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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Masterchef Junior" Returns, These Kids are Cooler Than You

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 8:58 AM

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I swear the producers of Masterchef have stylists on board that help contestants have more “zip,” sort of like what Miracle Whip does to a sandwich, amirite?!

The kids for this current incarnation of Masterchef Junior are all adorable and of course precocious, but they also wear jaunty little bowties and bedazzled headbands. Surely they have spent all of their time with their noses buried in cookbooks and not Vogue.

This is one of my favorite shows on TV. It has the magic formula that every reality show must have: competition, assholes, charismatic hosts, and dramatic music to build excitement. Since this is the “junior” version there are no assholes, but everything else is in place, including a rich-hue filter over the camera that imbues everything with LSD trails of loveliness. Joe Bastianich the grump is even smiling from scene to scene.

The hills are alive, I tell you!

The little fellas were asked to make something dynamic with chicken and most of them did. In fact all of them did, it was just that a few under or overcooked it. The losers handled it with aplomb, which further reinforces the idea that these are actually aliens sent down to take over the world. One little girl actually behaved rationally and broke down crying when she thought that her mashed potatoes would be too salty. The pressure got to her and she lost it. The only thing I could think of was, there but for the grace of God go I. As an adult on the show I would probably do the same thing. Gordon Ramsay was a sweetie pie and assured her that her side dish tasted fine and she snuffled and wiped away her tears.

That’s the only bummer about this show, that someone has to lose every week. Yes, I’m that liberal parent who believes everyone should get a trophy. But I would be just as entertained if they just kept cooking for us every week. But reality TV is more Ayn Rand that Immanuel Kant. 
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