I don’t know when this one fits in my imaginary timeline, but it was “filmed” alongside the upcoming Season 8. The judges are Gordon, Aarón, and Christina. The contestants are: ABBY 11, ARJUN 14, AUDREY 12, BLAKE 11, DREW 13, ELIJAH 8, EMLIY 13, ERIC 11, HARRISON 12, HUNTER 11, JACK 12, JORDAN 10, KENZIE 13, KHUSHI 10, LIV 12, LOGAN 12, MICHEAL 13, NIKKI 13, OLIVA 12, PAIGE 12, TONY 11, TORI 12, URIAH 12, and ZACHARY 12 .
The top 24 will cook a signature dish for the Mystery Box. The judges call down the 3 weakest dishes of the night! Tony, Michael and Jack. They will taste the dishes and only 1 kid will move on! And 2 will go home!
Jack’s Sea Bass is very undercooked and the skin is soggy. When Christina peels back the skin it takes the fish with it! Tony’s Fresh Ravioli is very chunky inside with globs of cheese. But Aarón says his sauce is the bomb and he hopes it can save him tonight. And Michael’s Hanger Steak is hammered. It is very tough and chewy, and it has no seasoning. Gordon says the dish is not Masterchef quality! The one who is safe is … Tony because of his sauce. That means Jack and Michael are going home. They get lots of hugs walking out.
Now for the good news! All the other dishes are very good but there is 1 dish that truly stands out and that dish belongs to … HUNTER! Honey Cake Slice is a hit! Everyone is cheering for him as he walks from the last cooking station to the judges table! Gordon says, “The cake is moist and tasty, and the sponge and the honey frosting is so good. Amazing job young man.” Aarón says it is hard to bake one slice to perfection like this and it shows he has some baking skills. And Christina says for all the time she has been in MasterChef it is the best Mystery Box Dessert she has ever had!!!
Hunter is safe and going into the next round he gets to save 11 kids from the Elimination Test where 2 more kids will go home! He saves Abby, Uriah, Nikki, Tori, Paige, Jordon, Liv, Eric, Elijah, Zachary and Oliva. The remaining 10 must make Filet Mignon and Fries.
Drew’s plating looks amazing and when Gordon cuts into his steak it is nice and pink. The flavor is fantastic. The steak is juicy and delicious. Aarón says the spice he added is dynamite, one of the best blends he has tasted. Christina loves his crispy and tasty Cajun fries. She says she is happy he is able to compete in the season because now she knows what an amazing chef he is and believes he is going to go far.
Khushi boiled her steak and it destroyed the texture of the meat. Unfortunately, she also burnt her fries. Aarón is disappointed; he excepted more from her.
Tony’s steak is a nice medium rare, it is seasoned well and tastes good. But his fries are cooked unevenly because they were cut unevenly. Knife skills are always important.
Blake nailed the cook on both his steak and fries. They both taste good; the beef is juicy and the fries are crisp. But Christina says it has no personality. She can’t tell who made it just by looking at it.
Logan’s steak is a bit too rare for Gordon’s liking, but the meat still tastes amazing and he loves her uniform, yummy fries.
Audrey’s steak is a hair overdone, but her great seasoning saves the dish from ruin. And her crispy, crunchy fries are some of the best of the night.
The cook and seasoning on Kenzie’s steak is textbook and it has an amazing taste. Her Texas-style fries are crispy, tasty and seasoned to a tee.
Arjun’s plating is wonderful, but his steak is overcooked, and his fries are undercooked. Despite a nice taste, Gordon is disappointed. He says, “You focused way too much on the look of the dish and not the flavors and that is something that will get you sent packing!”
Harrison was pressed for time and does not have the best plating, but he nailed all the elements. The steak is ruby red and has an incredible flavor and his fries are so good. Christina says, “If this had better plating it may have been the dish of the night.”
Sadly, Emily’s steak is blue raw!!! And her fries are undercooked and fall apart to the touch!! Emily says she was out of her element because she is more of a baker. Chef Aarón says, “If you want to win MasterChef Jr you need to be a well-rounded chef.”
KENZIE made the 2nd best dish and the best dish of the night belonged to …. DREW!!! (Applause). Khushi, Logan, Arjun and Emily are in the bottom and the 2 kids who are going forward are …. Logan and Arjun. That means Khushi and Emily are going home. They get lots of hugs and pats on the back walking out. Emily says, “I totally understand I should know how to do more than baking, but I still had a great time here. I will keep learning new skills every day.” Khushi says, “I had an amazing time in the Masterchef Kitchen. I can’t wait to go back home and continue cooking.”
Episode 2 For the first Team Challenge the top 20 will cook Rib Eye Steak with two sides for 101 firefighters. Drew is the Red Team Captain. His picks are Nikki, Uriah, Hunter, Olivia, Paige, Zachary, Elijah, Arjun and Abby. Kenzie is the Blue Team Captain. Her picks are Harrison, Eric, Audrey, Jordan, Tony, Logan, Tori, Liv and Blake.
On the Red Team Drew kindly asks Hunter want he wants to do to help the team😊. Hunter says he wants to make the bread for their Bacon Garlic Bread Croutons. Uriah nails the grilled mushrooms. Unfortunately, Nikki and Oliva overcook the meat and put it up to the pass, but Drew finds it in time and cooks new steaks properly. The Red Team is able to serve all the firefighters on time. On Kenzie’s Blue Team Tony obliterates the pasta for the Mac and Cheese, and they must 86 it and just serve Potatoes with a Cheese Sauce! On top of that they serve raw steak that Kenzie and Eric are cooking, and Gordon blows his stack!
In the end the winning team is ……. THE RED TEAM!
That means the Blue Team is in the Pressure Test. Back in The MasterChef Kitchen Kenzie gets to save 3 members of her team. She saves Harrison, Liv and Tori. The remaining kids must bake a Banana Cream Pie. During the cook time Jordan’s crust falls apart and he must redo the whole pie! Time is up.
Kenzie’s pie has a great crust and an incredible taste. You can really taste the banana. But Christina wants just a bit more of that pastry cream since it is so delicious. Other than that, she did a good job.
Jordan’s amazing pie looks like it came from a pastry shop. And the bake is stupendous. The crust is flaky, and the banana filling tastes like a dream. Aarón loves the whipped cream topping and says he did a great job bouncing back.
Audrey’s pie is very runny on top because she used her blow torch to caramelize the sliced bananas and it melted the whipped cream. But the pie itself tastes good.
Tony’s pie crust is very wet since he used too much butter. It tastes greasy. However, all the judges loves his pastry cream. But can it save him?
Logan’s pie is almost bare of any whipped cream. Although the pie crust is delicious and the pastry cream mind blowing.
Blake’s pie has a solid bake. It has a very good tasting crust and a heavenly cream, but he did not caramelize the bananas on top enough. About this mistake Christina says, “The rest of your pie is so good, I don’t even care!”
Eric’s pastry cream is so raw the judges can still see the runny egg whites. They cannot taste it. But he nailed the crust and the whipped cream topping, so that is something.
The best pie of the night belongs to … JORDAN!!!
Kenzie, Blake and Logan are also safe. That leaves Tony, Audrey and Eric. And the one going home is … Eric. ☹ He gets hugs from his friends. Eric says, “I am sad I never got to share my Texas flavors, but I got to cook for three amazing judges in the MasterChef Kitchen and it was really fun!”
The top 19 are shocked to find offal under their Mystery Boxes! Stuff like chicken feet, chicken liver, pigs’ ear, beef tongue and cheek! Uriah is freaking out since she has not ever eaten anything like this before, let alone tried to cook it herself. Everyone does their best.
The first best dish belongs to Drew. He made Fried Chicken Feet with Crispy Pig’s Ear. Gordon says he took a big risk using two different offal parts, but they both are cooked perfectly. “You nailed the cook on the feet. The coating is seasoned great and gives a nice crunch, and the meet is sweet and tender. And the pig ear, young man, is crispy and delicious. Phenomenal!” Christina loves it so much she takes more off the plate. And Aarón says, “Drew! If you keep cooking like this, you will go all the way to the finale!”
The next best dish is Tony’s Beef Cheek Ravioli. He nailed the beef and pasta, they taste divine. But he under seasoned them a bit. Gordon says, “I’m glad you are finally playing to your strengths. Welcome back to the competition!”
And the last best dish belongs to … Arjun. He made Liver and Onions. He cooked the liver well. It tastes as it should, however, some of the onions are undercooked. Christina wishes he left them off the dish, but the the rest of the plate is lovely.
And the Best Dish belongs to … DREW!!! He is safe and gets to pick the next challenge. Will it be Eclairs, Cream Puffs or Tiramisu? He decides his friends will make …. Eclairs!
During the cook time Hunter burns his first batch, but he is able to remake them before – Time is up!
