April 22, 2024

Masterchef Junior Season 7 Episode 1 ( New Kids On The Block )

Published June 11, 2023, 7:20 p.m. by Courtney

Season 7 of the American competitive reality television series MasterChef Junior premiered on fox on March 12, 2019. The season is hosted by regular judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and returning judge Aarón Sanchez.

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after a nationwide search we find the

best young home cooks in America three

of the biggest names in the culinary

world welcome the next generation of

culinary Giants

into the MasterChef kitchen this is the

world's biggest cooking competition

featuring the world's

home cooks to the great outdoors they'll

face the toughest this is a two-star

Michelin Service period most outrageous

challenges of their young lives


and for those who make the grade you go

in place as my friend you did that all

on your own

oh wow where these ideas coming from

you're only eight you doing my mine

victory will be sweet but in the end

only one will win $100,000 and claim the

title of MasterChef junior


I feel so awesome to be one of the top

24 junior home cooks in America be like

I'm on cloud nine and I just floating


I'm eight years old and I started

cooking when I was three the MasterChef

kitchen is so dead the equipment room

can fit with hundred thousand stuffed

animals and the pantry don't even talk

about it it is the biggest thing on


Coburn I'm 11 years old I was nine years

old when I started I have a more

sophisticated palate compared to other

kids my mom normally says I'm 11 going

on like 20 seeing the judges in person

is amazing

I mean I'm fixing to cook for Gordon

Ramsay Christina Tosi and Iran Sanchez

I'm like is this even real welcome to

MasterChef junior are standing in the

best kitchen in the world it is equipped

beyond belief from those amazing

brand-new state-of-the-art Viking ranges

to the most incredible MasterChef pantry

you are the best young home cooks all

between the ages of 8 and 13 in America

one of you small home cooks will win the

biggest culinary trophy in the world

Shanee and the title of masterchef

junior and I think there's something

else as well

$100,000 if I won the $100,000 I would

definitely buy 17 more cats and then I

buy my cat's mansion you all are about

to face your first official Mystery Box


on the count of three I'd like you to

lift those boxes one Matthews that your

cell no cell phones in this kitchen

right let's start that again one zero

one two three lift for your very first

challenge we want to see your favorite

breakfast dish make is a dish that has

your signature style all over it

whoever has the best dish after this

challenge will receive a huge advantage

you all have just 45 minutes to make us

an incredible breakfast dish is everyone

ready your 45 minutes starts

now I love breakfast so much back home I

call myself a breakfast pro because I

wake up every morning and late my

brother's breakfast I live in Boise

Shore New York my house my brothers are

huge fans about cooking I don't think

there's another kid out there like cook

better than to me cooking his family who

isn't that sizzle I love it so much

whenever I'm in the kitchen feels like

the complete right place to be and we

got the smoked salmon my brother's love

coach tags have used all the Chandra I'm

gonna do toasted bread with mozzarella

tomato smoked salmon and then poached

egg on top bok choy let's go guys


the top 24 most talented youngsters in

the country cooking tonight so 24 young

home cooks from all over America all

with their own particular styles even at

this mailing age breakfast is something

near and dear to everyone's heart

they've all grown up with mum dad

helping whether it's a Sunday brunch an

early breakfast so this is the perfect

to play with an amazing breakfast

tonight at home in Georgia my family

loves this dish that's some 30 minutes

to go hey how old you way from I'm 11

and I'm from Morristown New Jersey now

tell me what you doing japanese-style

pancakes with maple bacon I hear the

things of Japan no but I've been to


San Sebastian Omar the hard way

Argentina and Belize have you tasted the

food in all these places yes you lucky


good luck

I feel confident because I cooked

breakfast for my sister and for my

family I'm 11 years old and I'm from

Atlanta Georgia I have a more

sophisticated palate compared to other

kids this is how I came out it's a

different type of a normal IVA cooks

about twice a week and it's always

interesting because she likes to

experiment with food this is really good

she's an amazing child we smoked chopped

my dad works in the restaurant industry

so I go to many high-end restaurants

with such great food when I grow up I

want to be a food critic and I want to

travel the world all right miss ivy

welcome to the MasterChef junior kitchen

