Kidz Bop Kitchen
The top 12 young home cooks are shocked to see the Kidz Bop Kids are in the MasterChef Kitchen! Aaron says, “Oh, my God! The Kidz Bop Kids are here. I never thought that I was gonna meet them in person. I love how they take normal songs and they sing them without the bad words in it so I can listen to songs that I like in front of my grandma.” The Kidz Bop Kids decided the contents for the next Mystery Box Challenge: kale, apple, Oreo, potato chips, broccoli, elbow macaroni, red cabbage, yams, fruit, cheese, meat and many more things. The top 12 will make a MasterChef Quality dish from their choice of the ingredients.


When time is up the judges choose three dishes that they feel elevate the ingredients and celebrate the box.  The first belongs to Jaala. She made a No Bake Cheesecake with Cookie Sandwich Crust and Strawberry-Raspberry Jam representing her dream to open a bakery called Sugar Sugar back home in Rhode Island. Chef Aarón says the piping is masterful and the cake is so delicious. “It’s wonderful. You hit on three elements that I think all great dishes should have — texture, a certain savoriness to it and then a fresh element… Overall, it’s fun, it’s inventive, and most importantly, it’s tasty.”


The next belongs to Reid. He made Cookies & Cream Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis to prove to the judges he is not just a grill boy. The judges love he went out of his cooking comfort zone with the dish and Chef Christina loves the texture, the creaminess and the sweetness. She says, “Wow! I could just eat that for days. …Reid, you have exceeded my wildest expectations. You just need to keep destroying any box that we put you in. Incredible job.”


And the final dish belongs to Che. He made Chicken Parmesan with Tomato Sauce, Kale and Fried Mozzarella in honor of his dad who introduced him to cooking and has since passed away. Gordon loves how the cheese inside the breast helps keep the chicken moist and potato chips used as the coating. “You have chef’s mind. You are super creative. I hope dad is watching because that is exceptional. I think that is one of the best dishes you’ve cooked so far. Well done.”


And the winner is … REID. He is safe from the Elimination Challenge and gets to pick a cook to bring in the top 10 with him. He picks his buddy Aaron and they also get to pick the ingredient for the next challenge. Something the judges ate as kids cheese (Chef Aarón), Cereal (Chef Christina) or Canned Tuna (Chef Gordon).


They pick tuna, which some of the kids, like Kyle who absolutely hates tuna, are not super happy about.


Times up and time to taste!
Malia made Tuna Roll with Vegetables, Fried Tuna and Fried Avocado. The presentation looks incredible. She nailed the cook and cut the roll well. Chef Gordon says, “It’s like it’s just come out of a Japanese Restaurant. You are really seriously multifaceted. What I can guarantee with this dish: A. You’re not going home. & B. Congratulations, because you are the first in the Top Ten.”


Kyle made Tagliatelle with Puttanesca Sauce, Tuna and Ricotta Cheese. Chef Christina says the sauce is very spicy, so it overtakes the tuna. In addition the capers, lemon zest and dry herbs, also hide the star of the dish. “But I really appreciate the effort. Thank you.”


Che made Niçoise Salad with a Tuna Cake. It’s wonderful. It has great acidity, the mustard is in check and not over spicy. Chef Aarón also loves the texture of the cake. He says, “All the elements of the salad make sense. It’s hitting really high notes on so many different levels. Great job young man.”


Sadie made Tuna Croquettes with Aioli, Frisée Salad and Fried Vegetables. The tuna is flaky and the flavors are on point and well balanced. Chef Christina says, “I think this is most elegant dish I ever seen made from a can of tuna. Very nice job.”


Matthew made Pan-Seared Tuna Cake with Southwest Salsa. Chef Gordon likes the taste of the cakes but wants more color on the outside and feels like the salsa is a touch heavy on the seasoning. Overall, a good job.