Uriah’s Chocolate Eclairs look amazing. The dough has a wonderful taste, they have the right amount of chocolate filling and the filling itself is luscious. Christina is very impressed. She says she knew Uriah could cook, but now she knows she can bake too. Aarón takes a few eclairs out of the box for later. 😊
Hunter’s Vanilla Eclairs overflow with vanilla filling, but Aarón does not mind one bit since the taste is unreal. Aarón says, “Your pastry cream is amazing, the best yet. But, I wish your shells were larger and more uniform.” Gordon says they are some of the best eclairs he has ever tasted. Hunter is smiling a lot.
Nikki nailed the bake on the shell of her Banana Eclairs, but they lack her yummy banana filling. Christina is super bummed because it is very tasty. She says, “Girl, don’t hold back on the filling. Give us all you got!”
Aarón loves the taste of the filling in Zachary’s Dark Chocolate Éclairs. He especially loves the hint of chili that brings a little heat. He says, “Your flavors remind me of the desserts my mom used to make, straight to my heart.” Unfortunately, his shell is dry, and a tad overbaked.
Blake’s Mixed Berry Éclairs are a mess of tastes. Christina says, “There is too much going on here to detect all the great flavors. But, I gotta tell you, they are baked well.”
Abby’s Blueberry Éclairs are stuck to the bottom of the plate because the dough is under baked. But Aarón loves her filling. He says, “I really hope this fantastic blueberry filling it is enough to save you.”
Jordan’s White Chocolate Éclairs have a great bake, however he added way too much sugar and the filling is overly sweet for Gordon and Aarón. One the other hand, Christina loves the sweetness.
Tony nailed the cook on his Raspberry Éclairs, but Christina finds a big mistake. The seeds are still in the berry filling and it ruins the smooth texture of the delicious pastry cream.
Elijah’s Vanilla Bean Éclairs are the bomb. The dough is the best of night with just the right amount air and sweetness. And the filling is fabulous. Gordon says, “If this is what you can do at only 8, I can’t want to see even more from you! Great Job!”
Olivia’s Raspberry Éclairs look wonderful, but they lack flavor. When Christina asks her about her ingredients she realizes she forgot the sugar!!
URIAH and EILJAH are the top 2. Blake, Abby and Oliva are in the bottom 3. Blake is saved and the last one who is safe is … Abby. That means Oliva is going home. ☹ Before she leaves the MasterChef Kitchen everyone gives her a group hug. She says, “I am sad I am going home so soon, but I still got to be here and learn from the judges. It was a lot of fun!”
The top 18 will cook chicken breast for the guests and staff at a Kidz Bop Concert. Uriah is the Red Team Captain and her chosen teammates are Hunter, Paige, Zachary, Jordan, Audrey, Arjun, Nikki and Blake. Elijah is the Blue Team Captain and his chosen teammates are Drew, Abby, Liv, Kenzie, Tony, Tori, Logan and Harrison.
On the Red Team Paige and Blake overcook the chicken and Uriah must help them fix it. The Red Team is able to get all the plates out in a timely manner.
On the Blue Team Elijah is having trouble as team captain and he starts to cry, but Drew takes the older brother roll and gives him a little pep talk. Drew tells Elijah he knows he can do it and they quickly get back to work. However, it is still way too much for Elijah and he hands over the captain’s apron to Drew. Drew tells him it is okay and asks Elijah to help with the chicken. After a bumpy start the Blue Team also gets all the plates out in time.
In the end the wining team is the RED TEAM.
Back in the MasterChef Kitchen Drew and Elijah get to decide together who will be saved from the dreaded Pressure Test. They choose to save: Tori, Logan and Harrison. The remaining 6 kids have 60 minutes to make a Sausage in a Bun. During the cook time, Elijah is really feeling the pressure and is tearing up. Again, Drew is an amazing friend. He gives Elijah a hug and helps him get started by getting the meat out of the sausage maker before – Time is up.
Unfortunately, Elijah’s Miso Pork Sausage is dry from being overcooked. Gordon says, “Sadly the meat is overcooked, and you burned the bun. But you got the seasoning right and it helps lift up the taste. I really hope this dish does not send you home.”
Abby’s Maple Bacon Sausage is very good. It is cooked well; very juicy and tasty. Christina loves the homemade maple glaze sauce. “When I taste your sauce, Abby, it takes me right back to my childhood on the farm. Happy memories.”
Kenzie’s Chorizo Sausage is cooked to perfection and her bun is nice and crisp. But her Texas Style Sauce is way too spicy for Aarón because it has 3 hot peppers in it! The peppers overpower the great taste of the meat in the bun!
Drew’s Lamb & Pork Sausage is very moist. It is juicy and delicious, and the seasoning is spot on. Gordon says, “Wow! Your sausage combo is mind blowing! It has a great texture, and the way you seasoned the meat wow! And that pretzel bun is amazing. Good job!” In fact, Drew’s sausage is so good Gordon gives everyone in the Pressure Test a bite. They all love it.
Tony’s Spicy Italian Sausage is nicely cooked and the taste as out of this world. It is packed with so much flavor, but Chef Aarón says he is not getting the punch of spice he expected. He is a bit disappointed.
Liv’s Chicken Sausage has a big problem! It is pink, and it is not safe for the judges to taste. Christina says, “Oh Liv, I was really looking forward to your dish. The fact that it is too pink to eat is so disappointing.”
DREW and ABBY have to the top 2 dishes of the night. Kenzie and Tony are also safe. That leaves Liv and Elijah, and the young chef going home is …… Liv. ☹ Elijah runs to Drew with tears of relief and Drew gives him a huge hug and says “It’s okay, buddy. It’s okay.” And then all the kids gather for a big group hug. Liv and Elijah are at the center. As she is walking out Liv says, “I am so sad I made a silly mistake, but I made lots of new friends and I had a great time. I know now, I will never stop cooking!”
For the first Skills Test of the season the top 17 young home cooks have to break down a whole lobster in 20 minutes! Gordon starts the challenge with a demo to show the kids how to do it.
During the Skills Test time Kenzie is having trouble removing the lobster tail shell and she is basically destroying it! Next to her, Drew is taking apart the crustacean like a pro chef and Gordon tells the other judges it is a treat to watch him work. After time is up the judges look over the young cooks work and decided who is safe and who will cook is the next challenge: Drew-Yes, Uriah-Yes, Zachary-No, Harrison-Yes, Blake-No, Kenzie-No, Elijah-Yes, Logan-Yes, Audrey-Yes, Tony-Yes, Hunter-No, Paige-Yes, Jordan-Yes, Nikki-Yes, Abby-Yes, Arjun-No and Tori-Yes. The judges announce that DREW did the best job of the night!
Now Hunter, Arjun, Zachary, Blake and Kenzie have to make Gordon’s signature Lobster Tail with a Brown Butter Sauce. During this cook time Kenzie is still struggling. She burns the butter sauce twice and barely gets her plate finished before – time is up.
Hunter’s plate looks amazing His lobster meat is glistening white, the seasoning is on point and the taste of his brown butter sauce is heavenly. The lobster melts in the mouth. Gordon loves it so much he takes another bite. Christina says, “Hunter, it is so, so tasty. This dish proves you are not only you are a wonderful baker; you are also an amazing savory chef as well. Great job!”
Arjun made a huge mistake. He plated the lobster first and then drowned it in the butter sauce!!! Gordon says, “It looks like a goldfish floating in the tank.” The lobster is very greasy. The excess butter spoils the taste of the lobster meat which is actually cooked perfectly. “What a shame.”
Aarón loves Zachary’s dish. He says, “Zachary, here’s the deal, the cook on the lobster – awesome! The taste is unreal. And your sauce is dynamite, it really brings up the flavors. But, my one nitpick is the seasoning, it is a tad over peppered. Other than that, great job.”
Blake’s plating is very sloppy. Christina knows that he can do better, but she loves the taste of the luscious lobster. She says, “You nailed the seasoning, Blake. And your sauce has just the right amount of heat. Incredible cooking young man. Next time, make it pretty.”
Sadly, Kenzie’s lobster is very under seasoned and overcooked. The lobster meat is tough and chewy. But at least Gordon loves her sauce. He says it hides the overcooking of the lobster a bit Gordon asks, “Have you given up, young lady?” Kenzie says, “I will never give up.”
Hunter, Zachary and Blake have made great dishes and are safe. That leaves Arjun and Kenzie. And sadly, the one leaving is … Arjun. He is very disappointed and sad to go. He gets lots of hugs from his new friends before he leaves. Arjun says, “I am super bummed to be leaving, but I made some very amazing friends here. And I have become a better chef. I will go home and just cook more and more. Hopefully, I will open my restaurant one day.”
