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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MasterChef Junior: Fried Eggs, Horse Posters & Braces

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

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Let us all say a moment of silence for Levi, who was apparently a contestant on this show but was completely overpowered by the bigger personalities; so much so that when he was sent home this week I had to rub my eyes and try and remember if I had ever seen him before.

I don’t even remember why Levi was sent home exactly, and I just watched it about 10 minutes ago. But how can he compete with the likes of bespecticled, lispy Abby, who proudly admits to be a Horse Girl — that certain substrata of young female that is obsessed with horses. When asked what she would do if she won $100,000, she said she would buy a bunch of horse posters. The idea of actually being able to get an actual horse eludes her, but then again she’s only eight. Then we have Oona, who will probably get an agent after this whole thing is over, if she hasn’t already. When asked what she would do with the money, she quips, “Vegas.” Was I the only one who was reminded of that great line in Annie Hall where the little girl says, “I’m into leather?”

The episode began with the “dreaded” (to use the show’s oft uttered parlance) fried-egg test. They’ve actually given this same test to the adults. However many eggs they could prepare perfectly tallied towards how many ingredients they were allowed to use in the final challenge. Some contestants only got two right, like Abby, and others got eight, like Samuel, who ended up taking the whole thing. When he grows up — which is really in about six months, he’s so precocious — he wants to have a restaurant called Le Samuel. Pretty pedestrian, dude, but then again you are only 13 and from Greenbrae. Abby had the best idea for a restaurant that would combine the equine and the epicure. Horses and Courses would be a combo restaurant and veterinary hospital. Awesome idea.

It wouldn’t be Masterchef Junior without at least one child crying though, and this week it was little rich kid Logan, who is pretty adorable with his corncob teeth, each evenly spaced by about a centimeter. (I’m sure daddy will foot the bill for braces when the time comes.) But bless his heart, he’s a sweetie pie, and when he messes up his rice his tears just come streaming out. Gordon doesn’t really hold back much either, which is odd since the judges have been trying hard not to be dickheads. Finally Ramsay realizes he might’ve gone too far and he hugs the little guy. “You can’t always be top of the class,” he tells him, which is good fatherly advice actually. Disappointment is part of life.

Frontrunners are going to be Oona, Abby, Sean, and Samuel. America will be rooting for Oona and Abby though. I know I am. 
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