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The MasterChef series has been such a success for Fox that they recently renewed it for two seasons. Will MasterChef Junior be a success as well or will it be cancelled after one season? We shall see.
MasterChef Junior, gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents. Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot serve as judges and mentors.
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Spoiler ahead. Which! Of these two kind, genuine, well-spoken adolescents — a rarity! on any television program — rose to the top and won the Stunning! title of first-ever MasterChef Junior? And the winner is….
After a grueling three-course final challenge, it seems an ambitious dessert (deconstructed “Napoleon” cannoli with marscapone and mixed berries) gave just the slightest edge to soft-spoken pastry cherub Alexander Weiss, 13, from NYC. Runner-up Dara Yu, 12, an inflatable bow headband enthusiast from Los Angeles, wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich almost as much, especially with her technically proficient appetizer of ahi tuna prepared two ways. »
- Annie Barrett
"MasterChef Junior," the surprise hit of the fall, wrapped up its inaugural season on Fox on Friday (Nov. 8), with judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot deciding which finalist would take home the MasterChef trophy and the $100,000 prize.
For their final challenge, Dara Yu (12) and Alexander Weiss (13) were tasked to create a perfectly composed three-course meal, consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert, in just 90 minutes. After a quick trip to the pantry, the awe-inspiring youngsters began to make the biggest meal of their lives.
Dara settled on a duo of ahi tuna for her appetizer, spot prawns with wontons in a Thai curry sauce for her entree and poached pears in a lemon ginger miso sauce for her dessert. For his menu, Alexander went with a basil lemon shrimp and heirloom tomato crostini for his appetizer, a pan-seared veal chop served over potato gnocchi with sage and shallot »
We enjoyed watching Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot play nice while it lasted. Ramsay crowned the first-ever winner of the U.S. version of MasterChef Junior on tonight's finale, the competition coming down in the end to 13-year-old Alexander Weiss vs. 12-year-old Dara Yu for the grand prize—a trophy, $100,000 and school yard bragging rights. MasterChef season four winner Luca Manfé was in the kitchen to help cheer the kids along as each tackled the task at hand: Preparing, in Joe's words, a "perfectly composed" three-course meal in 90 minutes. So, who took the cake? Pastry expert Alexander from New York, who was the frontrunner all along, or »
The culinary world was rocked on Tuesday (Nov. 5) when renowned chef Charlie Trotter was found dead in his Chicago home at the age of 54. As those whose careers were influenced by Trotter process their feelings over his passing, one has opened up about the loss of his mentor.
"Masterchef" judge, and renowned chef in his own right, Graham Elliot shared his personal memories of the man whose kitchen he worked in for three years at the age of 21. "Chef, mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher, leader," he writes on People.com on Thursday. "These are the words that immediately come to mind when I think of Charlie Trotter, or Cht, as he was referred to by the team. Rarely does one encounter an individual that can both inspire and frighten you with his (almost perverse) dedication to excellence and perfection.
"Chef Trotter embodied the idea of pushing the envelope, pushing yourself »
Charlie Trotter, one of the best-known chefs in America, died Tuesday (Nov. 5) in Chicago.
The 54-year-old Trotter was found unconscious at his home Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at a hospital shortly afterward. No cause of death was given.
Trotter opened his eponymous restaurant in Chicago in 1987 and quickly became well-known locally for his outstanding food and exacting standards in the kitchen. National acclaim and awards soon followed; he and his restaurant won several James Beard Awards, and Charlie Trotter's made numerous lists of the best restaurants in the United States and the world before closing in 2012. He also had restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Cabos, Mexico.
He also hosted a PBS cooking series, "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter," and had a cameo as a chef in the 1997 movie "My Best Friend's Wedding." Trotter wrote or co-wrote 14 cookbooks
Charlie Trotter's was also the training ground for a number of younger chefs, »
Renowned chef Charlie Trotter died on Tuesday at the age of 54. The restaurateur was found unconscious and not breathing at his Chicago home by his son, Dylan, the Chicago Tribune reports. An ambulance was called and Trotter was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Trotter - who hosted a PBS cooking show in the '90s and published more than a dozen cookbooks - closed his namesake restaurant last year and announced plans to pursue a master's degree in philosophy. Photos: Tributes: The Stars We've Lost in 2013"I've always had a romantic vision that you can do anything »
- K.C. Blumm
If you can’t stand the heat of MasterChef Junior‘s pint-sized competitors, get out of the kitchen and go sit on your living-room couch where you can watch ‘em do their thing.
That seems to be the basic message behind this new promo video for Fox’s culinary competition for the 8-13 age bracket (Fridays, 8/7c).
- Michael Slezak
Chef Graham Elliot has a full plate. He's not only judging Fox's MasterChef Junior but also gearing up for the debut of his new Spike TV special, Covert Kitchens, and the return of MasterChef. Photos: Hollywood Power Players Choose Their Favorite Chefs In Covert Kitchens, he gives chefs 36 hours and $3.600 to come up with a pop-up restaurant from scratch -- in such unconventional locations as an auto body shop. Elliot serves as a mentor to the aspiring chefs, guiding them through their menu and concept and taste-testing everything along the way, while chefs Nancy Silverton, Michael
- Kimberly Nordyke
Fine cuisine cooked on a car engine? Charcoal grills fashioned out of utility barrels? A dirty car hole transformed into a trendy cafe?
You’ll see all that and more in Covert Kitchens, a one-hour special in which MasterChef Junior judge Graham Elliot challenges aspiring chefs to create a first-class underground restaurant… in a Los Angeles garage… in just 36 hours. Think Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, only trendier and with Michael Voltaggio, Nancy Silverton, and John Shook as judges.