The top 16 will cook a high-class burger with a side or homemade sauce in 8 teams of 2. Since he did the best with the lobster, Drew gets to pick his team member as well as the other pairs. He chooses Hunter right away😊. The other teams are Nikki and Zachary, Elijah and Jordan, Harrison and Paige, Uriah and Kenzie, Tony and Logan, Tori and Audrey, and Abby and Blake. The winning team will get their recipe in Family Circle Magazine!
Drew and Hunter made a Multi-Spice Burger with a homemade bun. (Drew wanted a redemption from his last audition.) The burger is a nice medium rare but is all about the taste. Gordon takes a bite and he gives the boys a bite and asks them what they think. They both say it is very good and Gordon agrees. He says, “I mean guys, just wow! The taste of the burger is delicious, it is so juicy. The spices are mind blowing. They give the burger an unexpected punch of flavor, amazing job!” Christina says, “The burger is so good I want to eat more and more. This bun is unbelievable. Honestly I did not even think this was possible. And your oven fried pickles are inventive and crunchy ith a hint of sour. Good job.” Aarón says, “This is such an amazing bite, and it teaches me something about both of you young men. Drew, you are great student and can learn from your mistakes and Hunter, you can make amazing things from scratch.”
Abby and Blake made a Double Cheese Cheeseburger. It is clogged with cheese. It interfered with the cook on the patty making it very dry. On top of that the cheese is very gritty. Christina says, “This might have been something very special, but sadly it is a big letdown.” Luckily, they nailed their classic fries.
Nikki and Zachary made a Lamb Burger. The lamb patty is cooked perfectly. It has a great flavor to it. And the seasoning is spot on. Aarón says he loves how they took a risk since lamb can dry out super quick. However, their onion rings are undercooked
Audrey and Tori’s Classic Cheeseburger is overcooked and has just an ok taste. Their fries taste bland. Gordon says, “This burger is good for dinner at home on a Friday night, but not in the MasterChef Kitchen. It is way too simple.”
Jordan and Elijah’s Chicken Teriyaki Burger is a hit, the patty is cooked well and has a great taste. Jordon nailed the homemade chips. Elijah’s homemade teriyaki sauce is out of this world, Aarón says it is his favorite thing on the plate and he should sell it by the jar.
Logan and Tony’s Turkey Burger is well seasoned, but on the dry side. Christina says that Logan’s homemade coleslaw masks the fact that the meat is dry. She says, “It takes a good darn slaw to do that.”
Kenzie and Uriah made a Texas Style Burger. Aarón says, “Here’s the deal, the taste on the burger is excellent, the cook is spot on. Kenzie your Texas sauce is nice and spicy-love that. My issue it not with the burger but with your team. Uriah you really only made the mushrooms. I wish you did more. Maybe you could have made your own spice mix or done something with the bun. This feels like it was made by Kenzie, not Kenzie and Uriah.”
Harrison and Paige’s BBQ Burger is so raw it is like a beef tartar! It has no taste and no seasoning. Gordon is so disappointed. He says, “Ladies, the meat looks so bad, I don’t even want to taste it!!!” And they forgot their side!
The wining team is DREW AND HUNTER!!! Nikki and Zachary, Elijah and Jordon, Logan and Tony, and Uriah and Kenzie are also safe.
The remaining 6 remaining kids will bake Crème Brûlée. During the bake time Blake chars his first one and he has to make a new one with 10 minutes left! After time is up the judges taste each one at the same time with no comments. In the end the best Crème Brûlée belongs to …. BLAKE!!! It was perfectly browned and crisp on top and nice and creamy inside. Abby, Tori and Paige are safe.
Harrison and Audrey are in the bottom. Audrey forgot to torch hers and Harrison’s was under baked. And the one who is safe is ……. Audrey. That means Harrison is going home. 😦 He gets lots of hugs walking out. He says, “I am sad to go, but I made it on MasterChef Junior. It’s been a dream of mine. I had so much fun here and I will go back home and keep cooking foe my family and friends.”
For the next Mystery Box, the top 15 will cook a perfect egg dish.
The first best dish belongs to Logan. She made a poached Egg. When Gordon cuts into the yolk, it’s nice and runny. The taste is mind- blowing and the seasoning is perfection. Gordon says, it took him years to get it right and she has mastered at 14!
The next best dish belongs to Zachary He made a nice and fluffy omelet. It has the right amount of black pepper and a heavenly taste. Christina says she has never seen an omelet as high end as this.
The last dish belongs to Nikki. She made a classic scrambled eggs. Chef Aarón says, “They are so good Nikki. so good. The cook is spot on, and I just love the seasoning. It is a simple dish, but it is very good. Good job.”
The winner is … LOGAN! She is safe and gets to pick the 7 she thinks are the strongest cooks. She picks: Nikki, Zachary, Blake, Tony, Tori, Kenzie, and Audrey. She gets to save either them or the other 7 young chefs. She saves the strongest cooks since she wants to compete with the best.
The remaining 7 cooks will have to make Gordon’s Classic Fish and Chips, newspaper and all. During the cook time, Uriah does not know how to fry the fish, but Drew helps her. Time is up
Drew’s plating is breathtaking. The breading on the cod is crispy and seasoned well. Inside the fish is glistening and tastes absolutely delicious. It melts in Gordon’s mouth. The combination of fish and breadcrumbs is to-die-for. And his fries are remarkable; evenly cut, well-seasoned, salty, crispy and very tasty. Gordon says, “I hope this sends a message to Logan that you are one of the best chefs here. Good job!”
Uriah’s breading is falling off and has no seasoning, and her fish is way overcooked and chewy. However, she nailed her fries. Aarón says, “To be a good chef you have to learn to cook foods and styles that you are not comfortable with, and sadly I don’t know if you did enough.”
Hunter’s fish is seasoned well, cooked to the right temp and has a great taste. But Christina likes his amazing fries more than the fish itself. She can’t explain why the fries are so crispy and taste so delicious, she just keeps eating more and more.
Jordan nailed the cook on his fish and the taste is outstanding, but Gordon is disappointed with his fries. They are charred and don’t taste very good, and the fries are just as important as the fish. Gordon says, “It is a half-completed dish.”
Paige nailed the cook on her fish and the taste is luscious. It has the right amount of salt and pepper. She perfected her fries, very crispy and tasty. Christina says it is the best dish she has seen from her so far. 😊
Elijah’s fish is in very small portions. Gordon says its fish fingers and chips. (everyone laughs) 😊 But, the seasoning is on point and the fish tastes amazing. His thick cut potato fries are a bright spot in his overall dish.
And finally, Abby’s fish is so undercooked it’s like sushi. It is stone cold and none of the judges can eat it! On top of that, her fries are soggy. 😦
DREW AND PAIGE are top 2 of the night! Hunter and Elijah are safe as well. That leaves Uriah, Jordon and Abby. Uriah and Jordon are saved. Sadly, Abby is the next home cook to go. 😦 She gets lots of comforting hugs walking out. She says, “I am happy I finally made it on Masterchef Jr. It was a blast being here. I made really good friends and I got to cook amazing food. I’m a way better chef then before I came here.”
It is charity night in the MasterChef Kitchen. The top 14 will cook for 30 founders of charities. Drew is getting super emotional when he hears one of them is for anti-bullying. He says he was bullied, and he used cooking as a means to help himself feel strong and show other kids not to let bullies get you down. Drew and Paige are the captains today. Drew is the Blue Team Captain and his picks are Nikki, Kenzie, Uriah, Audrey, Elijah and Jordan. Paige is the Red Team Captain and her picks are Logan, Tori, Hunter, Blake, Zachary and Tony.
On the Red Team Logan is confident she can cook the sea bass, but she burns a whole tray!!! And the team has to cut the fish in half to make 30 plates!! On Drew’s Blue Team Kenzie serves RAW DUCK!! But Drew puts it back in the pan and cooks it. Both teams finish strong. The winning team is … THE BLUE TEAM!!!!!!!
The Red Team has to pick together who should be safe from the Pressure Test. They pick Tori since she got all the plates done in time. The remaining 6 kids have to bake a box of 12 French Macarons!
During the bake time Hunter is getting flustered since he has never made macarons before. All the kids on the balcony are cheering and saying, “You can do it Hunter.” Zachary is a great friend when he helps Hunter knock the air out of his shells. Logan is pressed for time and in the last seconds she crams her cookies into the box! Time is up.
Paige’s Coffee Macarons look nice on the outside, but they are very overbaked, and the coffee filling tastes way too strong. It is the only thing Gordon can taste. He says he expected more from her since she is one of the best bakers on the show.
Hunter’s Birthday Cake Macarons look very colorful and fun. They have a scrumptious vanilla taste. Even though it has lots of filling Christina does not mind because filling is her favorite part of any macaron. The filling it just so good and the shell is baked well and tastes divine. The only thing that Christina does not like is she has to share them with Gordon and Aarón. She just wants to take them in the lounge and eat them all. 😊
Tony’s Pistachio Macarons have a smooth shell and amazing feet. They are very chewy inside but Aarón says that Tony did not get all the shells out of the nuts. “You know what shells in baked goods mean Tony? A visit to the dentist.”
