The “Pie-Eyed” episode starts with the top 12 home cooks coming into the MasterChef Junior Kitchen to find out Chef Richard Blais is the guest judge! They learn they will be competing in teams of three in a culinary skills challenge. Working together, they have to make as many cream pies as they can in ten minutes. The winning team is safe from Elimination AND gets to hit the judges in the face with a pie!
The Yellow Team is Peyton, Shayne & Cydney. The Red Team is Jasmine, Avani & Adam. The Brown Team is Evan, Afnan & Justise. And the Blue Team is Mark, Lila & Syd.
After a frantic 10 minutes pouring, scooping and piping the Yellow Team makes 8 perfect pies, the Red Team makes 10 pies, the Blue Team makes 12 , the Brown Team wins with 14 cream pies!
Afnan pies Chef Richard Blais, Evan pies Christina and Justise pies Gordon! Hahahahahaha! 😮 They head up to balcony to enjoy a huge pie made by Christina Tosi and watch the next challenge unfold. 🙂
Chef Richard Blais introduces his favorite gadget to cook with: a blow torch! He says, “I’m not called Richard BLAZE for nothing!” The home cooks will have 45 minutes to use a blow torch to create their next dish. For two kids, this will be their last “cook” in the MasterChef Kitchen.
During the cook time Shayne is feeling very confident in what he is making. He loves Tex-Mex, so he is sticking with what he knows.
Jasmine has a tough time choosing between sweet and savory, but decides on making a s’mores cupcake in honor of her brother. Time gets away from her and when she is running to frost her cupcakes she falls down hard. But she gets back up and keeps cooking!
Nine year old Syd is making one of her mother’s favorites. But chicken on the bone in only 45 minutes? 😮 She tells Christina & Richard Blais she wants to open a restaurant when she grows up called Syd Steak!
Time is up.
Jasmine made S’More Cupcake with Seven-Minute Frosting and S’More. Christina says her presentation falls short. Although the chocolate cupcake is delicious, the frosting is separated and the s’mores flavor doesn’t come through in the bite. Also, not enough blowtorch.
Adam made Steak Crostini with Roasted Bell Pepper Cream Cheese. Gordon and Adam taste together. It is delicious, crispy and rich. The meat is great. Richard Blais says it is a restaurant quality hors d’oeuvre.
Avani made Chocolate Ganache Tart with Graham Cracker Crust, Caramelized Pecans and Bananas. She has never used a blow torch before but she used it a lot in this challenge! The dessert is fabulous. The marshmallows, bananas and pecans are toasted perfectly. Christina says it is the best dish they have seen from Avani thus far!
Lila made Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce and Black Beans. Richard Blais thinks it is an incredibly smart dish, the deep roasted flavors of the vegetables add really great flavor. But the judges agree, her presentation could be a little better.
Mark made Deconstructed S’more with Strawberry Sauce and Chocolate Coffee Mousse. It looks a little messy and a bit confusing, but the chocolate tastes great.
Peyton made Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Sautéed Bok Choy. She used the blow torch on the peaches, pineapple and to finish off the chicken. The heat is great, but the rice is a little undercooked. Overall, though, nice job.
Syd made Orange Glazed Chicken with Butter Lettuce and Torched Tomatoes. Unfortunately, the chicken is a little bit bland and partly undercooked. The vegetables are seasoned beautifully but Gordon wanted to see more use of the blow torch.
Cydney made a Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce. She’s never made this dessert before. Christina is amazed and says it is nearly perfect. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and it set perfectly. Gordon says, “It’s smooth as a baby’s bum!” 😮
Shayne made Steak Enchiladas with Guacamole and Cheese Crisp. Sadly, when Gordon lifts the enchilada out of the serving pan it is greasy and soggy. Luckily, it actually tastes better than it looks. The sauce is seasoned well and the steak is cooked beautifully.
The judges confer and agree that Avani made the very best dish!
Jasmine, Shayne, Mark and Syd’s dishes are on the bottom. Shayne and Mark are still safe. That means that Jasmine and Syd are going home. 😦 Gordon says, “You both are incredibly talented and very smart young ladies, promise me you are going to continue cooking. Like I tell my daughters, the journey is more important than the winning.”
Shayne says even though he is happy he is safe he is super sad to see his friends go. He is an amazing friend. Adam also looks very sad. When all the kids are hugging goodbye Richard Blais needs a comforting pat on the back from Gordon. Eliminations are always very sad.
Syd says, “I’m so grateful I got to express myself though my cooking. I’m not mad at anybody, maybe a little bit mad at Gordon.”
Jasmine says, “I fell, broke a plate, in 90 seconds and still got up and finished a dish. So, I’m proud of myself just for being able to hang in there and never give up. I will most certainly keep on cooking and I think this is just the beginning of my future.”
I liked this episode because I liked to see how the kids would handle the blow torches. And even though I was not happy to see the girls go home, I was happy Shayne and Mark were safe.