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Celebrities to face off on MasterChef Junior Thanksgiving special

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"MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown" airs Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. on FOX 53, immediately following the NFL on FOX matchup featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

PITTSBURGH -- This Thanksgiving, "MasterChef Junior" is giving fans something to be thankful for when star Chef Gordon Ramsay and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez invite celebrities, their kids and some fan-favorite alumni into the kitchen where they’ll show off their culinary skills in exciting contests for charity on "MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown."

The special airs Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. on FOX 53, immediately following the NFL on FOX matchup featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

In between these epic battles in the "MasterChef Junior" kitchen, host Gordon Ramsay will chat with lifestyle expert, businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart to swap holiday-themed recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

The two-hour special features three unique battles, putting each celebrity competitor to the test- with more than bragging rights at stake – the winners earn donations to the charities of their choice. Additionally, the contestants will face their challenges with a sous chef by their sides, whether it be one of their own children or former contestants.

"MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown" match-ups:

Eric Stonestreet and season five contestant Shayne face Terrence Howard and season six finalist Avery.

In a holiday-themed Mystery Box Challenge, these two TV dads will battle it out with help from some "MasterChef Junior" kids. Empire’s Terrence Howard pairs up with season six finalist Avery while “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet teams with season five favorite Shayne.

Alyson Hannigan and her daughter, Saty, face Lil Rel Howery and his daughter, Brittni.

It’s a parent-child tag-team challenge! TV star Alyson Hannigan of “How I Met Your Mother” cooks with her nine-year-old daughter, Saty, while star of FOX’s REL, Lil Rel Howery, partners up with his daughter, Brittni.

NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Emmitt Smith and season six winner Beni face NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice and season four winner Addison.

From going head-to-head on the field to making plays in the kitchen, two NFL legends see who will come out on top in this cooking matchup. Emmitt Smith gets an assist from the most recent winner, 11-year-old Beni Cwiakala. Jerry Rice will be teamed up with season four winner, 13-year-old Addison Smith.

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