Zachary’s Classic Vanilla Bean Macarons are a hit. Christina loves the nice creamy filling in the center and the cookie itself is baked well and tastes incredible. She says, “This is a testament that sometimes classics still work.”
Logan’s Strawberry Macarons are jammed into the box and they are all broken. Gordon says, “I know you were pressed for time, but this is not how you treat something as delicate as a macaron.” And the irony is, they taste really good. She got the berry flavor in the cookie as well as the filling.
And Blake’s Chocolate Macarons are baked well, but Gordon thinks there is way too much chocolate in inside and it spoils the taste of the cookie. But Christina and Aarón say it gives them a nice rich taste.
HUNTER made the best Macarons of the night!!! Tony, Blake and Zachary are also safe. That leaves Logan and Paige and the one who is safe is ……. Paige. That means Logan is going home. 😦 She gets lots of comforting hugs walking out of the kitchen. She says, “I am shocked to be going home, but at least I won one Mystery Box. I will never give up on my food dream.”
For the next Mystery Box, the top 13 will make a restaurant quality breakfast dish in 60 minutes.
The first best dish belongs to Blake with his Buttermilk Pancakes and Homemade Maple Syrup. The pancakes are light and fluffy, and Chef Gordon loves his syrup. He says, “Tasting this I can tell you are thinking like a chef and cooking like a chef.” 😊
The next dish belongs to …. Jordan. He made Mango Turnovers. They are flaky, crispy and they taste amazing. The mango flavor gives them a nice pop. Christina says it is one of the best plates she has seen from him so far. Chef Aarón says he can win the whole thing if he keeps cooking like this.
And the last dish belongs to Nikki. She made Chicken and Waffles. The chicken is nice and crispy and tastes delicious. Her waffles are fluffy and are toasted well. But, Aarón says her breading on her chicken needs a hair more seasoning.
And the winner is … JORDAN!! He is safe. The remaining 12 kids have to make an apple dish, and Jordan gets to pick who does sweet and who does savory. Drew, Zachary, Blake, Paige, Tori and Tony get savory and Nikki, Kenzie, Hunter, Uriah, Elijah and Audrey get sweet. And when time it up, Jordan gets to save 1 kid from each group. He saves Tori and Kenzie.
Drew made Apple Stuffed Pork Chop. Inside the pork is spot on, moist and slightly pink with just the right amount of apples. He nailed the taste the pork itself, it is juicy and delicious. The apples are cooked down enough to give the pork that nice taste of apple and all the judges love the seasoning. Gordon says, “Young man, this is one of your best dishes you made so far! You are raising the bar. Great job.” And Christina loves his Baked Apple Potato side, they are something that she has never tasted before.
Nikki’s Apple Crumble is under baked and is falling apart. When Christina tries to get a spoon full she says, “It tastes fine, I am getting the apple, but this has been one of your weakest dishes. I don’t know if it is good enough, I’m sorry.”
Blake’s Apple Crusted Steak is overcooked, but you can really taste the apple. Aarón says he really did not make the apple the star of the dish. However, the steak tastes ok and he loves his Apple Fries, they are crispy, and the flavor is there.
Uriah’s Apple Tartlet is baked to perfection! The crust is nice and flaky and tastes heavenly. Aarón says it is the best dessert he has seen from her. Christina loves the pastry cream; it elevates the taste of the tart.
Paige made Apple Roasted Chicken Breast. It is a tad on the dry side, but you don’t realize it because of the great apple taste. Gordon says, “It is a good effort for a hard challenge. Your seasoning is there, which helps a lot, but you just overcooked your protein. You will know better next time, right?”
Christina loves Hunter’s Mini Apple Pie. She says, “Hunter this dessert is phenomenal! The crust is golden brown and flaky. And the bite with the caramelized apples is outstanding. If you keep cooking like this you could win this whole competition. Great job buddy!”
Zachary’s Apple Infused Sausage is a hit. The meat is cooked beautifully. The apple flavor with the spiced pork is unbelievable! Aarón says, “This is a great idea for a home cook your age. I gotta tell you, young man, you are cooking way beyond your years. Well done.”
All three of the judges love Elijah’s Apple Cobbler. Christina says it has a nice crunch to it and it is very flavorful, but even better she loves his Apple Ice Cream. It is very creamy, and the taste stands out, it can be a dish on its own. Christina eats the whole thing!
Audrey’s Apple Cake is a simple but a great bite. The sponge is fluffy, and you get a taste of apple in every bite. Christina loves it so much she takes 2 more bites. She says, “Sometimes simple works and tonight it does.”
And finally, Tony’s Apple Pasta is problematic. Gordon says, “Even though the pasta is cooked well and tastes fine it only has one, two, three, four, five pieces of apple. And Tony, this is an apple challenge, not a pasta challenge.” Gordon says he doesn’t know if Tony can go further because he keeps making the same thing over and over again.
DREW, HUNTER, URIAH and ZACHARY have the top four dishes of the night! Blake, Nikki and Tony are in the bottom. Nikki is saved first and the last one safe is …… Blake. That means Tony is going home. ☹ He is very disappointed and the remaining 12 chefs tell him they will miss him a lot. Tony says, “I am sad I am going home, but I feel like I did the best I could. I will go home and learn more savory dishes. I will never stop cooking or baking.”
The top 12 will be in 6 teams of 2 and each kid will make a Beef Wellington and they will pick which one the judges will taste. The teams are Drew and Nikki, Zachary and Kenzie, Hunter and Paige, Elijah and Uriah, Jordon and Tori, and Blake and Audrey.
Drew and Nikki are up first, they pick Drew’s Welli. It is cooked to perfection with a ruby red center and texture that melts in the mouth. The hot mustard gives it a pleasing heat, the mushroom duxelles is amazing, and he nailed the crepe and the puff pastry. Gordon says, “Honestly this is one of the Beef Wellingtons I have ever had.”
Zachary and Kenzie pick Kenzie’s Welli for the judges. Sadly, the meat is hammered and has an unpleasant taste! She forgot to add the mustard, her crepe is falling apart, and her mushrooms are charred! Christina is disappointed because she expected more from Kenzie.
Hunter and Paige picked Hunter’s Welli for tasting. Chef Aarón loves it! He says, “Hunter, here’s the deal, the cook on the beef is amazing and the taste is unreal. The mustard is nice and spicy, and your puff pastry is the best of the night. The crepe is well cooked, and I love love your mushroom. Good job!”
Elijah and Uriah are up next, they pick Uriah’s Welli. She nailed it! The cook on her beef is amazing and it tastes outstanding! She used just the right amount of mustard. Her mushrooms have an excellent flavor and the crepe is textbook. Gordon is very impressed.
Blake and Audrey pick Blake’s Welli. Sadly, the puff pastry and beef are overcooked. But Blake’s liberal use of mustard hides the fact the beef is overdone. He also cooked the mushroom to a tee and the crepe is fabulous. Gordon says, “I really wish the beef was cooked properly since this might have been one of the best tonight.”
And Tori and Jordan picked Tori’s Welli. Unfortunately, the pastry and filet are very raw. On top of that, the mushrooms are soggy, and she forgot all about the mustard and the crepe. Aarón says, “Young lady, I hate to tell you this, but the dish has lots of issues.”
Drew and Nikki, Hunter and Paige, and Uriah and Elijah are safe. And last the team that is safe is …. Blake and Audrey.
Kenzie, Zachary, Tori and Jordan have to make Eggs Benedict and 2 will go home tonight!
Jordan nailed the dish. The egg is nice and runny, the muffin is baked well, and the sauce is so good. Gordon says the way the dish looks and tastes it can be mistaken for his own in a blind taste test!
Tori’s egg is undercooked, inedible. The sauce is wet, and the muffin is so burnt no one can bite into it! She is having a hard day. ☹
Zachary got the correct cook on the egg and muffin. They taste divine, but the sauce is broken. It does not taste like anything good and it is supposed to be one of the stars of the dish!
And Kenzie’s egg is overcooked, but her sauce is the best of the night and she nailed the muffin. Christina hopes it is good enough to keep her in.
JORDAN is the first one safe and the last one safe is …. Kenzie. Sadly, Zachary and Tori are going home. They get a huge group hug before walking out. 😊 Tori says, “I am a bit sad to be going home, but I know I am still a great chef and baker. I will open my bakery one day” Zachary says, “I had so much fun in the MasterChef Kitchen. I made lots of friends that I will have forever.”
The top 10 learn they will not be cooking tonight! The last 8 elimated kids come back they will cook in 2 challenges and 2 young chefs will return in the competition. The young chefs are: HARRISON, ABBY, LOGAN, TONY, ZACHARY and TORI! All the kids on the balcony are cheering and giving them a warm welcome as they run back into the kitchen.