how's it feeling great what are you

making I'm making french toast bacon

scrambled eggs and Platanos because my

mother's side of the family is black oh

bloody nose I love that good luck

Sadie how are you way from this what are

you doing I'm making bacon chives

Parmesan and cups ultimate baked you

type parmesan eight cups

where's these recipes coming from oh I

made it up I have a very refined palate

I'm not like most other kids I don't

only eat like dinosaur chicken nuggets

and mac and cheese

don't wait to see this dish good luck

thank you oh yeah how are you I'm good

how are you how old are you were where

you from I am 11 years old and I'm from

new hotel for Nia I am way different

from other eleven rooms because I love

to dirt bike ride I soccer and I am

German Japanese and dream but I hope my

best when I show my Japanese heritage

best tool in the kitchen she is a quick

learner she's passionate about cooking

and she's gonna bring it in the kitchen

I am very passionate about cooking

because everyone wants to be a chef when

I grow up

first of all I just need to give you

props on the headscarf that for me is

like I get my superpowers in the kitchen

when I can put a little headscarf on yes

now what are you making for us I am

making Japanese rice because I am poor

Japanese and in Japan they normally eat

rice to a breakfast

alright Maliha you got this okay thank

you Miss appear should be

Matthew remind me how old are you where

you from what are you cooking for this

amazing breakfast making your plan

really be new for breakfast my dad thing

is the all-american grasses nothing what

about dinner


right good luck

Wow now there is an incredible array of

breakfasts young home cooks are bringing

the Thunder tonight 60 seconds to go to


give me Mexico all right guys start

putting things on plates taste

everything guys five seconds to go


remember there's a big advantage back in

the pantry for one of you seven six five

four three


tonight we challenge you to make us an

incredible breakfast around Cristina

myself watched you all very carefully

across that Mystery Box challenge we

would now like to bring forward the

three best that we want to take a much

closer look at the first home cook we'd

like to bring forward

tonight's did an amazing job what stood

out the most was the plating because it

looked straight out of one of our

restaurants please step forward

Sadie I feel like I'm just walking on

cloud nine I am so happy that I'm the

first one called up in the first Mystery

Box challenge

I will definitely blow the judges mind

Sadie described this place so I made

bacon try Parmesan egg cups with

tomatoes and sedatives look at that

grown-up who was your hero definitely my

mother she inspired me to get in the

kitchen and start cooking when I first

arrived in the u.s. guess who might hear

I wasn't yep

judo chop same no you know Julia Child

yes she's the queen of butter she is the

person she knows what she sounds like

would you like me to do an impression

yes please okay I think Sadie is going

to be the next MasterChef junior

wow that's delicious you know the eggs

are cooked beautifully

the finesse is incredible because those

yolks are running at parlors and face

salting but it gives a great season to

the eggs I can taste the bacon what

would I do differently you know maybe

when you chop those chives up throw the

chives across the parmesan so you got

that nice light onion flavor running

through the parmesan but young lady you

have vision great start

thank you the second dish that we would

like to examine a little further this

home cook incorporated fairies in a very

clever way ivy please petition I feel

amazing that I have to read I think I

made my grandparents really proud where

I put in quite enough on my plate now

everybody knows that I have a little

letting flair in my buddy doing Ivy

explain your dish please I made french

toast scrambled eggs with drear cheese


Platanos and a berry compote with

raspberries blueberries strawberries and

blackberries mmm you have everything

that a proper breakfast should entail

you have something savory you have

something sweet you have texture you

have saltiness with the bacon and your

eggs are cooked perfectly

I love the fact that the Gruyere has

melted and every little milk and cranny

and the fact that the black fennel

really brings it back to you and I think

your culinary style if I had to change

one thing I would have done a little bit

more sugar with the bacon so who are

some of your culinary heros

you do like Latin flavors though right

who's a great chef that does

unbelievable Latin flavors I'm just

throwing that out there

Oh handsome kidding oh there you go I'm

really impressed

great job young lady the final dish we'd

like to taste is simply stunning to look

at please bring your dish up here Ben

it feels so cool that these pancakes are