Jaala made Tuna Cakes with Bean-Corn Salad, Salsa and Chipotle Aioli. It has a nice Tex-Mex spice level and the tuna is nice and moist, but Chef Christina wants more aioli. “Otherwise, nice job.”


Ben made Thali Tuna Curry with Coconut Jasmine Rice. Chef Aarón does not find the presentation appealing and the curry a bit muddled. Fresher ingredients would have helped. But the rice is very good. “I love the fact that you went for a curry … but I don’t know if this is enough yet. Thank you, though, Ben.”


And Brielle made a Tuna Pot Pie. Sadly, the pie crust looks ripped since she had to pull it apart to put the tuna in at the end. Chef Gordon tastes it and says, “Oh dear, oh dear … Unfortunately, the rue is not there … And unfortunately, the pastry is raw there … but, what I do like is the freshness of the peas … peas and fish go well together … I don’t think this has been your strongest performance.”


MALIA made the best dish and Ben, Kyle and Brielle’s dishes are in the bottom. And the one who is safe is … Ben. That means Kyle & Brielle are going home. ☹


Gordon says, “Now, Kyle, Brielle, you two have got nothing to be upset about. You made the top twelve. Think how much stronger you’ve become. You’ve got some great friends for life, and you’ve been in the most famous kitchen in America. Just think of the bragging rights when you step into that classroom. Everyone wants to be your best mate now, well done.”  They get lots of loving from the judges and the other young cooks before they walk out. 😊


Brielle says, “I’m really sad I’m going home, but I learned a real lot in this competition. Even though I’m not in the MasterChef Jr Kitchen, I’m still going to keep cooking at home in Atlanta.”

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Kyle says, “It’s really heartbreaking to be eliminated, but out of hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of kids that have tried out, I’ve made it to the top 12. I feel like I made lifelong friends that I’m never gonna forget, including three of the best chef in the world. My MasterChef JR journey might be over, but I still plan to become a travel food blogger or open my own restaurant.”

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After this post I will be taking a short break since my birthday is coming up and I will be going on a special vacation to San Francisco. I will be doing the 2 top 10 shows at the same time. See you then!


Camp MasterChef
The top 14 young home cooks arrive in the great outdoors for their toughest Team Challenge yet. It’s MasterChef Kids Camp! They will be cooking a chicken dish for campers. Since Jaala and Malia won the Cup Cake Challenge last week they will be team captains. Red Team – Jaala chooses Aaron, Kyle, Brielle, Sadie, Che & Reid. Blue Team – Malia chooses Rhashad, Ben, Matthew, Ivy, Evie & Kate. The winning team will get their dish published in Family Circle Magazine!


Red Team works to together to plan their menu. They decide to make Barbeque Chicken with roasted potatoes and corn. Kid friendly food! Blue Team decides to make Fried Chicken, BBQ Baked Beans, Swiss Chard and Corn Bread. Rhashad thinks beans & greens is a bad idea for 8 to 12 year-old kids’ menu, but he is overruled.
On the Red Team Gordon discovers one of the grilled chicken pieces is raw!! Captain Jaala tries to rally her team, “Kids are here to eat, not to die!” Reid works hard to get the chicken cooked properly, but it is a lot of pressure and takes time. Blue Team is late getting their plates out. Reid has a small break down because he wants to get the meat cooked right and Christina talks him through it and the cooked chicken thighs look great! Red plates start going out.



On the Blue Team things appear to be going smoothly. The plates are coming together and going out to the kids. The campers say they like the crispy chicken and delicious cornbread. But then one unlucky camper shows Chef Aarón his chicken is RAW! Gordon says the Blue Team is not working together and maybe they should just take their aprons off. But Matthew says they are not ready to go home and they won’t give up! More time in the oil, more time in the oven does the trick.


The campers vote by slippery slide 😊 and the winning team is……


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    RED TEAM!!!!!!!!