For the first challenge the kids will make as many Sunnyside Up Eggs as they can. One will win back the apron in this round and the 2 runners-up will compete for the last apron. Sadly meaning 3 will go home before the next round.
After the 10 minutes is up the judges look over every egg and decide the first young chef returning with 12 perfect eggs is …. ABBY! She runs up to the balcony and hugs her fellow Season 6 returnee, Drew. Tony and Zachary will continue since they made 10 and 11 excellent eggs. Sadly Logan, Tori and Harrison only made 6, 8 and 9 eggs respectively, and have to go home again. But first all the kids hug them goodbye as they exit. 😊
Tony and Zachary will cook Pan Seared Salmon and the judges won’t know who cooked which dish. The judges will leave the kitchen in the last minutes. It will be Red Salmon vs Blue Salmon. During the cook time Tony burns his only salmon but Zachary gives him his backup. 😊 Zachary says, “Tony is my friend and even though I want to win that doesn’t mean I won’t help. I don’t want to win like that. No way.” All the kids on the balcony are cheering for both of them. Time is up.
Red Salmon is cooked beautifully. It is well seasoned and tastes great, but it was put skin side down, thus the skin is soggy. The Blue Salmon is also cooked to a tee and it tastes delicious. The skin is crispy and brings up the taste of the fish. but the fish is a tad under seasoned.
The best salmon is Blue, and that dish belongs to …….. ZACHARY!!! He is so happy he hugs Tony and runs up to the balcony. And then all the kids come down to walk Tony out of the kitchen for the last time. 😊
The top 12 arrive at a kid’s party for the next Team Challenge. Hunter and Audrey are the Team Captains. Hunter is the Blue Team Captain his picks are Nikki, Uriah, Jordan, Abby and Zachary. Audrey is the Red Team Captain her picks are Blake, Paige, Drew, Kenzie and Elijah. The teams will cook either Fried Fish or Fried Chicken.
At first, Hunter is having trouble as the team captain. He is very nervous since this is the first team challenge he has done without his friend Paige, but Zachary helps him calm down. In the end, Hunter is an amazing team captain and they get all the fried chicken cooked and serve all the kids. On the Red Team Kenzie puts up raw fish! Luckily, Drew refires enough portions in time and they finish well. The winning team is BLUE TEAM!
Back in the Masterchef Kitchen the Red Team will make Dumplings with a Sauce for the Pressure Test.
Audrey’s Dumplings are very sloppy. They have an uneven amount of meat, but they taste very good. The dough is cooked nicely, and her sour cream sauce gives it a kick. Gordon says, “These dumplings need to be eaten in the dark. They look horrible, but they taste amazing.”
Drew’s Dumplings look incredible. The dough is cooked and wrapped nicely. They are not too greasy. The cook on the meat is spot on, and the taste is amazing. It is super delicious and flavorful. And Drew’s spicy sauce is amazing. Christina says the dumplings are elevated enough to be in a high-class restaurant!
Elijah does not have lots of dumplings in his box, but the ones he did get in taste amazing. The meat is juicy. Chef Aarón loves that he made his Teriyaki Sauce again, it is the best sauce he has ever tasted, even better than last time!
Kenzie’s Dumplings look great on the outside, but on the inside the meat in a tad overcooked and chewy, and the dough too greasy. In addition, her Texas-Style Sauce is runny.
Paige’s Dumplings are very undercooked and are coved in grease! The meat is disintegrating and does not taste good at all. And her BBQ Sauce is broken. Gordon says it is her weakest performance so far.
Blake’s Dumplings have a great presentation; however, they are a tad too greasy. It upsets the taste is the meat. But Aarón loves his Spicy Sauce and says it saves the overall taste of the dumplings.
DREW made the best Dumplings of the night. Elijah, Audrey and Blake are also safe. That leaves Kenzie and Paige. And the one going home is … Paige. ☹ She gets lot of hugs from her friends and the judges before walking out. When Gordon asks her who she thinks might be a winner, she says she is sure it will be Hunter. Paige says, “I am super sad to be going, but I had a lot of fun here. ‘Congratulations Paige’ I have cooked some great dishes and made lifelong friends. ‘This is such an amazing dish, Paige’ ‘Thank You.’ I will go back home proud, and I will open my bakery one day.”
For the next Skills Test the top 11 will have to deshell, devein and cook shrimp in only 30 minutes! And only 5 can be saved from the next challenge!!!
After time is up the judges look over and taste the young chefs’ work. The 5 young cooks who are safe are: Drew, Abby, Elijah, Zachary and Uriah! The two who made the most delicious shrimp are ….. DREW AND ZACHARY! They will get a big advantage in the next stage of the competition.
The remaining six kids now must make Fried Shrimp with Marinara Sauce.
Hunter’s shrimp is cooked well. The taste is outstanding, the shrimp is delicious, and the seasoning is on point. The crunchy coating is mind-blowing, and his marinara sauce gives the shrimp a nice kick. Christina says she can confirm that Hunter is not going home tonight and welcomes him in the top 10!
Nikki also did well with the challenge. The cook on her shrimp is textbook, and the taste of the succulent shellfish is great. The flavors blend together well, and her sauce is a terrific edition to the dish. Gordon says, “This is one of the best shrimp dishes I’ve ever had.”
Sadly, Jordan’s shrimp is overcooked. It is very rubbery and has no taste. However, the breading is seasoned well, and Jordan’s sauce is very good. Aarón hopes the two elements can save him.
Kenzie nailed the cook on the shrimp. But it is way over seasoned with salt and pepper and her sauce is too spicy. Christina can only take one bite!
Audrey’s plating is all over the place, it is not MasterChef quality. However, everything on the dish is cooked well. The taste of the shrimp is amazing, and Aarón loves the breading. But her sauce is bland.
Blake’s shrimp is very undercooked. The Panko is falling of the shrimp as Gordon picks it up, he is very disappointed. On top of that Blake forgot his sauce!
HUNTER AND NIKKI are the top 2 for the challenge! Audrey and Kenzie are also safe. That leaves Jordan and Blake and the last one safe is ……..Jordan. That means Blake is going home. ☹ He gets hugs from the judges and before he walks out his friends hug him goodbye. He says he thinks Zachary will become one of the joint winners. Blake says, “I am so proud of myself. ‘Wow Blake this plate looks gorgeous! Thank you Chef.’ I have learned so much here and made amazing friends. ‘Blake, my man, this is such a tasty pie. Thank you, Aarón.’ I may not have won the title, but I feel like I have gotten so much more than that. I know that no matter what I will be an amazing chef one day.”
The top 10 will compete in a food truck challenge at a local park. Drew and Zachary are the team captains. Zachary wins a coin toss and gets to pick his entire Blue Team! His picks are Kenzie, Jordan, Audrey and Abby. Drew’s Red Team is: Hunter, Uriah, Elijah and Nikki.
The two teams will make Burgers and Fries and Fried Fish. On Drew’s team, Nikki burns the fries and Hunter helps her start a new batch. When Elijah needs help with the beef patties Drew steps in to assist. On Zachary’s team, he can’t get his cooks working together! As a result of this Abby puts up raw fish and burgers! Gordon gets very upset, but Kenzie and Jordan help and get them cooked. Both teams finish strong. The winning team is THE RED TEAM!!
Back in the MasterChef Kitchen, each judge gets to save one kid from the Pressure Test. Aarón saves Jordan for his work on the fries and fish. Christina saves Audrey since she had fast plating at the end of the challenge. And Gordon saves ……. Kenzie for her work on the beef.
In a twist of irony, newly returned Abby and Zachary will go head to head and make a Mini Chocolate Cake. During the cook time, Zachary’s sponge falls on the floor, but Abby helps Zachery and gives him extra batter. And when Abby is having trouble getting her cake on the plate Zachary helps her lift it with a spatula. Time is up. The two chefs hug each other and say, “May the best cake win.”
Zachary’s cake is very sloppy on the outside, but inside the layers are even and look amazing. Gordon thinks the cake is a tad under baked. When Christina tastes it she says, “Zachary, it’s delicious! The frosting tastes heavenly. I don’t think the cake is underbaked, I think it is just soft. Your sponge itself is delicious, I just want to go back for another bite. I really hope this cake can save you.”
Abby’s cake looks amazing on the outside, and the cake layers look just as good as Zachary’s. The cake itself is baked well. But she made a big mistake, she put salt instead of sugar! It spoils the great taste of the amazing, moist and fluffy cake. But her frosting is creamy and very delicious. Gordon says, if the cake had sugar it might have been the winning cake. But now it will be a hard choice who gets in the top nine.
