    Tommy: Thank you, chef.
    Gordon: And I want Tommy the dream, I want to wake up *with* you.
    The other contestants look at Gordon confused, until he realizes what he just said.
    The other contestants and judges laugh at Gordon.
    Graham: The truth comes out!
    *camera cuts to Stephen shuddering*
    • Tommy's additional snark from his cutaway also sells it.
    Tommy: Gordon Ramsay loves my dish so much, he wants to wake up with me. Gordon Ramsay! You are such a bad boy!

    Season 7 
  • Episode 11 had this exchange during the Mystery Box challenge.
    Edward: (to Eric) You're in the Top 10 now. Who are you the most afraid of?
    Eric: My neighbour. My neighbour Shaun.
    Shaun: I'm very honored, but he's a good cook as well.
    Dan: No one is afraid of Dan?
    Shaun and Eric: No.
    Edward: You know what, Dan? I'm afraid of you, thought. But for many reasons other than cooking.
    Dan: Actually I appreciate that.
  • In Episode 12, Gordon asks all the Final 8 who are they the most afraid of. Each one in order answer "Shaun" without a doubt. When it's Shaun's turn, Gordon instead tells him "No pressure".
  • There's a challenge in which the chefs have to cook in pairs for a large group of food critics. Brandi and Shaun decide to cook halibut and Chef Ramsay is immediately skeptical, first to the other judges and then to them. He comes over and suggests that they really ought to be cooking something else, as halibut is extremely difficult to get right. Brandi rightly points out that the judges are always telling them to take risks and Ramsay, bemused, says something like, "Yeah, but not this time. This is the one time to play it safe." As it turns out, it's a good thing Brandi and Shaun took the judges' advice... their original advice. The food critics largely love the halibut and they win the challenge.
  • In the finale, Ramsay and Christina sent the three finalists home to prepare for their final challenge, and then drove to each of their hometowns to check up on them. There's something about Ramsay being a Backseat Driver to Christina on their way to Brandi's hometown, a very rural town in Kentucky.

    Season 8 
  • Episode 6 has Gordon's reaction when Reba mentioned that her uncle likes to suck out squirrel's brain.
  • Episode 9's Cannoli pressure test, where the contestants had to make six cannolies, three of one flavour and three of another. Brien O'Brien only presented four, and Jeff just barely did better by presenting five. Then it came Newton's turn.
    Gordon: Newton, Newton, Newton. Give me something to rejoice, please.
    Newton: I count to six.
    Gordon: Oh. Give him a round of applause, everybody!
    (Everybody applauds with joy)
  • Cate hands out savory or sweet baskets for Episode 10's coconut elimination challenge after winning earlier mystery box challenge. Her strategy is to give the opposite basket her biggest competitors want to trip them off. When Eboni's turn comes and she says she wants savory basket with menacing looks...
    Gordon: If looks could kill...
    Cate: I'd be dead.
    Gordon: Yeah, you'd be dead right now.
    Cate: For sure.
    Gordon: Thank God you don't live in Chicago.
    Cate: Wait, I do live in Chicago!
    ** Eboni then gets what she wants.

