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Let's Talk About MasterChef Season 14, Episode 1

Technically, this is actually the 6th season of MasterChef Junior, the US version of the British series Junior MasterChef. The cooking competition series also happens in a grown-up version, hence the 'season 14' in the title, which is how DirectTV subscribers will see the series numbered (like me).

Let's Talk About MasterChef Season 14, Episode 1

Ok, that cleared up- FOX really loves Gordon Ramsay, as this is the fourth show the chef hosts on the network.  Junior is by far the most enjoyable of these series, the young cheftestants oftentimes producing dishes better than most of the Hell's Kitchen competitors.

Judges Ramsay and Christina Tosi are joined by Joe Bastianich, who returns after a few seasons away from the series.

Check back during the episode (west coast time) as we'll be updating throughout the premiere.

Things that happened in the premiere:

  • The episode starts with a small intro of the judges
  • Turns out there will be 24 contestants this season after the first test.
  • two teams, 12 girls and 12 boys
  • Gordon shows them how to do a pan seared filet mignon his way, with thyme and butter basting
  • The first batch up are young ladies, and they'll be reproing Gordon's filet in 25 minutes, and a veggie side.
  • The best of this batch will get their white aprons, meaning they've made it into that group of 12.
  • There's a pair of sisters, Remy and Olivia.
  • One contestant says she canceled being on her swim team to be there as a contestant
  • ….was Joe twerking….what the hell
  • The focus on these kids is pretty amazing
  • The first countdown starts, and the nerves are setting in
  • Looking for a perfect medium rare on the filets
  • "Everything's' crossed; my fingers, my toes, and my eyes."
  • The sound of the judges using their teeth on the forks is KILLING ME gah
  • Ariana (aged 12) gets the first white apron
  • Zia (9) with the coolest hair gets an apron
  • So do Sophia, Avery, Emily, Beni, Gracie, and Millie
  • 4 young ladies are sent home, with 8 left in the kitchen to vie for the remaining aprons.
  • They have to prepare their signature dishes, with each one being tasted by the judges with 60 minutes to cook
  • One of the ladies may have chosen poorly, as her beneigh dough just isn't setting. Oh whew, she worked it out
  • Man I want to eat that gyoza
  • Olivia presents her three berry tart, which is super impressive in an hour
  • Lila (8) presents her lovely plate of meatballs and omg she's so tiny compared to that counter
  • Mackenzie (9) made an amazing plate of gyoza and I want them right now
  • Joe says he wants to be her partner in a restaurt
  • Laken (9) puts up her plate of shrimp and grits, yikes only one shrimp make it to the plate
  • Chloe (9) has made a flan with bananas foster, but the flan didn't set
  • Ooooh no the beignets didn't turn out
  • Lindsey made lamb chops with stuffed eggplant
  • Maria (8) made lamb chops and mofungo
  • Mackenzie nabs one of the remaining aprons with those amazing gyoza
  • Lindsey makes it through, so does Olivia, and Maria.
  • The judges sent off the ladies who didn't make it, and they took it really well.
  • The boys are up next, and 8 year old Tyler is adorable
  • They're tackling Gordon's seared chicken breast
  • They have 25 minutes to do the chicken, and a side of some type.
  • One of the guys accidentally sets a napkin on fire, but Gordon helps get it out
  • Colby breaks down in tears, but the encouragement of everyone helps him make the countdown. He doesn't quite get the job done with this chicken (undercooked)
  • Some really nice presentations though
  • First best dish goes to Sammy (who gets an apron)
  • Jurell, Grayson, Henry, Kade, Mikey, and COMMERCIAL BREAK
  • The final apron in the main challenge goes Pierce
  • The chefs say goodbye to the four worst dishes (although they don't call them that), and the already picked apron wearers say "Good job guys!" and applaud them as they leave
  • The remaining 8 get a chance to vie for the last 4 aprons
  • They, like the girls, are asked to prepare their signature dishes in 60 minutes
  • One of the contestants is making cupcakes, and says he has a bakery! Ramsay is shocked
  • Tiny Tyler is the cutest thing, and his chill is amazing
  • Quani (11) presents his beautiful cupcakes, talks about his bakery business at the local soccer field
  • Anthony (10) made a chicken hoagie with peppers and broccolini
  • Drew (10) made a lamb and beef burger, that everyone was very concerned about because of the amount of spices. Joe says "aggressively seasoned"
  • Tyler (8) puts up his dish of glazes carrots and chicken nuggest
  • Chuk made Nigerian shrimp stew, inspired by his dad
  • Luca made a tomato pasta, with garlic bread
  • Ben made a peach cobbler with caramel, oooo it looks good
  • Evan (11) is the last to present, with his dulce de leche stuffed fried banana churros and crepes.
  • Gordon is in disbelief with the stuffed bananas, saying they're pretty good
  • Anthony gets the first apron, Quani takes one with his cupcakes, Evan gets the third, and the final young cook on the team of 12 boys is Ben
  • Christina tells the 4 young men not continuing to be proud of what they did.

Cannot wait to see what happens next week. MasterChef Junior airs on FOX on Fridays at 8pm.

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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

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