Covert Kitchens airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 11 p.m. Et on Spike TV. »
- Hillary Busis
First of all, let’s give credit where Friday night primetime credit is due. While it wasn’t the highest rated show of the night (Hello Shark Tank) nor was it the most watched (Salute Blue Bloods), Fox’s MasterChef Jr. (1.4/5) was the only show last night to actually go up over last week. With judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot getting doused in cream on Friday’s 8 Pm show, Mc Jr. bopped up 8% over their October 4 show, the second week of the new series. The freshman kid cooking show, which pulled in a 1.6/6 on its September 27 debut, was Fox’s only original of the night with an encore of Sleepy Hollow (0.7/2) following at 9 Pm. Related: ‘Hawaii Five-o’ Takes Stunt Writing To Next Level With a full night of originals, CBS topped Friday’s primetime in both the ratings with a 1.4/5 and, very important on the often older leaning night, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
In the second episode of MasterChef Junior, the show's three judges poke fun at themselves and the rest of us muggles by asking America's top young wizards (ahem, "home cooks", but they appear to be a more highly-evolved prototype) to transform the judge's favorite childhood foods into classy restaurant fare, including Judge Joe Bastianich's gooey plate of chicken wings, Graham Elliot's American burgers, and Gordon Ramsay's fried fish sticks.
Interview with MasterChef Junior judge Graham Elliot. Twenty-four kids ages 8 to 13 demonstrate their culinary smarts and passion for food in the “junior” version of Fox’s successful foodie series MasterChef — in MasterChef Junior airing Fridays at 8pm Et/Pt on Fox. Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot serve as judges in a format that is quite similar to what fans are familiar with. “It’s the exact same format — the same judges and really the same tone,” Elliot tells us. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t dumb it down. The only big difference is when they leave […]
- Barb Oates
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 27, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This non-scripted series gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13, the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs.
Similar to the regular MasterChef series, chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich, and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot man the judging panel. Together, the food experts coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
After a nationwide search, two dozen of the best junior home cooks create their best »
Oh no. Very talented children. In a Stunning! turn for the worse, I feel more creaky and less accomplished than ever before now that I have watched a 9-year-old whip up a molten lava cake with glazed raspberries that Gordon Ramsay awarded “a 10 out of 10.” It’s MasterChef…Junior!
It’s just the premiere, of course, but I think I expected more of Gordon’s signature aggression and nastiness in any sort of MasterChef production. I guess that’s coming later in the season, or, he’s just going to be really nice to everyone the whole time because they’re kids. »
- Annie Barrett
Starting on Friday, Sept. 27, "MasterChef Junior" opens up the cooking competition to boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Like the adult amateur chefs, they will still be under the scrutiny and tutelage of chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot.
Ramsay is known for his explosive temper, tough judgment and frequently salty language, especially on his other Fox culinary competition show, "Hell's Kitchen." But to listen to two of the kids involved, he's not the one who made them nervous.
"The judges are very intimidating," says 12-year-old Molly from Pasadena, Calif. to Zap2it. "Gordon is scary once you see him on TV, but he's very, very nice once you meet him, very nice, very sweet. Joe Bastianich is the scariest, »
Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 25) at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, chef Gordon Ramsay and a team of young contestants from "MasterChief Junior" attempted to create the world's largest cupcake.
A crowd gathered on a grassy area near the fountain at the center of the upscale retail mecca to see if Ramsay -- who is judging the kids-only version of the competition, along with restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot -- and his crew could produce a 3,000-pound confection and make their way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Unfortunately, when it came time to unveil the big baked good, it was a bust.
"It collapsed in on itself," Ramsay tells Zap2it. "Three thousand pounds, that's a heavyweight. These attempts, sometimes people practice and then fake it. We went for it, and we were open and honest about it. Go big or go home, at the end of the day. »
Fox enters the realm of kinder, gentler reality TV with “MasterChef Junior,” the latest series from the evidently inexhaustible Gordon Ramsay assembly line, but perhaps the first to position the U.K. chef as a cuddly teddy bear. Combining “Kids Say the Darndest Things” appeal with traditional cooking challenges, this mini “MasterChef” is ideally suited for Friday-night family viewing, but will have to overcome network TV’s lousy track record with tyke-driven competitions (e.g., long gone and largely forgotten “Kid Nation” and “American Juniors”) to succeed.
Anyone expecting Ramsay to play the foul-mouthed drill sergeant to a crop of underage culinary contestants is in for a disappointment. Instead, he kicks off the competition with the enthusiastic — and uncharacteristic — declaration “You’re all winners!”
- Geoffrey Berkshire
Now that the adults have left the kitchen, it's time for the children to have some fun! Though Gordon Ramsay's culinary competition MasterChef just wrapped up its fourth season, the celebrated chef is set to welcome children competitors into the kitchen for the first time ever when MasterChef Junior debuts on Friday, Sept. 27. But will Ramsay and fellow judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich tone down their notoriously tough critiques then they are tasting food prepared by 24 young chefs, ranging in age from 8-13? Turns out, they might not need to as the contestants don't seem that frightened of the trio! We've got an exclusive sneak peek at MasterChef Junior, which features the mini-cooks dishing on »
Nearly two months after having weight loss surgery, MasterChef judge Graham Elliot has lost 91 lbs. "It's going to be a huge party when I hit 299 lbs.," says the Chicago-based chef, who is just six pounds shy of his goal. "That will be the first time in well over a decade that I've been under 300 [lbs.] I see people on the street who are the size I was only a few months ago, and it's like, 'Man, I wish you could feel what I am feeling right now, it's absolutely life-changing.' " The father of three, 36, started exercising about a month ago, »
- Liza Hamm
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