MasterChef USA is an American competitive cooking show that aired on PBS from 2000 to 2001. The series was hosted by Gary Rhodes, and was considered as a hit among cooking shows of PBS. The series was directly formatted from BBC's MasterChef, which used Rhodes as host during 2001. The show had two seasons . The first season premiered on April 1, 2000 with a total of 13 half-hour long episodes and 1 hour long special. 27 contestants arose from the auditions held in each region, in which office manager Nancy Vaziri of Homewood, Illinois won the title of MasterChef 2000. The second season started on April 7, 2001 with a total of 13 half-hour long episodes as well as 1 hour long special. Similarly, 27 contestants advanced; wherein business owner Geoffrey Hill of Evanston, Illinois was proclaimed as MasterChef 2001.