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So, back in the MasterChef Kitchen the Blue Team is in the dreaded Pressure Test and they have to bake a perfect Coconut Cream Pie. Christina describes what the chefs will be looking for, “Their pie dough first and foremost. Taking that cold butter, cutting it into the dry ingredient. While the pie dough is resting these home cooks need to start working on the pastry cream. It needs to be thick enough to hold its shape. And then that coconut whip cream, light, fluffy, but not whipped so much it starts to curdle and turn to butter. The toasted coconut on top of that cream pie for me is the pièce de résistance.” In the end 2 kids will go home. ☹

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During the cook time Rhashad is having trouble with his pastry cream but Gordon comes up and helps him straighten out his mistake. Ben rolled his pastry a bit uneven. Kate is running out of time. Evie’s crust rim falls and she CANT FIX IT! Time is up!!


Malia’s pie looks beautiful. She nailed the height, the crimp design, the toast on the coconut and underneath it is cooked perfectly. Gordon says, “Mmm. Mm-mm. The pastry cream oozes chocolate, it’s smooth and it’s super rich. Young lady, you’ve raised the bar. Thank you.”


Rhashad’s pie crust is baked okay and the coconut is toasted good. The coconut cream is a bit over whipped and the chocolate pastry cream is over whisked but the taste is overall good. Christina says, “I’m very impressed by the way you stuck with it tonight. Thank you.”


Matthew’s pie looks good and cuts well. The crust well-seasoned and tastes great. Aarón says, “You went over the top with the amount of chocolate, which I love.” But, the coconut cream needed a little more whipping to make it fluffy.


Ben’s pie crust looks a little too thick and is undercooked in folded spots. Gordon says, “The pastry, it tastes good. A little bit too thick, but the chocolate pastry cream, delicious. The whipped cream, slightly over-whipped by ten seconds. That’s all it needs to be to start separating. Thank you.”


Kate’s pie doesn’t look as good as it could. The crust is too heavy and shrunk, there is not enough pastry cream inside and way too much coconut cream. Time management was a challenge. Christina says, “I’ve seen some amazing things come off of your station. But, Kate, this is nowhere near the level of work that I know you are capable of.” It’s a hard night for her. ☹


Ivy’s first coconut cream pie ever looks pretty good. Her cream is under whipped and is not holding up as it should. Aarón says, “Mmm. You pie crust is cooked all the way on the bottom. Your chocolate pastry cream is delicious. You have a lot of compelling flavors on your coconut cream pie that make me want to have another bite. Good job!”



And finally, Evie’s pie is not the prettiest. The crust is broken and not coming out of the pan. Gordon says, “Mmm. Here’s the thing, young lady. Your pastry cream is delicious. It tastes really nice and rich, it’s super smooth. But unfortunately, your pastry is under-cooked. And sadly, your cream is overwhipped. Not a good evening. Thank you. Oh, dear.”



MALIA had the best pie of the night. IVY, MATTHEW & RHASHAD are also safe.


So that leaves Ben, Kate and Evie and the judges agree Ben should stay. Unbelievably, two stand out bakers, Kate and Evie, are going home. Christina says, “Tonight is shock for us, just as much as it is for you, but you’re such strong young ladies with so much passion. I say that because it’s a testament to how excited we are to see what comes next for you.” They get lots of well wishes walking out: “You were amazing friends.” “Don’t stop cooking.” “Bye guys. I’ve loved seeing you guys grow.” “Bye guys!” “Bye.” “We love you.”


Evie says, “I came to MasterChef Jr to have fun and maybe win, but unfortunately I didn’t. I’ve accomplished so much. I’ve developed so much leadership skills. And I’ve made some new friends that I will never forget.”

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Kate says, “I have loved my time here on MasterChef Jr. Getting to cook for Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aarón Sánchez has just been an experience of a lifetime. This Southern country girl’s going back to Alabama very proud of herself.”

