January serves up a slew of food shows on TV

A slew of new and returning TV shows about food — several of them featuring Chicago-area denizens — are hitting the small screen in January.

The ovens are still warm from last season’s pint-sized cooking competition,“MasterChef Junior,” but ratings-starved Fox is wasting no time serving up another helping at 7 p.m. Tuesday on WFLD-Channel 32.

A couple of Chicago-area kids — 12-year-old Jack and 9-year-old Philly — are among the 19 child chefs looking to wow the judges’ taste buds on the Gordon Ramsay-hosted series, where local toque Graham Elliot is on the judging panel.

A Chicago episode of Food Network’s “Pizza Masters” will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, featuring pies from Lou Malnati’s, Roots Handmade Pizza and Hoosier Mama.

Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” returns at 8 p.m. Sundays, when Chicagoan Jason Dixon and Zion’s Christina Oster will try to improve their culinary skills for a cash prize.

And because the world needs another culinary competition, Bravo is rolling out “Best New Restaurant” at 9 p.m. Jan. 21 with “Top Chef” host Tom Colicchio.