It’s been nearly two months since the finale of MasterChef Australia Season 2 aired seeing Adam Liaw crowned Australia’s next MasterChef – and what a long few months it has been. But just when we are learning how to fill our evenings again, Junior MasterChef has landed on our doorsteps beginning Sunday 12th September. And not a moment too soon.

There is a synergy between the intentions of The Food Book and Junior MasterChef – both have the intention to inspire young people to experiment in the kitchen; to empower them with skills, knowledge and hands-on experience with food and ultimately to offer a passion and appreciation of food and cooking that lasts a lifetime.

The Food Book has several other notable MasterChef connections. Our food photographer Brent Parker Jones was a Top 20 contestant from Season 1 of MasterChef Australia. Glenn Flood our chef, recipe consultant and video host is a consultant on Junior MasterChef and has also just taken on the huge role of Food Producer for Season 3 of MasterChef Australia (the grown up version!). In short, we like to think of The Food Book as part of the extended MasterChef Australia family.

So when the Junior MasterChef team contacted us and asked Oxford University Press to sponsor Junior MasterChef by supplying copies of The Food Book to each of the Top 50 contestants we happily obliged. In fact, we were thrilled to be involved and support the program in this way and love the fact that the talented young people on this program might choose to use recipes and skills from The Food Book to inspire their kitchen creations.

The Food Book team were privileged to visit the Junior MasterChef set and although sworn to secrecy, we agree with Gary Mehigan’s statement in one of the commercials – “this program has the potential to change how a nation eats”. This group of 8-12 year olds definitely know how to cook.

Make sure you tune-in on Sunday 12th September for the first episode and encourage your colleagues and students to watch too and if you are using The Food Book at your school, be sure to tell your students that their book is being used on JMC!

For more information about Junior MasterChef visit:

Here are four easy ways to purchase The Food Book:

  1. Visit or contact your local education bookstore and purchase a copy
  2. Contact your nearest Oxford representative by phone or email
  3. Print this form and fax it back to us with your order details: 1800 813 602
  4. Email or phone Oxford University Press Customer Service with your order details: / 1300 650 616