And the one who is safe is …… Zachary. That means Abby is going home for the third time! ☹ She gets hugs from the 3 judges and when Gordon asks Abby who she thinks will win, she says she believes Drew will become one of the winners. Abby gets lots lot big hugs walking out of the MasterChef Kitchen. She says, “Coming back into this competition was everything to me. ‘Congratulations ABBY.’ I’ve never been given a second chance before in my life. Even though I was only here for a short time I’ve learned so much. ‘The shrimp is so good.’ ‘Thank you.’ ‘Well-done Abby.’ I will go back home and keep on cooking and open my little café one day.”
For the next Mystery Box, the top 9 will make a dessert with Nutella. The first best dish belongs to Uriah, she made Nutella Biscuits. They are baked well and taste great. You get the fluffiness of the biscuit and the creamy Nutella in one bite. Gordon says she is starting to become a real frontrunner.
The next dish belongs to Zachary, he made Nutella Stuffed Cookies. They are baked well and have a great punch of hazelnut flavor. Christina says, “The cookie is light and fluffy. The flavors are so good, very nutty and chewy. I am happy that you are now showing everyone you can bake.” Chef Gordon says he knows what a great chef Zachary is if he can elevate something like cookies.
And the last dish belongs to Elijah, he made Nutella Waffles. They are delicate and taste delicious with his amazing homemade Nutella syrup. Aarón wishes there was just one more waffle on the dish, but overall good job.
And the winner is …. ZACHARY!! He is safe and picks the teams for the upcoming Tag Team Challenge. The 4 teams are: Drew and Hunter, Nikki and Audrey, Kenzie and Elijah, and Jordan and Uriah. Zachary puts the young chefs he thinks will work well together since he wants to be nice.
The 4 teams will have to cook a BBQ Platter with: Grilled Chicken Strips, Lamb Kofta, Pork Medallions, Beef Sliders, Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Veggies.
During the cook time Drew is being a great partner with Hunter, calmly telling him what to do, not raising his voice and motivating him as he gets flustered. 😊And Hunter is doing great with the fast-paced challenge. Kenzie and Elijah have a rocky start, but once they get in a groove they finish well. Elijah does the little elements like the chicken, while Kenzie does the harder stuff like the sliders. Nikki and Audrey start well but things go awry! They are yelling at each other and messing up the elements, and some of the veggies fall in the grill! Jordan and Uriah are not communicating well. Jordan is having Uriah do 4 out of 6 elements and sticking to what he knows how to make. She is getting overwhelmed. Time is up.
Drew and Hunter’s platter looks amazing. The chicken is moist and delicious. Gordon loves the tender Lamb Koftas and Christina loves the juicy pork. Hunter nailed the cook and spice on the shrimp and both boys perfected the grilled veggies. All 3 of the judges are impressed by Drew’s creative Spicy Sliders. They are juicy and taste so delicious Aarón goes for seconds. Christina says, “I’m really astounded by the way you two worked together on this difficult challenge. Great job young men!”
Nikki and Audrey’s platter is very bad. The chicken is raw, the lamb is hammered and has no flavor. They only got one slider on the platter and it is undercooked. They forgot all about the pork and the veggies are charred. But Nikki cooked the shrimp well, and it is very tasty. Aarón says the platter is just a disaster and he expects more since Nikki and Audrey have done a lot better in previous challenges.
Kenzie and Elijah’s platter is good. Elijah’s Miso Chicken is cooked well, it is moist and tastes yummy. Kenzie nailed the cook on the pork and the sliders. The worked together and made some tasty shrimp and very good veggies. But the lamb is a tad overcooked. An overall good job.
Jordan and Uriah’s platter is not as good. Jordan’s chicken is overcooked and tastes dry. Aarón says overcooked white meat is one of his least favorite things. His veggies are mushy, and the shrimp is undercooked, it is inedible. But Uriah made juicy siders, very tender and tasty pork, and well-seasoned Lamb Kofta.
DREW and HUNTER made the best platter of the night! Elijah and Kenzie are also safe. That leaves Uriah and Jordan, and Audrey and Nikki the last safe team is … Uriah and Jordan, thanks to how well Uriah did on some of the elements. That means Nikki and Audrey are in the bottom, and the young chef who is sadly going home is …. Audrey. 😦
She gets lots of hugs from her friends and the judges alike. When asked who will win, Audrey believes Kenzie will go all the way. Before leaving Audrey says. “I am sad to go, but I feel like I did a lot here. ‘Let’s get one thing right, the protein you nailed.’ I cooked in some amazing places, I made some lifelong friends, and I made so many great dishes. ‘That pie is so good.’ ‘Thank you, Chef.’ ‘This is a simple, but amazing dish.’ ‘Thanks. Chef Gordon.’ ‘THE RED TEAM!’ I will go home and keep doing what I do best.”
The top 8 will compete in a 3-part baking skills test. In round one four chefs will be saved, then in the next round two young chefs will go though, leaving the last two kids to bake head to head for the last spot in the top 7.
In round 1 the kids will bake the first thing everyone learns to bake COOKIES! They must bake up 3 perfect sugar cookies.
Kenzie only got 2 cookies on the plate. Sadly, they don’t even taste that good since she added too much sugar.
Hunter’s cookies have uneven shapes, however they have a really good taste. Christina says they taste as good as the cookies she can make at Milk Bar.
Nikki’s cookies look burnt and taste burnt, and this not a good thing.
Christina loves Drew’s cookies; they are baked just the way she likes. They have nice, soft texture and taste amazing. She takes the whole cookie back to the main stage.
The edges of Zachary’s cookies are overbaked, but the middle is baked well and tastes so yummy.
Sadly, Elijah’s cookies are too big. They are under baked and falling apart.
Jordan’s cookies are hard as a rock. Aarón needs a knife to break off a bite and they are hard to chew.
Uriah nailed the bake on her cookies, they are nice and chewy. Gordon is very impressed.
Drew, Uriah, Hunter and… Zachary are safe
The 4 remaining kids must bake 3 perfect cupcakes.
Kenzie’s Raspberry Cupcakes are baked well, but some of the raspberries still have seeds in them and it ruins the texture of the sponge.
Nikki’s Chocolate Cupcakes are a tad under baked, but they still have that amazing chocolatey flavor.
Elijah’s Strawberry Cupcakes are under baked because the fresh strawberry made the sponge very wet.
And Jordan’s Vanilla Cupcakes are the bomb! The sponge is baked well, and the frosting tastes so good it’s unreal.
Nikki and Jordan are safe.
Finally, Kenzie and Elijah have to bake a flawless Chocolate Malted Lava Cake! After time is up all three judges taste both cakes without comment and walk away to confer. Both cakes are practically perfect, and it is going to be hard to decide which chef should stay and which should go home.
After much discussion it is finally decided that the last chef in the top 7 is ……. Kenzie. Sadly, that means Elijah is going home. 😦 He starts to cry, but all the kids come from where they are standing and give him a big group hug. 😊 Then the judges ask Elijah who he thinks will win, and he tearfully says it will be his buddy, Drew. All the kids walk Elijah out of the MasterChef Kitchen. He says, “I have been cooking as long as I can remember. This is the best time I ever had in my 8 years of living. ‘Congratulations Elijah.’ I came here with the ultimate goal of being the youngest MasterChef Jr winner. ‘Wow, this tastes gooood Drew!’ But to make it to the Top 8 is an accomplishment in and of itself. ‘Remind me again, how old are you?’ ‘Eight.’ ‘Eight?! Holy Mackerel!’ I’m definitely gonna miss all my new friends. ‘Let’s give Elijah a group hug.’ I got to cook for 3 of the best chefs in the world. ‘That teriyaki sauce is so good you should sell it by the jar.’ ‘Wow they taste incredible.’ I’ve learned so much these past weeks, and you can’t put a price on that. I would pay $100,000 just for this experience. ‘RED TEAM!’ YEAH!!’ I am going to go back home and see what amazing things I can cook now.”
The top 7 lift their Mystery Boxes and find a letter from their family. Drew’s letter says how he has been through a lot and fought though it all, and how he is one of the bravest kids his mom knows. She is very proud of him. Nikki’s letter says her dad is proud of how she follows her dreams, and her family will always support her. Hunter’s letter says his mom is very proud that he never gives up or lets anything get in the way of his goals in life, and she knows he will go far. Zachary’s letter says his dad is very proud of him and he is the best chef and baker he knows. Uriah’s letter says no matter what happens she should never give up on her dreams, and anything is possible. Kenzie’s letter says that her dad is impressed by how much she has grown, and her cooking skills have gotten better and better. And Jordan’s letter says his family knows he is the best baker ever and they know one day he will open up a bakery.
Gordon sends the young chefs to the pantry to collect ingredients for a family inspired dish. When they return they are shocked to find them waiting for them at their stations: Drew’s mom, Abby; Zachary’s dad, Gary; Kenzie’s dad, Sean; Jordan’s mom, Charlene; Nikki’s dad, Mike; Uriah’s mom, Naeemah; and Hunter’s mom, Audrey. After many hugs the kids get cooking.
