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Unfortunately, I missed the Season 5 Premiere of MasterChef Junior. I deeply apologize for this. However, I did DVR Episode 2 so I was able to provide a recap of this Episode and will continue to do so for the rest of the season.
I love how these kids cheer each other on. Lots of high fives and morale boosting dialogue. So sweet.
Oh goodie. The first challenge is a Cupcake Challenge. I love me some cupcakes. Let’s go kids.
Competing in the Cupcake Challenge are Adam ( who loves science and chemistry and combining scientific elements in the creation of culinary delights), Peyton ( who is a world traveller with a particular affinity for Paris and its food), Jazzy ( who loves to make cupcakes and loves to jazz things up) and Dreydan ( who is anxious to impress Christina who is his inspiration to bake.).
Dreydan runs into a bit of trouble when he adds too much sugar and not enough flour to his cupcakes and, unfortunately, has to restart his baking project. His competitors are cheering him on and I am loving it. Great team spirit. Overall, these kids are making incredibly creative cupcakes.
Adam who made an incredible Chocolate Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting and Strawberry Compote Filling and Peyton who made a gorgeous Blood Orange Cupcake with a Blood Orange Frosting and Rasberry Splatter Sauce won the Cupcake Challenge. Very well deserved. Kudos to Dreydan and Jazzy for their hard work and creativity.
Four mini chefs compete in the Steak Challenge: Anna ( who thinks Shane the Train is big and scary and has tricks up his sleeve), Shayne (who loves his Texas style steaks), Solomon (who is also very musical), and Nicholas ( who says his red hair gives himself special powers). These kids are way too cute.
In the end, the winners of the Steak Challenge are Shayne and Solomon. Very well deserved, I must say.
Four more contestants compete in the Chicken Challenge: Avani ( who loves cooking Indian food), Eddie ( who is from The Earth and loves to cook Chinese and Jewish), Grace ( who has a heart for cooking) and Londyn ( who makes an amazing Southern Fried Chicken and has”cooked her butt off” since she was 3).
The winners of this Chicken Challenge are Avani and Eddie. Great work kids!
The next four contestants cook dishes from across the globe and each earn a white apron. This is a quick edit so the names are never released. Too bad.
The final Challenge of the day is a Lobster Challenge and all four mini chefs herald from Boston Massachusetts: Lila ( who is self-taught), Jake ( who comes from a long line of family chefs), Jayda (who loves hockey and cooking and is a competitive girl) and Sam ( who loves fencing and cooking and is accustomed to cooking with lobster).
I would like to give a shout out to Jake who is carrying on the legacy of his Dad who passed away a few years ago. What a brave and inspiring young man
The winners of this challenge are Sam and Lila. Congratulations kids. And a high five to Jake and Jayda.
This season boasts some legendary guests (see video below), such as Martha Stewart and former First Lady Michelle Obama. This should be such an exciting time for the Top 20, basking in the glow of these iconic women, as well as MasterChef head chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi.
MasterChef Junior airs on every Thursday on Fox at 8:00 PM. It really is must see TV and will put a smile on your face.