Try to imagine a kinder, gentler MasterChef. Same judges, just they act nicer, smile all the time, and never spit out the food. Where the contestants are younger and shorter. Are you intrigued yet? Then MasterChef JUNIOR is right for you. This new cooking-competition show features contestants ranging in age from eight to thirteen.
There definitely are some differences, other than the demeanor of the judges and the age of contestants. The auditions, which make up the first few episodes of MasterChef, are not shown. In their first real cooking challenge, the kids were allowed time to call someone for help and advice. Everything else is pretty much the same. Including the big-paying prize for winning. The winner of MasterChef Junior will win a very nice trophy and $100,000 in cash (in the adult version it is $250,000), and unlike the adult version there is no cookbook offer.
The show works for a few reasons. The kids are all cute and you want to see them succeed. And they CAN cook. Their ease with adult techniques and ingredients is truly amazing. They interact well with the judges, including and especially Gordon Ramsey who is hardly recognizable. Gone are the searing insults and critiques. He is just a nice man here. Makes for a pretty nice family offering.
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