The first best dish is … Uriah’s Shrimp & Rice Cakes. She makes them for her family a lot for dinner. The shrimp is glistening white and the taste of the shrimp itself is amazing. The cook on the rice is spot on, and the seasoning on both elements is on point. The dish has an overall luscious taste. Christina says she has elevated a very simple dish. Chef Aarón loves the spices and Uriah says she sells them by the jar at home. Aarón asks if he can have some, and she says sure.
The next dish belongs to Drew, he made a Pan Seared Pork Chop. It is cooked perfectly, juicy and delicious. The sear gives it a nice crunch, and his seasoning is excellent. Gordon loves it so much he takes another bite. Aarón loves his homemade Cajun sauce because it gives the pork a great amount of spice, just how his likes pork. When Christina asks Drew what this dish means to him, he says it is one of his favorite dishes to cook for his mom. Christina asks his mom to taste it and Abby says it is very good.
The last best dish belongs to Zachary. He made Pan Seared Sea Bass. The fish has a beautiful cook and it melts in the mouth. The salt and pepper lifts the taste of the sometimes-bland fish. Aarón says the dish proves that Zachary is a well-rounded chef, an amazing savory chef and a great baker.
And the winner is…DREW!!!! He can either save himself from elimination or save someone else. He wants to save one of the friends and picks Zachary. He does this since he does not want to take a free pass to the top 6.
The remaining 6 kids have to make a dish with a type of lamb: lamb chops, boneless lamb, lamb loin, lamb shank, lamb kofta or ground lamb. Drew gets to pick one for himself and hand out the other five. He picks boneless for himself. He gives Kenzie the lamb chops, Hunter gets lamb loin, Uriah gets lamb kofta, Nikki gets lamb shank and Jordan gets ground lamb.
Drew’s Five Spice Boneless Lamb is a perfect medium rare, it has great texture and delicious taste. The lamb still has its juiciness inside, you just want to eat more and more of it. He nailed the Five Spice seasoning because it is not too spicy, and it brings up the taste of the lamb. Gordon says Five Spice is hard to get right and he has mastered it at age 13. The dish is so good it could be put in any of Gordon’s restaurants. Drew is thrilled.
Jordan’s Lamb Burger is very sloppy. The bun is burnt on both sides, and even though the lamb is cooked well it has no seasoning and tastes bland. Aarón says the dish is way too simple for the top 7 of Masterchef Jr, and it is his weakest dish so far.
Nikki’s Lamb Shanks are cooked well, but she did not chop the fat off off one piece, and it has an unpleasant taste. The other piece is moist and well-seasoned and tastes better. Gordon says, “Oh Nikki, if you had cut the fat off this shank, it would have been such an amazing dish. What a shame.”
Hunter’s Lamb Loin is perfectly cooked the meat is so tasty and does not has a lot of fat. His seasoning is the best he has done so far. Christina says, “Hunter, this is one of the best dishes I have ever tasted from you. The lamb is so tasty and flavorful. I can tell you that you are not going home tonight.”
Uriah’s Lamb Koftas are incredible. Her plating is spot on and it looks like it came out of a high-class restaurant. The taste of the lamb is heavenly and the koftas have spectacular seasoning. Gordon loves them so much he wants to eat another one.
Two of Kenzie’s Lamb Chops look very rare and almost raw. Gordon says they are ready to be put back in the field. However, she got one chop right, it is very tasty, and has great seasoning. But is it good enough to get her in the top 6?
Tonight, there was no middle ground. DREW, URIAH and HUNTER are the top 3 of the night And sadly Kenzie, Nikki and Jordan are in the bottom 3 and the one going home is …….. Jordan. 😦
Chef Aarón says he loved seeing Jordan cook and bake, and he wants to help him start up his baking business. Jordan thanks him, he also thinks Hunter will win the whole thing and gets of hugs walking out. He says. “I can’t believe that Aarón is helping me with my business, it means a lot to me. Overall, I had a great time here. ‘Congratulations Jordan.’ I got to cook in amazing places and make amazing friends. ‘It is a very good dish.’ ‘Thank You.’ I learned so much. ‘The winner is, JORDAN.’ I made my family proud; I made my friends proud; and I made myself proud. I will go home with a smile on my face and get to work on my dream of opening up my own bakery.”
The top 6 will cook in the Classic Restaurant Takeover! The Blue Team is Drew, Uriah and Hunter. And the Red Team is Zachary, Nikki and Kenzie. The teams get to pick their captains! Drew is the Blue Team Captain and the Red Team Captain is Nikki.
The teams will cook Cod Fish and Spot Prawns for the Appetizers and Ribeye Steak and Salmon for the Entrées.
On the Red Team Kenzie is having trouble with the spot prawns, but Nikki helps her cook them. And Zachary does amazing on the cod, every plate has perfectly cooked fish.
On Drew’s team Hunter is getting very flustered and overheated in the fast-paced kitchen. Drew calls for a medic just to check him out, and Christina takes Hunter outside for fresh air. She tells him that he is in the top 6 and she, along with the judges know he can do this. After a tall drink of water, he feels better and gets back to work. In an amazing comeback he nails the spot prawns. Uriah and Drew do a great job cooking the cod.
Now it’s time for the Entrées. On Drew’s Blue Team Uriah’s salmon is sticking to the pan, but Drew helps her get it off before the fish gets too overcooked. And Drew cooks all the steaks like a pro. No overcooked or undercooked dishes go up to the pass. Hunter plating is beautiful, truly restaurant quality work. And the Blue Team is done! They group hug and can now relax. Drew tells his team they did amazing. Hunter says it is the most stressful thing he has ever done.
But Nikki’s Red Team is way behind and customers are walking out! Gordon loses it when they put up raw salmon and beef! He has Drew run into the kitchen, and he helps the team finish. Drew cooks the steak to the right temp. He puts Zachary and Nikki on salmon and Kenzie does the plating. They finish service.
And the winning team is obviously the BLUE TEAM.
For the Pressure Test Nikki, Zachary and Kenzie have to make 3 chicken three ways: breast, drumsticks and fried.
Nikki’s chicken breast is cooked well and tastes nice and juicy. But she added too much seasoning and it is overpowering. Her drumsticks look amazing, but they are undercooked near the bone. The meat the judges can try does not taste that good. However, she nailed the cook and taste on her fried chicken, everything is well seasoned.
Zachary’s chicken breast is a hair overcooked, but it still tastes juicy and is seasoned well. His drumsticks have a great sear on the skin, and the taste is nice and crispy. Chef Aarón loves his double coated fried chicken. It is crispy and flavorful.
Kenzie’s chicken breast is cooked well but tastes bland since it lacks seasoning. Her drumsticks are cooked and seasoned well, but the skin is not crispy at all. Her fried chicken is raw on the bone and the judges can’t taste it!
Zachary made the best dishes of the night. That leaves Nikki and Kenzie, since one of their dishes were raw the judges pick the best of the 2 others … and they belong to …….. Nikki. That means Kenzie is going home. ☹ She thinks Nikki will win the whole thing and gets lots of hugs walking out. Kenzie says, “This was such a fun experience. I cooked lots of great dishes. ‘The steak is amazing, good job.’ ‘Thank you chef.’ I made great friends. I never gave up, and I made it so far. ‘Congratulations KENZIE!’ ‘The burger is very tasty.’ I will go back home and never stop cooking.”
The top 5 will cook beef in a 3 round Pressure Test for the Semi Finals. After the first round two kids will be picked to be in the finale. Then 3 will cook in the next round and one will make it to the finale. Then 2 will go head-to-head for the last spot in the finale.
First up Beef Tips. Drew’s beef is nice and rare, the flavor is amazing is melts in the mouth and the seasoning is incredible. Nikki’s meat is super overcooked, it is very chewy. It also has no seasoning. Hunter’s beef is cooked well and tastes amazing. But he also forgot to season it. Uriah nailed the cook of her steak and the taste is divine. The spice blend she made is great, one of the best Aarón has tasted. Sadly, Zachary’s beef is so undercooked it is like a tartare. The first 2 chefs in the Finale are ….. DREW AND URIAH!!!! They get their chef coats and go up to the balcony.
The remaining 3 kids have to make Homemade Meatballs. Hunter’s Spicy Meatballs are cooked amazingly, his creative use of spice is spectacular. Nikki nailed the cook on the beef, but again, her dish lacks seasoning. Gordon says it is too bland for a top 5 chef. Zachary’s meat is very overcooked and tastes dry, but he does a good job with the seasoning. The next kid in the Finale is … HUNTER!!!! He gets his chef coat and runs up to the balcony.