getting me to the top three of the

mystery box this shows everybody that

I'm a really good chef in that I should

be one to look out for in this

competition and what did you meet for

you today I'm a japanese-style pancakes

with maple bacon garnished with fruit

what do you want to be when you grow up

um I want to open up a smoothie business

a kid-friendly nightclub no alcohol

allowed and I also want to have a

culinary school are you free to consult

for my business I have a lot of homework

so I am busy you should I think that's a

polite no

what's impressive to me about your dish

is you make these tiny decisions in

really smart ways to ensure that the

time you spend in this kitchen makes

your dish stand out above all the rest I

think the flavor of delicious it's light

its Airy I love the color and the

approach to it you kept your berries

there for acidity and sweetness you

can't eat your bacon and cut it into

small pieces that I could get a little

bite of that with every bite of pancake

next time I'd say just make sure that

the coloring on those pancakes is even

on both sides right that's me nitpicking

though Ben because you're really

bringing some serious talent into the

nice trip to the kitchen very nice job

thank you this is tough incredible

Sadie IV been well done three breakfasts

I'd love to wake up to any day that week

let me tell you that your dishes were so

good that it was hard to separate them

and choose a favorite but this is a

competition so the home cook with the

best dish this evening that will receive

a huge advantage right now in the master

pantry congratulations goes to

the home cook with the best dish this

evening that will receive a huge

advantage in the master pantry

congratulations goes to congratulations

now please follow us into the MasterChef

pantry let's go well done great job that

was brilliance

winning this big advantage on the first

challenge Sadie and Ivey is an honor it

feels so great because it shows

everybody that we are the ones to look

out for I can't wait to see what are the

Vantage's because you three won the

Mystery Box challenge you do not have to

cook in the next challenge

now we started today with breakfast here

in the master kitchen what do you do

after breakfast on a normal day go to

school well you at school guys you

probably head to the cafeteria right

yeah for a school lunch lunch now do we

look anything like your lunch ladies at

school no nope


yes how about now

all right for your next challenge you

three get to decide what school lunch

everyone else will be making first we

have one of America's most popular

school lunches it has elements of my

Mexican culture all over it

quesadilla with red rice and beans so

now that I've showed you this school

lunch I can take this off now this next

school lunch was one of my favorites as

a kid it is definitely a school once

you've seen before

chicken tenders with barbecue sauce

french fries and sauteed corn this next

school lunch is a little taste of home

but you can get it at school it's a

delicious meatloaf with mashed potatoes

and green beans gonna take this thing

off now please how's the hair look it's

okay my man yeah all three school

lunches will be made tonight each of you

will get to decide which talented home

cooks will be making a particular lunch

we'll be expecting your fellow home

cooks to make versions of these with

fresh flavors creativity and beautiful

plating to help you decide


this competition is now firmly in your

hands come on up having the power of the

competition in my pants feels amazing

Malia the chicken tent

I think Rashad should do the meatloaf we

want everybody to have a challenge but

also and have fun with it

yeah those decisions yes yes let's go

follow us here


now back in the MasterChef pantry they

got to pick what each of you will be

cooking in the next challenge now you've

already made us breakfast so for your

first elimination challenge you'll each

be making us your version of a school

lunch oh we want you to take that school

lunch and elevate it turn it into a

restaurant-quality MasterChef junior

level dish tonight you have 60 minutes

to make us a stunning lunch and after

this next challenge will be saying

goodbye to two of you are you ready your

60 minutes starts now

let's go


I'm so happy that I got meatloaf because

I think I can possess it up and make a

Juicy Lucy meatloaf with cheese in the


where's a white cheddar I make meatloaf

for my family regularly and they

absolutely love it so I think I have a

really good shot at being safe from

elimination now sadly tonight we will be

saying goodbye to at least two of these

talented young home cooks to prevent

them from going home they need to make

us a stunning replicated lunch

MasterChef quality let's get this roll

you think about these different

influences when it comes to school lunch