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Quacking Under Pressure

The top 14 young home cooks enter the MasterChef Kitchen and take their places behind the Mystery Box at their station. The judges give them three clues: feathers, a quacking sound and a big yellow theme park duck head on Chef Aarón! They will have one hour to break down and create a restaurant quality duck dish. Chef Aarón demonstrates the proper way to break down the duck into two breasts, two legs and two wings. He makes it look easy, but of course, it takes a lot of knife skills.

The first dish the judges want to taste belongs to Jaala. Her Duck Breast with Orange-Soy Broth, Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Jasmine Rice is visually appealing. She got a nice cook on the duck and Chef Aarón says, “I think you completely knocked it out of the park.” The breast is scored beautifully, the skin is nice is crispy, the broth is flavorful and the rice is elegant. Chef Gordon can’t believe she has never cooked duck before! 

The next the judges want to taste belongs to Rhashad. His Five-Spice Duck with Carrot, Parsnip, Rice Paper and Lime Rice is his first attempt at Asian cuisine in the show and it is a success. Chef Christina likes the coating of spice on the outside of the duck and the gorgeous medium pink cook inside. You can still see the juices. Chef Aarón loves how the skin is rendered and all the elements work harmoniously. A little more sauce would have made it a perfect dish.

And the last dish the judges want to taste belongs to Evie. Her Pan-Seared Duck with White Asparagus, Baby Potatoes and Cherry-Port Sauce looks like it is straight out of a restaurant. It is plated beautifully. Chef Gordon says, “Oh wow. It’s delicious, it’s rich. Those cherries are amazing. Great job!” Chef Christina says the dish brings her the same kind of joy a great slice of cake or a great cookie brings – it is out of control impressive. The only note was to be sure to serve duck skin side up, show it off.

Three absolutely stunning dishes – and the winner is … EVIE!

Screenshot_20190415-143918_Video PlayerThe kids are treated to cupcakes on the patio which leads right into the next team challenge – to bake a dozen perfect cupcakes. They go back inside to find Chef Christina wearing a dress made of cupcakes :0 They will work in teams of 2 and Evie gets to pick who will work with who. She wants to set everyone else up for success too, so she tries for the most positive matches. She picks Sadie as her partner and pairs Ben & Brielle, Che & Kyle, Rhashad & Reid, Malia & Jaala, Aaron & Kate and Matthew & Ivy. And the winning team will get their Cupcake Recipe published in the all new MASTERCHEF JR BAKING COOKBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evie and Sadie made Fruit Cereal Cupcakes with White Chocolate and Rice Krispies Treats. Big nod to Chef Christina’s Milk Bar flavors. They are colorful and the cake is light and airy. Chef Christina says, “I am super h9onored and super inspired by this box of cupcakes. Nice job.”

Ben and Brielle made Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Torched Meringue. Chef Gordon says, “They look incredible.” They are light and fluffy and taste lemony delicious.

Jaala and Malia made Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean-Cinnamon Frosting. Visually, the cup cakes are an A+! Chef Christina says, “It tastes as gorgeous as it looks! This could quite possibly be the most perfect box of cupcakes I have ever seen. Congratulations!”

Ivy and Matthew made Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry and Lemon Icing. Chef Aarón says, “That’s a dynamite tasting cupcake. The cake is cooked perfectly, it’s airy, it’s fluffy. What you guys got right there, it’s delicious. Good job, okay!”

Reid and Rhashad made Red Velvet Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. Gordon is happy. “The sponge is delicious, the frosting is exceptional. You know, the flavors are there, the lightness is there. I can definitely taste that southern charm. Good job, well done!”

Che and Kyle made Apple Pie Cupcakes with Spice and Maple-Cinnamon Buttercream. They are well baked and you can see the apple on the inside. Chef Aarón says, “Man, you interweaved spice, sweetness and texture brilliantly. And that’s what I really love about it. Fantastic job guys!”