Now, Zachary and Nikki must cook NYC Strip, Hanger Steak and a Filet Mignon all it the same time! It is a very intense challenge. When the young chefs bring the steaks to the front the judges taste them, say “thanks” and head back to the main stage to discuss the results.
The best NYC Strip belongs to … Nikki since she seasoned it better. The best Hanger Steak belongs to Zachary since he did better trimming the fat without losing the juicy tenderness. And the best tasting and seasoned Filet Mingnon belongs to ……. Zachary.
So sadly, Nikki is going home. ☹ She says doesn’t know who will win since all four remaining chefs are so good. Arm in arm, she is walked out of the kitchen by her fellow young chefs.
Nikki says, “Coming into this competition I cooked a lot of rustic food. ‘This is some of the best shrimp I ever had.’ But now I know how to make a restaurant quality dish with refinement, finesse and beauty. ‘This is amazing plating Nikki! Great job.’ ‘Thank you chef.’ I’ve learned to build more flavor, which is something I thought I already had. ‘Can I take some of these for later?’ ‘You take as many you want. I have some at my station you want those to?’ I had a great time here and made lots of incredible friends. ‘Blue Team! Congratulations!’ ‘Congratulations Nikki!’ A lot of people spend their entire lives wondering what they want to do when they grow up. Now, I know.”
It’s the Masterchef Jr Finale! Drew, Uriah, Zachary and Hunter will cook an Appetizer, An Entrée and a Dessert in 3 rounds, 4 plates per round. Along with Gordon, Christina and Aarón, previous MasterChef Winner, Christine Ha will be the guest judge. All the past contestants and the finalists’ families are up on the balcony to cheer them on.
Drew made Cajun Calamari. It is cooked perfectly, but Gordon says it is all about the taste, and the taste is amazing! The squid has the right texture and it is unbelievably crispy. Chef Aarón says the spices are well balanced, and he loves the fact that Drew took a huge risk by not just seasoning the breading but also seasoning the squid itself. It is all fabulous. Chef Christine loves his sauce. She was worried it would be overpowering, but it gives everything wonderful heat. Christina says it is the best calamari she has ever eaten!
Uriah made Beef Pierogis. Sadly, the beef is overcooked because she left it in the pressure cooker too long. However, Christina says that the dough is fantastic and helps hide the fact that the beef is overcooked. Chef Aarón comments on Uriah’s spice blend, “Young lady, the combination of spices is creative and powerful. The result is out of this world! I love it.” Gordon is disappointed about the beef, but agrees the dish comes together in the end.
Zachary’s handmade Ricotta Ravioli looks beautiful and is cooked well. But Gordon says, “You had 60 minutes to cook something special and I wonder if this dish is too simple for the finale.” Chef Christine says she thinks pasta from scratch is difficult and the 3-cheese blend is heavenly. She loves his homemade sauce; it is so good it would be tasty on its own. Aarón says the pasta tastes amazing, but his ravioli has too much cheese. Christina agrees, her ravioli is a bit out of balance.
Hunter made Kentucky Style Chicken Wings. They look amazing and are cooked to perfection. Christina loves how they are nice and juicy, which is hard to get with chicken wings. Aarón loves the Kentucky spices because they lift up the taste of the amazing chicken. Chef Christine loves how he got the skin super crispy; it gives it a nice crunch. Gordon says chicken wings are usually simple, but Hunter’s are elevated. “This appetizer shows what a good chef you are. These are the most sophisticated chicken wings I have ever been served.”
Drew made a Panko Crusted Double Cut Lamb Chop. Gordon slowly cuts into it and says, “This lamb is not perfect, it is beyond perfect! The meat is a nice medium rare. The taste is wonderful; it is melt in your mouth good. Honestly young man, this is better than I can do.” Aarón says Drew nailed the Cajun spice on the lamb. The combination of the crunchy Panko and the flavorful spice enhances the moist lamb more than he thought possible! Chef Christine says this is the juiciest, most delicious lamb chop she has ever eaten, and she can’t believe a 13-year-old can cook this well. She wants to finish her entire portion.
Uriah made Pan Seared Halibut. The fish is cooked amazingly. Gordon says the fish is very tasty and the skin is crispy and well-seasoned. Chef Christine loves that Uriah’s spices give it a nice kick without overpowering the fish. But Christina and Aarón both say the rice is overcooked. Gordon disagrees. He loves the rice, and argues the texture and seasoning is textbook.
Zachary made BBQ Pork Chops. Sadly, Gordon says they are overcooked and taste slightly dry. However, Chef Christine loves his homemade BBQ sauce because it lifts up the taste of the pork. She says it is okay to make mistakes since they make you better. Aarón loves Zachary’s fried rice. Christina says, “Zachary, you nailed everything but the pork. I really hope you have a great dessert up your sleeve.”
Hunter made Lobster and Waffles. Gordon says he has never seen anything like it before and hopes it will work. Hunter says he hopes so too, since the idea just popped into his head and he is winging it. Gordon’s serving of lobster is glistening and tastes amazing. Chef Christine says, “The lobster is very moist, and the edition of the seasoned panko is so good. And I love your waffles, so fluffy and light! Great job.” All four judges love his white wine butter sauce. Chef Aarón says it is a great twist on Chicken and Waffles and if Hunter opens up his café one day it has to go on the menu.
Drew made a Cajun Bread Pudding with Vanilla-Bourbon Ice Cream. Gordon is very skeptical, but the other judges say it is popular in Louisiana, USA. When Gordon tastes it, he decides it is actually super delicious! The bake is spot on and the praline is to-die-for. Chef Christine loves the heavy hit of cinnamon and crunch of the candied pecans. This is one of the best bread puddings she has ever tasted. And his creamy grown-up flavored ice cream is the perfect compliment. Aarón says, “Mijo, you hit this one out of the park! This dessert reminds me of dishes I grew up eating in my Abuela’s cocina. There is no higher praise I can give a fellow chef.”
Uriah made a Dark Chocolate Tart. The tart shell is baked well, but Chef Aarón says it has too much cream filling. Chef Christine agrees the cream overpowers, but she loves the crust itself. Christina loves the extra chocolate cream and says a tart like this could be sold at Milk Bar. Gordon says, “Let’s get one thing straight, the tart is great. The pastry is flaky, the cream is rich, and the overall flavor is mind blowing. Well done, young lady.”
Zachary presents the judges with a Chocolate Sphere hiding a Mini Olive Oil Cake inside. Gordon thinks the dessert looks wonderful. And when Zachary pours the hot caramel sauce on the sphere it melts like magic. Chef Christine loves the decadent taste of the melted chocolate and caramel sauce with the moist sponge. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is very rich. Aarón loves the mini cake inside. “This cake tastes amazing. You have struck a perfect balance here and I will need to eat the entire dessert.” Christina says it is the best dessert she has seem from him in the competition. She also wants to finish her plate.
Hunter made a Derby Pie. The presentation is dazzling. Gordon says the crust is nice and flaky and the creamy filling is delicious. Aarón says the whipped cream on top is textbook and a feast for the eyes. Chef Christine says the chocolate and pecans taste stupendous. “All the flavors work together to make the best Derby Pie I have ever tasted! Nicely done.” And Christina wants more of his vanilla bean whipped cream because it is that good. She says, “This dessert is a great way to end your journey in the Master Chef Kitchen. You started out with a great dessert and you are ending with a great dessert. You should be very proud of yourself, Hunter.”
Time to deliberate.
After much discussion the judges return to the stage to reveal the winner. Gordon says, “You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves for making it this far. I know your families are proud of you, and we judges are proud of you too! We asked ourselves which two young chefs prepared meals that came together best? Which two meals would we definitely what to eat again? …”
The judges tell the kids it’s time to take their place on the main stage …
And the two winners of this Fantasy Season of MasterChef Jr. are …
Congratulations goes to …
DREW AND HUNTER!!!!!!!
Both boys are ecstatic, but have drastically different reactions. Hunter is standing perfectly still, in shock, and Drew is so happy he is bouncing up and down, eyes tearing up, and hugging his fellow competitors. Both boys get MasterChef Jr Trophies and $100,000. Amazing!
And Uriah and Zachary get Masterchef Jr medals and $50,000 each. Not too bad!
Drew says, “I can’t believe I won MasterChef Jr! I have been dreaming about this for so long and I did it! I have shown other kids that no matter what anyone else says you can make your dreams happen.”
Hunter says, “Honestly, I’m in shock. I never thought I would win. This proves you should never give up! No matter what, you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Uriah says, “I am so happy for Drew and Hunter and very proud of myself. Even though I didn’t get top prize, I totally feel like a winner. This has been a great day!”
And Zachary says, “I’m thrilled for my friends. They earned it. And even though I did not win today, I know that I will still be an amazing chef one day.”
The 2 winners also say they made so many friends that they will be friends with forever and then together they shout …