In the Junior series, contestants are not eliminated every week, though four are eliminated at a time once the top 12 is decided. Every eliminated contestant receives a range of prizes.
Production of a junior version of the show was initially suggested in October 2009. The first series of the show, featuring 8- to 12-year-old contestants, was filmed after the second series of MasterChef Australia and began airing 12 September 2010 on Ten. In contrast to prior series, Junior MasterChef Australia was produced by Shine Limited