Graham Elliot Departing MasterChef

MasterChef Graham Elliot

MasterChef will soon have one less cook in the kitchen.

Graham Elliot, who has served as a judge on the Fox reality series and its Junior spinoff since their inception, is departing both shows, TVLine has learned.

“It has been an awesome experience to be part of the MasterChef family,” Elliot said in a statement. “I learned so much from the people I got to work with and it has been a true honor to share my love of cooking with the audiences who have allowed me into their homes over the last six years. I remain committed to using my passion for cooking as a way to entertain and teach people of all ages and will be making some exciting announcements about the next steps of that journey in the new year.”

Added MasterChef host Gordon Ramsay: “We’ve all loved having Graham as part of the MasterChef family, and the exciting and interesting part of reality television is that it’s always evolving and changing.”

Elliot will step down after MasterChef Junior ends its current fourth season, airing Fridays at 8/7c. A replacement is expected to be announced in 2016.

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