Media Preview of MasterChef Junior US and Junior Cook-Off in Kuala Lumpur

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MasterChef Junior US

Move over adults! Kids are taking over the kitchen in MasterChef Junior US. Media preview of the season premiere and a cook-off that was held in Kuala Lumpur.

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Media Preview of MasterChef Junior US and Junior Cook-Off

In conjunction with the season premiere of MasterChef Junior US, scheduled to air on Star World (Astro Channel 711) and Star World HD (Astro Channel 722) on the 20th of April at 8.45pm, FOX International Channels held an exclusive media preview at F by Buffalo Kitchens to promote this new and tantalising show. I was there to experience the whole media preview and it was a blast.

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Participants Juniors from Young Chef’s Academy: Irfan, Aqila, Ashley, Satiyah, Safiyyah aka Sophie, Avinash, Marcus and Hafizah.

The MasterChef Junior US is sponsored by Friso Gold-a formulated milk powder for children. It showcases America’s young talents aged between 8-13; battle it out in the kitchen to present the best cooked dish. No different from the adult version, they are given difficult challenges to overcome.

Guests like myself were in for a real treat as a junior cook-off challenge took place, with talented pupils from Young Chef’s Academy stepped up to the plate and flaunted their culinary skills. The challenge consisted of two rounds where eight students battled it out in hopes of becoming the MasterChef of The Night. Members of the media also joined in on the fun as they assisted the young chefs in cooking their dishes.

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Chef Albert Cooking Demo

To add to the lively ambiance of the night, guests were entertained by an exclusive cooking demonstration by Chef Albert, Head Chef of F by Buffalo Kitchens as they were treated to exquisite gourmet food and watched a preview for the exciting season premiere of Masterchef Junior US.

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Participants Getting Ready

The first challenge tested their technical skills of whisking eggs whites into stiff peaks, where judging was based on consistency and texture, whereas the second challenge saw them prepare gourmet chicken patties where their creativity and use of ingredients were put to test.

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Participants Ready to Whisk Up

“For this event we wanted the audience to experience MasterChef Junior for themselves, and see what goes on in the show. Now we know that a lot actually goes into preparing a simple dish and the pressure behind it,” said Penny Tan Marketing Director of FOX International Channels.

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The Four Finalist

‘As demonstrated by our young chefs tonight, it is proven that kids have a lot of potential in terms of cooking, even more so than adults themselves. Age and size are obviously just numbers,” she laughed.

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Burger Making

For the season premiere, host and award winning Chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcomes the series’ first-ever batch of kids to the kitchen. Twenty four hopefuls were auditioned and only twelve aspirants were selected into the first cut. The final twelve ranging from the age group of eight to thirteen, hail from different states in the US and hold a multitude of culinary skills and expertise.

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Firing Up the Burger

The twelve contestants will compete in a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs, comprising cupcakes, a tag team beef wellington and the ever challenging restaurant takeover. The most consistent, most creative and overall best competitor will be named America’s first Masterchef Junior at the end of the show.

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Judging The Burgers

Guests were enthralled as they witnessed the young chefs at work and were truly impressed with the young talents. Come the end of the night, one student was hailed the winner and was awarded with exclusive Masterchef merchandise and a hamper of professional kids cooking utensils.

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The Making of Rosti topped with Sliced Seared Duck Breast

“Masterchef Junior US promises to be filled with surprises that will be sure to thrill fans of the Masterchef franchise. I’m certain that the element of children in the show will be able to pull in more fans to the show as well,” added Penny.

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Rosti topped with Sliced Seared Duck Breast

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The Winners

At the final Cook-Off, young Avinash was the overall winner while Safiyyah aka Sophie took a close second place. Satiyah finished third and Hafizah took the fourth placing.  

This season of MasterChef US Junior episodes include:

Junior Edition: Here Come the Kids
Premieres 20th of April, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
Move over grown-ups…the kids are taking over the kitchen.

Junior Edition: School’s Out, But the MasterChef Kitchen is Open
Premieres 27th of April, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
The pint-sized chefs face a big mystery box challenge.

Junior Edition: Whip It
Premieres 4th of May, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
The judges get whip creamed

Junior Edition: Bad Food Bares
Premieres 11th of May, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
The kids create tasty dishes using yucky ingredients.

Junior Edition: Restaurant Takeovers
Premieres 18th of May, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
The kids take over a fine dining restaurant.

Junior Edition: Finale, Part 1
Premieres 25th of May, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
The Final Four prepare one amazing dish to make it to the Top Two.

Junior Edition: Finale, Part 2
Premieres 1stth of June, Sunday @ 8.45 p.m. HKT
Two talented kids compete for the title

Truly, this season will is filled with delicious surprises and excitement, so find out for yourself who will take home the crown jewel for MastefChef Junior US on Star World (Astro Channel 711) and Star World HD (Astro Channel 722) on the 20th of April at 10 p.m.

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