Pramila quesadilla really stands out I

think combinations are endless yes I

think you could stuff it with just about

anything you want if you were assigned a

case what we're not looking for is

school lunch quality elevate that

Castillo what goes in and herbs and

spices and cheese you also have a

cooking meatloaf the secret behind any

great meatloaf is that place you're

getting the blend right sufficient fat

in there but the big jeopardy for these

youngsters tonight is can they get a

delicious meatloaf cooked in 60 minutes

absolutely yes now chicken tenders is on

some of the hardest school lunch to

elevate you how do you bring personality

how do you make chicken tenders into

restaurant MasterChef junior quality mmm

it's gonna be good for me it's gonna be

all the breading get creative and then

really have fun with the dipping sauce

for short let's go

I was assigned chicken tenders I love

them they're really good so I'm making

it with corn and potato chips blacc

homeless cars only art I never made you

contenders before but I'm confident I

can do it

I got meatloaf so I am making a cheddar

jalapeno meatloaf with roasted asparagus

and saffron mashed potatoes I feel good

about it and I think it's going to

impress the judges Tyler Forester

I got a quesadilla feeling pretty

confident because I made quesadillas at

my house a lot the New Jersey so I am

making us three cheese chicken

quesadilla with lemon lime rice and

beans are 40 minutes to go mister guys

and remember

sadly we have to say goodbye to at least

serve you this evening I'm 11 years old

and I live in San Antonio Texas I'm

Irish and I love it I love Irish dancing

they're all I understand some penalty I

do it all the time

I understand everywhere I go I love

cooking so much it's me grandma and I

cooking the carrots is that it because

it's a way to express my Irish side and

I'm ready to bring it to MasterChef


all right Nico so what school ountry

cooking I'm cooking with onions and

cheddar cheese pinto beans with long

grain rice I'm not a big fan but I think

that this is gonna teach me to like oh

maybe the only reason you know why Casey

is this because you haven't been the cup


all right good luck

his Cisco knife skills me I'm in the

sixth grade and I am 12 years old

this is my home in Milton Georgia

fashion is very important to me because

I just stand out I like stuff to be

exotic this is my line it's like you

know like it's attic spaces exotic

flavors these are the materials I like

to look good and my food likes to look

good I learned how to cook from my

grandfather because he owned five

restaurants in New York he's someone I

really look up to Rashad's what trade is

yet for schools right now trying to get

a meatloaf cooked in 60 minutes even I

would struggle to get this cooked in

time is in the oven now No

hold on is he chopping shalat zucchini

potatoes what's more important me so why

should you be focused on that now we

need to get that cooking okay

cuz I don't have meatloaf gonna be

cooked in time



ruch shards now trying to get a meatloaf

cooked in 60 minutes even I would

struggle to get this cooked in time is

it the oven now

we need to get that cooking okay cuz I

don't know if the meatloaf is gonna be

cooked in time let's go tell me about

the plan what you're putting this easy

I'm liking that asleep poor you

suffering with this mashed potatoes and

green beans

okay you have to prioritize I think

what's the most important thing our case

have focus yes get that meat in the oven

please okay good luck

yes Thomas what school lunch were you

given I'm making breaded chicken tenders

okay and Street form with cotija cheese

cilantro jalapenos and mayo and sour

cream I definitely think this is for

sure gonna save me from elimination

good luck I'm really looking forward to

your dish thank you

yeah look at me Reds two cups yeah thank


Tallulah tell me about this today I'm

making a bacon cheese Ra's al hanout and

paprika and chicken quesadilla what is

the list influenced come from I come

from a French background I go say hello

we should partly on acid dr. wallow

Chrissy for say isn't it

Rijo younger prison office basket so

Chris office today don't crush the panel

shows come at a much much too dizzy

peace critical emotions as well mess

Aaron first of all I'd like your name

now what are you making buddy

today I'm making meatloaf with potatoes

and green beans I am a fan of meatloaf

down in Georgia I like to make my meat a

little spicy so maybe a bit of Tabasco

hot sauce I live in New Orleans and they

make it in Louisiana you know what it's

called it's called the pepper sauce

heavy sauce

here you go there you go

all right best of luck

eight minutes remaining let's go yes we

go how are we doing good tell about this

I'm making chicken tenders with sauteed

corn and red mashed potatoes I feel

really confident because I always cook

