The exciting Season 5 “MasterChef Junior Finale” starts with Gordon introducing eleven year old Georgians, Jasmine and Justise. Their families and friends are in the balcony cheering them on. And the guest judges are revealed: The Legendary Wolfgang Puck and the Iconic Martha Stewart. Tonight they will have to impress all four judges with their cooking.
The girls have ten minutes in the pantry to gather all the ingredients needed for appetizer, entrée and dessert. Jasmine is making Elevated Jamaican Cuisine: Crispy Scallop and White Fish Fritter, A Jerk Based Lobster Tail and a Sticky Rum Cake. Justise is making Georgia-based Cuisine with a healthy spin on it: Grilled Spot Prawns, Cider Braised Pork Belly and Buttermilk Panna Cotta.
During the 90 minutes cook time all the young home cooks are cheering on the 2 finalists. Shayne thinks that they are both amazing chefs. Avani is so excited. Jasmine’s mother is proud of her daughter for not giving up and winning her way back into the competition. Justise’s father says his daughter always give 100% and she may be small but she is like dynamite.
Jasmine’s challenges are to make sure her fritters are not too heavy, her lobster is cooked to perfection and her dessert batter is not overworked. Justise’s challenges are not over cooking the prawns, getting the pork belly tender in the pressure cooker and firming up the panna cotta. These are not easy dishes.
Time is up. It’s time to taste the food in the MasterChef Restaurant.
Justise’s Grilled Spot Prawns with Basil Pesto, Chili Watermelon and Avocado Balls appetizer looks stunning. Chef Wolfgang Puck says the shrimp is beautifully cooked and Martha Stewart loves it because the flavors work so well together.
Jasmine’s Crispy White Fish Fritters with Red Pepper Peanut Sauce and Papaya Salad appetizer pops with color. Wolfgang and Gordon disagree on the right amount of smoked fish in the fritter. And even though the salad is a little hard to eat, Martha says the dish is phenomenal.
Jasmine’s Jerk Lobster Tail with Coconut Curry, Sweet Potatoes, Peas and Finger Lime Caviar entrée is elegant. It is cooked well and has great spice. Gordon thought he was going to hate the jerk seasoning on the lobster but he had to “eat his words” because he absolutely loved it.
Justise’s Cider-Braised Pork Belly with Wilted Greens, Pickled Peaches and Onion Rings entrée is visually appealing. But it is sadly undercooked. The sides are amazing though, and the overall taste is very good. Gordon says the pork was just a few minutes away from perfection.
Jasmine’s Sticky Rum Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream, Guava Puree and Pineapple Chip dessert is inspired by her grandmother’s rum cake. It’s amazing. Martha says it has great texture and she wants the recipe! And Gordon says it is something he’d like to take to his restaurants!
Justise’s Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries and Strawberry Meringue dessert has the perfect texture and flavor. It is perfectly creamy. Wolfgang said it could be found in the finest restaurant in Italy and Christina says, “It is out of this world!”
The judges believe both young cooks are very creative and skilled. But after much debate and discussion they decide on a winner. With the answer they return to the MasterChef Kitchen and ask Justise and Jasmine to change places with them on the main stage. Gordon says they both made Georgia proud. Martha says congratulations to both, “You are lovely young women.” Wolfgang says, “You two showed the world how passionate you are. Bravo!”
And the winner is … JASMINE!
She is so shocked she won, “Oh my God! I can’t believe they called my name. This is the biggest moment in my entire life! Whoever thought that a little girl from Milton, Georgia would ever be able to win “Master Chef Junior”? She gives Justise a huge hug and lets her hold the trophy, too! Jasmine tells her, “I couldn’t have won this competition without you, and that’s 100% for sure.” Justise is very happy for Jasmine, “She is a strong chef and she showed that and I’m really proud of her.”Jasmine is excited to see what comes next, “Winning means I have a big future ahead of me when it comes to the culinary world and I hope that I inspire other children to know that they can anything that they want to do. I AM THE NEXT MASTERCHEF JUNIOR!”
I loved this season a lot because all the kids were so sweet. I was super happy for Jasmine. I loved it when she let Justise hold the trophy, that was so nice.
I loved Shayne a lot, too, especially the way he was so respectful to his friends on the show. He defended Mashu’s dish in the redemption challenge, did not blame Justise for her mistake with the potatoes in episode 5, and had a sweet goodbye with Avani in episode 10. I believe he will be a great Head Chef one day.
Adam was also one of my favorites. He was such an amazing friend to the other cooks. I loved how he always hugged his friends goodbye, especially Gonzalo in episode 5. It was a loving goodbye, which is something a lot of kids in the world today are afraid to do. I was impressed. And even though Shayne and Adam didn’t win they didn’t really lose because both of them are winners in my heart based on their amazing attitudes and actions.