The 11th episode starts with the final top 4 cooks running into the MasterChef Kitchen. Representing their home states of New Jersey, Louisiana, Florida and Illinois – Amaya, Avery, Zac and Addison are ready to compete. The young cooks are flabbergasted (Avery screams her own head off!) to find their parents’ heads on platters, serving up some extra inspiration. Their families have come to give them support and give each of their children a box with food in it. Amaya gets Dark Chocolate, Avery gets Strawberries, Zac gets Milk Chocolate and Addison gets Blackberries. They have to make a Soufflé flavored with the ingredient their parent selected for them. The one who has the best Soufflé gets a big advantage in the last Elimination Test.
While the desserts are cooking the judges come around to look inside the ovens to see if the soufflés are rising. After seeing Zac’s soufflés popping up, Gordon asks Zac, “Is there anything you can’t cook?” Graham and Amaya switch glasses to look at her soufflés and he tells her, “You don’t want to let them know you are looking at them or else they get so upset.” And Gordon asks Avery if she has said a prayer, and she says, “Yes, Chef. Just to bake, bake, bake, bake!” Christina says Addison’s soufflés are “defying gravity!” The desserts come out of the ovens and onto the plates. Everyone’s tastes delicious, but in the end the winner is … Addison.
For the Elimination Test Addison gets to gives out 4 different pig parts to herself and the other kids, they are Pork Belly, Pork Loin, Ribs and Pigs Ears! She gives the Pigs Ears to Zac, the Pork Belly to Avery, the Pork Loin to Amaya, and keep the Ribs for herself.
When the kids run to the pantry to find out what part of the pig they will be cooking Zac is not happy to find the pig ears. Avery says that back in Louisiana they don’t cook Pork Belly, they cook Alligator Belly! And Amaya says she has a big idea about how to cook the Pork Loin.
During the cooking time Zac tells Gordon that “pressure is a privilege” and he is up for the challenge of cooking the hardest protein.
Avery tells Christina, girl to girl, that a girl is going to win MasterChef Junior this year and she is the girl who will win. 🙂 When Amaya’s cuts into her pork she is upset to see it is still raw! She sticks it back in the oven hoping to finish the cook.
Time is up.
Addison brings her dish up first, she made Soda-Braised Pork Ribs with Strawberry Salad and Potato Salad. It looks a bit messy on the plate, but the ribs are seasoned right and taste very delectable. Christina said the pork is impossibly tender. Next up, Zac made Braised Pig’s Ear with Frisée Salad and Quail Egg. His looks like the most elevated pig’s ear salad Gordon has ever seen. Sadly the pig’s ear is undercooked. Graham says it’s like a dog toy! However Gordon still loves the salad.
Avery made Braised Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Mash and Beetroot Chips and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts. Christina says, “It looks Beautiful!” and “This is one, if not the most delicious dish I’ve tasted in this kitchen.” The pork belly is nice and tender, the mash tastes delicious and the chips are nice and crunchy.
Finally, Amaya made Pork Loin with Mushroom Farro and Apple Marmalade. Her dish looks a little too simple and pork is slightly undercooked. Flavor wise the spices are amazing, but might not be enough to get her into the finale.
In the end, the first young home cook in the Finale is …. the nine year girl from the Bayou, Avery! And the second one is the aspiring Batter-up Baker… Addison!
That means Zac and Amaya are going home. 😦 Gordon tells Zac he knows he is going to see him again. Zac says he is sad he didn’t get to the final, but he is very proud with how far he got. Gordon tells Amaya she is a joy and has a great attitude. Amaya says she is proud because this is something she had never dreamed she could do.
When they are walking out the two girls give them both a hug goodbye. Zac says he was shy when he arrived but really grew as a person and a cook. Amaya says she is one in thirteen million kids that made it and she is really, really proud to be in the top four!
I liked this episode because I liked to see all the kids cook so well and even though I was happy to see Avery and Addison in the top 2, I was very sad to see Amaya and Zac go. Only 2 young chefs left!