them at home and brothers and sisters

all of it rice how you can elevate this

I'm gonna put some eat a wall some

edible flowers come on that's not the

thing you see at school is it edible for

any taste these things before

let's not taste so what do you think

okay you like them a little Wow

I love this idea the presentation

nothing elevating that make those

tenders the staff yeah okay good luck

thank you

two minutes remaining start plating guys

what an amazing array of dishes how

about the creativity with the sides

gorgeous 30 seconds remaining

there you go finishing touches nuna

right now and remember sadly we have to

say goodbye to at least serve you this

evening make sure it's not you




that was amazing

tonight we asked you to make us an

a-plus school lunch after watching every

move that you guys made in that kitchen

and tasting as we go a lot of you are

the top of your class this evening

quite a number of you did such a great

job that we only want to examine six

dishes further from those six will then

decide who will move on in the

competition and which two from that six

sadly will leave the MasterChef kitchen

but before we do that we need to

celebrate some grade-a dishes the best

meatloaf out there tonight

Evie congratulations the best quesadilla

was made by a home cook who knows her

stuff Tallulah well done young lady

now for the chicken tenders well done



unfortunately we're on to the less good

news then all of the dishes made the

grade when we call your name please

bring your school lunch up to the front

the first dish that we would like to

examine in further detail please bring

up your quesadilla Mateo

my heart is pounding so fast cuz it's an

elimination challenge so I hope I didn't

put too much cheese or too little in my

quesadilla because I'm not ready to go


Mateo what do you have here buddy I made

a three cheese chicken quesadilla lemon

lime rice and a black thank you visually

I love the way that you were able to get

that beautiful char on the outside of

the casa da do you see how perfect that

is are you a fan of quesadillas look at

how beautiful the chicken is right there

and the cheese is hugging the outside of

that door Tia beautiful job


wonderful I love the texture of the

outside the tortilla you were able to

melt the cheese beautifully I love the

chicken is cooked through and the beans

spot-on because there's just such a

small amount of them but the rice is

kind of grainy it's a little hard to get

through but what's the star of this dish

Matt there yes exactly so I want you to

make sure that you focus on that little

buddy all right great job next up please

a shot make your way down I'm very

nervous because I only made it once or

twice in my whole entire life

so I really hope it has a lot of flavor

and now the judges like how it tastes

Rashad tell me about the dish I mean a

meatloaf with a jerk ketchup please

mashed potatoes with shallots and garlic

and green beans what concerned me early

it's nice you started prepping the

garlic potatoes the shallots what did

you forget to get done first why I

wanted to put the things I shot inside

then you don't have to get them done

quickly are you confident the meatloaf

cooks in size yes now let's check in


four sharks what's this

are you confident the meat loaves cooked

in size yes

now let's check in there or shot what's

this it's cooked that's the good news

but it looks a little bit gray the kind

of thing that my bulldog leaves under

the sofa and what's this on top of the

mash chives garlic and shallots we

should say they're burnt yes

why put them on because I wanted it to

pop out with the white mashed potatoes

so actually want like the beans they're

quite hard to get right the mashed

potatoes soft is creamy but sadly it's

got burnt bits of shelach running

through and the meatloaf needs a bit

more seasoning but I'm just happy that

you got this on the place tough one

thank you thank you all right next up

please Nico I'm not super confident

about my finished dish my kiss dear

doesn't look like I really wanted it to

but you know I did my best

Nico what did you make for us

I made a chicken and cheese quesadilla

rice with butter and beans let's talk

about this quesadilla when you look

through the center there there's a big

hole look through that with me I can

almost see you through this the

beautiful part about a quesadilla is

that it should be stopped it should be

full of yummy delicious things

is there any cheese in there mm-hmm I

mean it had my grandpa likes it he

really likes chicken

there's so little cheese that all I'm

getting is flour tortilla and chicken

you missed some of the most important

parts of what makes a quesadilla is so

special but I appreciate that you really

did your best you just fell a bit short

thanks Nico


the next home cook from Atlanta 12-year

old Miguel I'm confused why they called

