Since spilling out of the Food Network, the cookery programs on television seem to be growing at a frantic pace. Now it is time to hide your children as Gordon Ramsay comes hunting for them. Ramsay doesn’t have plans to sauté them, but rather have them make him lunch on his latest program on Fox, Masterchef Juniors.
The newest iteration of Masterchef includes children from 8 to 13 years old. These kitchen prodigies won’t be whipping up chicken fingers and peanut butter sandwiches, but instead using adult ingredients, along with some pretty crazy adult skills. And although Ramsey promises not to use “grown up” language, at least one of the children said he broke that agreement early on.
“Twice,” stated a contestant named Gavin, a 10-year-old contestant from San Francisco, adding that Ramsay’s cursing was directed at servers during a restaurant challenge, not the kids.
This is not the first version of Masterchef using children, it is actually a spin off on the British program which has been running for years, and started back in 1994. Katie Targett-Adams was the first victor in that competition, and went on to become an international star in her own right, later becoming a singer-songwriter with six albums.
Now we have the baby Masterchef programming in several countries, including one in India. Bollywood Masala, anyone?
“I have been cooking for six years so I know what I am talking about…”
The top 12 finalists earn a white apron and move on to several cook-offs, including preparing Beef Wellington as a tag-team. On the American version the children also take over a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles and prepare a three-course meal.
Joining Ramsay on the judging panel are restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Chef Graham Elliot. The grand prize is $100,000. Masterchef Junior premiers, Friday, September 27, 2013.