Aaron and Kate made Banana-Cinnamon Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting. Chef Christina likes the flavor combination and she can smell the coffee in the frosting, but she is not thrilled with the visual. The piping on top looks look the poop emoji :O Whoops! But, she says, “The cake is baked beautifully. It’s nice and light. That balance of banana and cinnamon s delicious. And that coffee frosting is amazing. All in all, excellent job on this box of cupcakes.”

MALIA & JAALA have the best cupcakes of the night. Their cupcake will be published in the new cookbook! Then the judges announce that tonight … NO ONE GOES HOME!!!!! All the cupcakes were so good they all get to stay! The top 14 remains: Aaron, Ben, Brielle, Che, Evie, Ivy, Jaala, Kate, Kyle, Malia, Matthew, Reid, Rhashad & Sadie. Sadly, next time 2 kids will go home from the Pressure Test of the Camp MasterChef Team Challenge.


Something to Trifle With
The top 16 young home cooks enter the MasterChef Kitchen and find out they will be making trifle. Gordon says, “Growing up, trifle was a family tradition for me. It was served at every holiday, every Sunday lunch at mum’s house.” Working in teams the young cooks will make as many stunning trifles as they can in 20 minutes. Each dessert should have 5 layers: Sponge Cake, Creamy Pudding, Crunchy Graham Crackers, Mashed Fruit, Whipped Cream and Fresh Fruit.

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To pick 3 teams-of-five the kids must dig into the humungous trifle on stage and find colored tokens. Matthew finds a golden token which sends him directly to the balcony and straight into the top 14!

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Green Token Team is Reid, Ben, Jaala, Che, & Evie.
Yellow Token Team is Aaron, Malia, Kate, Jayden & Nayeli.
Red Token Team is Kyle, Brielle, Sadie, Ivy & Rhashad.


The kids go to zones on their station and when a great big buzzer sounds, they must switch zones. Ben says, “The strategy for the Green Team is to communicate and make sure we get everything done and work as a team really well so that everybody stays on the same page.” Malia says, “The Yellow Team’s strategy is doing as many as you can as fast as possible, because we ‘re probably going to make mistakes. So, we might as well just move quickly.” On the Red Team, Ivy says, “Our strategy is to be slow and easy. We have to make sure every layer measures the exact same. We gotta make the world’s perfect trifles ever.” In the end, the RED TEAM’s strategy brings home a win, with 31 perfect desserts!

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Losing teams, Green and Yellow, get drenched in pudding. But Gordon says he is not as nice as Christina, and even Red gets it in the end. The kids are swimming in pudding and we get a rare shot of Ivy, Reid & Rhashad without their hats. 😊


For the Next Elimination Challenge the remaining kids have to make 3 sliders of their choice! Chef Gordon demonstrates how he makes Beef, Seafood and Veggie Sliders. The young cooks work hard to make the best sliders possible and luckily, nothing unlucky happens during the cook time. Ben’s Fried Oyster Sliders with Coleslaw and Mayonnaise look incredible. Gordon says, “You sound like me. You cook like me. You look like me. What’s your surname? Ben Ramsey?” He nailed the cook on the oysters and even toasted the buns! Gordon loves the dish.


Che made Crab Cake Sliders with Avocado Spared and Garlic-Chive Aioli. Chef Aarón explains that putting crab meat into a blender ruins the flavor and texture of crab. He can’t figure out what kind of seafood it is. ☹ Plus, the crab is super dry. But Che nailed everything else on the dish.


Nayeli’s Beef Sliders with Brie, Caramelized Onions and Arugula look more like meatballs, and it was not a meatball test. ☹ The beef is overcooked and looks gray, but she seasoned them well. It is a very tough tasting and Nayeli is crying. Matthew encourages her, “Good job Nayeli! Stay positive, okay.” 😊



Malia made Lime Shrimp Sliders with Slaw and Lime Aioli. Christina likes the flavor of the shrimp and lime aioli, “… but, they feel a little puny. I want more shrimp. But darn, is that shrimp delicious.”


