The biggest kitchen on television, “MasterChef US,” is back along with rumors that judge and producer Gordon Ramsay will be leaving the franchise after several chefs have been announced to join the show.

“MasterChef US” season 7 has opened it doors to 40 American home cooks. During the premiere episode, the show announced that season seven will also feature several celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais, the International Business Times noted.

 

 

According to Zap2it, the chefs will assist Ramsay and pastry chef Christina Tosi throughout season 7 in judging the top home cooks in the US.

Is this a sign that Gordon Ramsay will follow former judge Graham Elliot in leaving the show? Is FOX already testing the water on who among the guest judges might step in as Ramsay’s replacement? Aside from “MasterChef US,” Ramsay currently starred in several TV show including “Hell Kitchen US,” “Hotel Hell,” and “MasterChef Junior.”

Here’s a quick look at the “MasterChef US” season 7 guest judges courtesy of Zap2it.

1. Wolfgang Puck

Puck has long been the preferred chef of the stars. He is the man behind Los Angeles premier institution, Spago. Puck has built an international culinary empire of fine and casual dining restaurants.

2. Aaron Sanchez

Aside from being a chef and restaurateur, this James Beard Award-winning television personality also has a good heart and love of writing. Sanchez is a philanthropist and an author.

3. Edward Lee

Lee has five James Beard Award nominations under his name. This Brooklyn-born chef and restaurateur has two recognized restaurants in the US – one in Louisville, Kentucky and another in National Harbor, Maryland. He also wrote the best-selling cookbook, “Smoke & Pickles.”

4. Kevin Sbraga

Sbraga is known for his contemporary American cuisine. He owns three restaurants in Philadelphia – the Sbraga & Company, The Fat Ham, and Sbraga.

5. Richard Blais

He is the proud owner of Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack in San Diego, and also the Flip Burger Boutique franchise. Blais is known for classic American cuisine and his cookbook, “Try This at Home,” is a top choice for chefs.

“MasterChef” season 7 airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. You can also live-stream the show’s episode via FOX NOW.