my name I've made chicken tenders for my

mom dad my sister and my brother and

they always turned out really well so

I'm hoping that I just did enough to be

safe young man destroyed the dish please

I made chicken tenders with sauteed corn

and red mashed potatoes so it looks a

little bit unfinished no color

underneath there lots of color on top so

it needs to be colored evenly how's the


the actual cooks okay now tell me about

the breading what's on the outside of

the chicken tender Parmesan cheese

paprika salt and pepper what was mash

butter and sour cream

no taste it's not where those potatoes

they're hard that tells you what then

it's undercooked chicken is actually not

bad but the mashed potatoes is a letdown

and the core needs a little bit more

spirit in there thank you next one cook

please step up Kyle I'm surprised I'm

one of the bottom six because I think I

did amazing even though I haven't really

cooked with meat loaf before I know this

is a high-end meatloaf dish

Kyle explain your dish please I have a

jalapeno and cheddar stuffed meatloaf

with a homemade gravy and saffron mashed

potatoes saffron it's a very luxurious

ingredient Kyle do you just throw

saffron around the house all the time no

I use it on special occasions only and I

considered the MasterChef kitchen being

in here a special occasion I agree with

you 100% so visually your meatloaf it's

me shaped a little bit it doesn't have

that very uniform square look to it what

do you think about the color of the

meatloaf I think it looks okay it's

serviceable it's cooked the way through

I think the potatoes are delicious them

a beautiful texture

they just need salt your meatloaf it

also needs some seasoning as well and I

think the flavors don't match up to how

much work you put into the presentation

but it took a lot of risks and that is

what gets you far in this competition

good job

Thank You chef thank you


last up Shannon there's so much

butterfly swimming around in my stomach

because although chicken tenders are

very popular in New York City I've never

made it before Shannon what did you meet

today I'm agent Angie's with corn potato

chips in the side of kitchen what do you

think about chicken tenders wait love

about them is that they're so golden on

the outside and as soon as you cut them

they're just snow-white I hope I find

the same see what you got


well we're gonna be honest


what do you think about chicken tenders

weight love about diamonds had they're

so golden on the outside and as soon as

you cut them they're just snow-white I

hope I find the same see what you got

well I'm gonna be honest


this chicken it's impressive its

beautiful golden brown on the outside

nice and tender juicy how did you season

this chicken I put salt and pepper but I

didn't put a lot of seasoning so I look

at your outfit and I'm thinking Shannon

you have all this color and all this

personality to you and then when I see

this dish I go oh well that can't be

Shannon's because there's not a lot of

personality it feels very just sort of

by-the-book and though there's nothing

technically wrong with the dish the

chicken is cooked well the potatoes are

cooked through the corn is cooked

there's nothing about it that screams

Shannon you got to take risks and you

got to bring Shannon to every dish okay

nice job


please make your way down to your

stations that's a tough on it through

some home cooks travel

now two will be leaving the kitchen

tonight if we say your name please come

down to the front

Niko Rashad

and finally we get


all three of you did an amazing job you

reach the top 24 top 24 is something

right yes there you go now the one

individual that is safe and staying in

this kitchen that person is Rashad


I was so close to going home so I

neither really stepped it up

I want to stand out because I'm a good

chef and show the judges that I deserve

my spot in this competition

Miguel Nico we're gonna miss you

you both did your family is so proud

thank you thank you

Nico come on you've been in the most

famous kitchen in America how'd you feel

wonderful I meet so many new friends

Miguel come on but what's been the most

exciting thing for you in this

competition seeing you guys

head up high hold on to those aprons and

promise me one very important thing

you'll continue cooking please have a

safe trip home


even though I'm going back home to

Atlanta Georgia bye guys I'll miss you I

be thousands of thousands of kids to get

a wide apron that's awesome so well I'm

sad to be ending my MasterChef journey

but garden to CN n around taught me to

follow my dreams I'll see you again in

San Antonio so I know my bakery in San

Antonio is gonna be in my grasp

in no time

next time the competition gets much

closer and the judges face a very messy

followed by want a to do dated



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