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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MasterChef Junior: Even Kids are Running Pop-Ups These Days

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

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This week was almost hard to watch, because the little guys were given an incredibly hard task: create a pop-up restaurant in Malibu and work the line while Gordon Ramsay expedites and calls you pigs. He seemed to hold back a tiny bit, but for him that’s not saying much. He still threw stuff and screamed. The best part however was during the pep talk before, wherein he demanded perfection.

“Why is this important?” he asked.

“To make you look good?” said Oona. That’s my girl.

Tiny Abby continues to amaze me. At only 8 years old and barely able to reach the counter, she churns out gourmet food over and over. I fear however that the older kids are going to end up in the finale, but good for them. The network really should consider lowering the age standard to under 10 and going from there. It’s just more entertaining to see little kids do their thing, then to see tweens with high IQs brulee a creme.

Fox has to realize that this show is a bigger hit than the regular Masterchef; how else to explain the fact that they will be filming another season in January. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be Joe Bastianich’s last amuse-bouche with the franchise. He’s moving on to star in his own show on CNBC and concentrate on his global restaurant and wine empire. I actually grew to like the guy. Pairing all of the chefs next to little kids really humanized them all, not that Graham Elliot needed that.

The real question of course is, who will fill Joe’s shoes? They have to find an asshole who knows food. That really can’t be that difficult. The Voltaggio brothers come to mind, but as I have said before, they both have the personalities of a geoduck. They also can’t pick anyone who will outshine Gordon, the undisputed general of this army.

Now for the sad news. Oona is gone. Yes Oona, the tiny sweetheart from New Haven Connecticut, the home of Yale. If I had to wager, I’d say her parents were attached to that school in some way. She handled her demise like a champ. Sean also took off and he was nice enough, but I can’t see talent scouts milling around his trailer like they probably were with Oona.

So now we are left with the finalists: Samuel, Abby, Adaiah, and Logan. I’d love to see it come down to both girls but I bet it ends up being Samuel and Adaiah. We shall see.  
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