Masterchef Junior

  • A bunch in the first episode of Masterchef Junior alone...
    • Gordon trying out Dara's headband and being a Shipper on Deck for two of the kids.
    • This conversation when Sarah's working on her dish.
    Gordon: Who makes the best chefs, girls or guys?
    Sarah: Girls.
    Gordon: Why?
    Sarah: Even in the olden days they were cooking and men were just sitting there watching TV. No offense to you.
    Gordon: No offense to me? Oh, am I from the olden days?
    Sarah: Yes, Chef.
  • The third episode of Masterchef Junior has three of the children (the top 3 performers of the previous challenge) face off on a whipped cream challenge. The results would be tested by having the kids hold the bowls upside down over the heads of the three judges. Needless to say, some messy fun ensued, including Gordon accidentally swearing after being covered in cream and quickly trying to save face by saying he meant "sugar", and Alexander - the only one of the three whose whipped cream stayed in the bowl - planting the upturned bowl of cream onto Graham's head anyhow.
    • During the challenge, Sarah screams at Gavin things like "Whip it! Whip like a man!" and "I don't want to see that arm stop moving!", like one seriously hardcore coach.
    Dara: "It was really funny, cause Sarah, next to me, she was like, "come on, come on"! And I was, like, this is a different side of Sarah."
    • This happens once more in season 2, only with having to cook pancakes and stack them as high as possible, with the losing judges having maple syrup poured over their heads. Highlights include Abby being as intense in her screaming as Sarah from the first season (with Logan, standing beside her, inching away with a scared look on his face), Gordon's utterly mortified face upon realizing that he'd be the first to be drenched, and Joe being drenched anyway by Sean after he thought he was safe.
  • Masterchef Junior episode 4: The image of Graham and Joe skipping into the pantry behind the much smaller Sarah.
  • Masterchef Junior episode 6...
    Gordon: [to Alexander] You cook like a chef, you sound like a chef, you look like Julia Child's lost grandson...
  • Even the Masterchef Junior finale wasn't completely serious.
    Gordon: Remind me again, what year were you born in?
    Alexander: 2000.
    Gordon: Dara?
    Dara: 2001.
    Gordon: 2001. So thanks for making me feel like an old fart.
    • The extra kicker to this? It aired on Gordon's birthday.
    • Minutes later, Joe tells Alexander who Johnny Cannoli is, since he called his dessert a Cannoli Napoleon.
  • Similarly to season 4's poultry challenge, the challenge in the second half of Junior's second season premiere involved live birds. When Gordon showed that one of the choices Natalie could pick was turkey (and having a bit of a hard time handling it), Luca tweeted that he knew it wasn't a peacock this time.
  • In the third season premier of Junior Edition, Gordon's response to one dish is "OMFG!" The kids gasp, and he clarifies that the F stands for "Food". The girl who's dish he's praising points out that he has a reputation.
  • Season 3 Episode 5, when Gordon's daughter Matilda Ramsay is the one who gives the elimination challenge. This video should tell you enough why the beginning of the challenge is funny.
  • In Season 4 episode 2's cupcake frosting challenge, Gordon yet again gets the priviledge of being the first one to have a giant bag of frosting poured on him. Gordon's first reaction to that is asking for recount. After accepting his fate, he makes a gesture like a little kid crying.
    • Kyndall's reaction to Christina getting dumped on with cupcake frosting in Confession Cam.
    Kyndall: No, no! Take off the shoes first! Take off the shoes first!

International Versions

  • In the first team challenge of the Spain version of Masterchef Junior, during the cooking process, the judge who is in charge of the blue team sends Noa (the youngest female contestant) to spy on the red team, by having her move over inside a big box with two holes cut out for her to see. Upon noticing, the judge aiding the red team picks out Aimar (the youngest male contestant) to stand near the box and talk about how their red team is "doing terribly", which Noa believes and lets her judge-in-charge know, making him (and herself) practically squee in delight. Cue the judge-in-charge for the red team sending out Aimar, having changed his red apron for a blue one, into the blue kitchen to sabotage them by changing the temperature in the ovens, only for several members of the blue team to grab on to Aimar, literally drag him out of their kitchen and back into his.
  • In a UK episode of the 2014 season, judge Greg demonstrates the disappointing thickness of a contestant's rice pudding by holding the bowl upside down over his head, and watching it stick.
  • In the UK version, 2016 series, during a crucial judging for contestant Liz:
    John Torode: I think it's really, really, very very good. Smoky pistachio nuts, peppery rich black pudding, sweet fig, yet sharp from the apple. Your sauce is rich and not too sticky to go with the fat sticky pork belly, but you can push it, just a little bit more salt, a little bit more pepper, because besides that, in my opinion it's faultless.
    Gregg Wallace: I could be wrong, but I think John Torode just told you to Push It with Salt 'n' Pepa...
    Entire studio erupts in laughter as John, Gregg and Liz all start imitating the riff...
  • One particular gem in Master Chef Indonesia Season 2 comes from an amazing Mood Whiplash after the judges "punished" one particular contestant named Vera who neglected testing her dish before plating, resulting in a very salty and sour dish. The session is filled with laughter and embarrassment until...
    Degan Septoaji: This is what we have to face. Everyday.
    Juna Rorimpandey: Don't worry, we don't take it to heart. One black apron and everything's cool. note 
    Vera: *gulp* Thank you.
    *Vera goes back to her station*
    Juna Rorimpandey: Oh, by the way, happy birthday! (the episode was recorded during the contestant's birthday)
    Vera: Thank you, chef!
    Juna Rorimpandey: Pressure test, m'kay?
    Vera: Please no, chef!
    Juna Rorimpandey: Hey, that's my present for you. A black apron.