Reid’s Southern State Sliders with Secret Sauce and Bacon are big and needed to cook a little more, but the flavor is wonderful. Chef Aaron loves the classic combo of cheese, tomato and creamy dressing. “Great job!”


Aaron made Beef Sliders with Tomato and Cheese. Gordon likes the seasoning mix and sear on the sliders, but the size is a bit off. “Two out of three are beautifully done, one’s a little bit awkward, but the flavor is there, well done.”


Jayden made Turkey Sliders with Grilled Pineapple and Sweet Thai Chili Mayo. The burgers look very messy and the turkey is undercooked! Christina must be careful about food poisoning and can only nibble the edge of the slider. She says, “Jayden, the things that impress me –- that is a gorgeous toasted bun. I think that your sweet chili aioli is actually really smart. Grilled pineapple – like that. But unfortunately, the star of the slider is meant to be that turkey and unfortunately that is the most underwhelming part of your sliders.” ☹


And Evie made Cheese Stuffed Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Candied Bacon. She only got 2 sliders on the board, Gordon says, “Oh, man, they are delicious. Rich, gooey in the middle with that cheddar cheese.” He is so impressed he wants to make one like this in his restaurant!


BEN made the best sliders!

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Jayden, Che and Nayeli’s sliders are in the bottom 3, and the one safe is Che. Sadly, this means Jayden and Nayeli are going home. ☹ They get lots of hugs as they are walking out. Matthew says, “Thank you so much Jayden, you’ve been my best friend.” 😊


Nayeli says, “I will miss this kitchen very much. But even though I am eliminated I am still happy because I learned so much and I still know that my food dream will come true, and I will go to Paris and have my own bakery and have them all around the world.” Awesome!

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Jayden says, “I’m only 12 and I’m finishing in top 16 of Masterchef JR. I’ve changed a lot. My confidence has really grown. As soon as I get back to San Antonio, I’m gonna show my grandma everything I’ve learned.” Nice!

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Off the Hook
The top 18 young home cooks enter the MasterChef Kitchen. 5 of them are 8-year-olds! They open their Mystery Boxes to find a Goldfish swimming in a bowl. A pet! At first Gordon tricks the kids by saying need to cook the tiny fish, but then reveals they can cook with any fish they choose from the MasterChef Pantry. They have one hour to make an incredible fish dish.



The first dish the judges want to taste belongs to Matthew, an 8-year-old from Livingston, NJ. He likes to fish with his dad back home. He made Pan-Seared Branzino with Orange-Scented Rainbow Chard and Warm Tomato Salsa. Gordon loves the idea and look of the dish. The colors pop and the dish tastes so good Gordon says, “Could you just get me a table and chair? I would like to sit down and finish this. Your tiny, your powerful and your very, very, very talented. Great Job!”


The second dish the judges call up belongs to Brielle, an 8-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia. She is confident about making fish tacos because her family makes them all the time. Her Red Snapper Fish, Tacos with Coleslaw Pico De Gallo and Avocado Crema look amazing. Christina says, “Your fish tacos are inspired! They’re light, they’re fresh, and they make me feel like I’m on vacation…” Aarón especially loves the tomato.



And the third stand out dish belongs to Reid, an 8 year old from Newnan, GA where he likes to hunt and fish. He made Striped Bass with Oven-Roasted Asparagus and Potato Hash. Aarón says, “That skin is so phenomenal” He liked how Reid allowed the Striped Bass to be the star of the dish. Gordon loves the texture. He likes Reid’s cooking style and attitude.


And the winner is … MATTHEW! He is safe from elimination and he gets to pick 1 of 3 foods for next test: Chocolate, Citrus or Offal. (Is it creepy for Gordon to put real pig ears and snout on his face? :o) Matthew picks Citrus for his friends and then he gets to save 5 kids. He says, “I’m looking for people who are pretty good cooks, that are very kind and who deserve to stay in this competition.” He saves Rhashad, Che, Jayden, Evie & Ivy.


