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MasterChef Junior Preview: “A Sweet Surprise” 

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX
Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX

We loved having Chef Joe Bastianich on the show for the first 3 seasons, but I’m really enjoying how new chef Christina Tosi is fitting into the MasterChef Junior kitchen. This week starts with a challenge that features her specialty: cupcakes, and more specifically frosting. There’s a really fun twist that we’ll leave as a surprise, but the winner of this challenge doesn’t have to cook for the main event.

Shucking scallops (or anything you can’t cook in the shell) is always a challenge and not all of these young chefs get the hang of it. There is at least one breakdown in the kitchen, but we get to see Gordon at his best. He’s got a knack for pulling kids back from the edge and encouraging them to cook their little hearts out.

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX
Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX

“A Sweet Surprise” episode synopsis, from FOX:

Season Two winner Logan returns to the MasterChef Junior kitchen and offers some advice to the remaining contestants. The top three contestants from the previous elimination challenge will compete in a cupcake-frosting contest, during which only the winner can keep the judges safe from a sticky situation. Then, in the next challenge, the contestants will be tasked with making a scallop dish in order to move onto the next round in the competition.

Some Thoughts:

It’s interesting to see how the kids deal with scallops. I’m not a fan, but I think the level or creativity shown in this challenge is pretty impressive. A few of the young chefs get into some trouble when they don’t listen to the judge’s suggestions, but I do like that they want to show off their skills to their cooking heroes.

Who goes home tonight? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

MasterChef Junior airs Fridays at 8/7c on FOX.

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