During the cook time Nayeli burns herself with caramel!! Up on the balcony Rhashad seems very worried about her because he knows how much this hurts. 😊 Aarón kindly comforts Nayeli as they call in the medic and eventually, she is able to pull it together and get back to baking her cake. Reid also offers encouragement.


Time is up.
11-year-old Ben’s Citrus Napoleon with Blueberry Jam looks like it come from a pastry shop! You can taste the lime, the lemon, and orange in the dish. Christina loves it, and her only note is the pastry is a bit under baked. “This a master class in a gorgeous citrus dessert. So impressive.”


9-year-old Nayeli made a Blood Orange Upside Down Cake with Blood Orange Whipped Cream. The knife cuts right though it. It is fluffy. And the citrus flavor pops. Aarón says, “You hit a home run with a very difficult cake.”


11-year-old Talulah made Lemon Macarons with Raspberry Jam. They look beautiful from the outside, but sadly, they have no center inside! Gordon says, “Incorporating that coloring after the dry ingredients and knocking the air back out of those egg whites deflates your mixture into a flat meringue.” The cookies have a beautiful color and sheen and the jam is delicious, but in the end, they have a very heavy, buttery flavor.


8-year-old Reid made Doughnuts with Mint-Lemon Glaze. Christina likes the crispy parts and the lemon flavor, but the dough needed more time to rise, so the dessert is not as light and fluffy as it could be. “I like your vision, but you fell a little short on execution.”


8-year-old Mateo made Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Beurre Noisette, Lemon Risotto and Carrot Purée. Gordon finds fault with the dish. “The purée, it doesn’t really make sense, and then you’ve got the scallops, that’s all burnt. So, they’re very dry and really rubbery.” But, Gordon says, he nailed the risotto.


8-year-old Kate made Lemon Pancakes with Raspberry-Blueberry Syrup. Christina says, “This dish has incredible, rustic elegance to it.” The pancakes are light and fluffy. The ricotta is nice and rich. It is a good dish.


8-year-old Brielle made Jerk Garlic Shrimp with Basmati Rice and Avocado Crema. Aarón says the shrimp is cooked well, but the rice has too much pepper. Although he would have wanted more sauce with the dish, it is an overall good job.


11-year-old Kyle’s Fruit Tartlet with Yuzu Pastry Cream and Candied Blood Oranges has a colorful presentation, but when Christina lifts the tart and looks underneath the pastry there is no color. “This needed a little bit longer in oven.” She doesn’t like the clunky and bitter blood orange slice garnish, but the curd is silky smooth and delicious.


And 11-year-old Malia made Lemon Pork Chop with Lemon Orzo, Lemon Bok Choy and Lime Aioli. She nailed the cook on the pork and caramelized lemon marinade is amazing. Gordon is impressed with the lemon in the vegetable and seasoning of the orzo. “It’s got finesse. It’s a smart dish that’s been conceptualized beautifully. Great job! Well done. Amazing.


MALIA, BEN and NAYELI made the top 3 citrus dishes!


Kyle, Mateo, Talulah and Brielle’s dishes are the bottom. Kyle and Brielle are safe, so Talulah and Mateo are going home. ☹ Tears are flowing . They get lots of goodbye hugs from all the young cooks as they are walking out.


Mateo says, “I’m sad that I’m going home, but I had so much amazing memories in here. I’m only 8 years old and I’m super excited that I got to step foot in the most famous kitchen in the world and this is just the beginning of my culinary career.”

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Talulah says, “I got eliminated, and it’s really unfortunate because I really wanted to win this. But it’s not like, ‘Oh, no, I got eliminated. I’m never going to cook again.’ You’re one of the best home cooks in America, and that’s really meaningful. It’s a passion and MasterChef JR helps you develop that passion. So I think its something to be really proud of.”

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