Junior Masterchef – Well The Kids Can Cook
I really liked the way Nick aged 12, thinks. He said that Anna Gare will be the toughest judge as he didn’t know what she liked to eat. Fantastic he is thinking strategy from the start, when he is 18 I hope we can from an alliance on a Survivor series as this kid is savvy.
Also expect high fat, and it was. He cooked baklava with a cinnamon sauce on the side. George said that he would serve it in his Hellenic Republic restaurant, but it is obviously not good enough for his hallmark dining establishment The Press Club.
Tonight was the first episode of Junior Masterchef which is the offspring off the highly popular Masterchef Australia and the top 50 were starting to being whittled down to the top 20.
Now it is fair to say all of this top 50 can cook to a pretty high standard, in fact all of them can cook better then Kate from Season 2 Masterchef Australia. Which again it must be asked how did Kate get through to the top 20? She scored well with the casting agents?
The first heat tonight was international food and the children appear to be matched in heats that suit their cooking skills.
Isabella (one of the many Isabella generation) decided to cook french and Iron Chef style grabbed the truffle. I was amazed she knew what a truffle was let alone identify it. I presume they got to tell what they wanted to cook and the ingredients were procured. Her dish was a perfectly cooked poached egg, with mashed potato and truffle.
Points to Anna Gare who was prepared to give some constructive advice and tell her more salt could have been in the mashed potato. However the only other negative comment I heard in the judging was to do with the Chicken in Pomegranate and Walnut sauce he was told that it needed more salt. The Heart Foundation will not be happy.
Just like that child psychologist who was in the papers today saying the kids on this show may have long term issues form because of the program. Her reasoning was pretty lightweight. (Full article on SMH)
Sophia and Isabella who are twins want to open a restaurant together. Isabella cooked Ricotta gnocchi with eggplant salsa which they all loved. Sophia also wowed with her veal with fried eggplant dish. Gary thought it was the best eggplant that he had tasted all year. Well it was fried.
Taylor, Nick, Isabella and Sophia were through to the next round.
The next ten kids had a dessert challenge. Riley was making Lemon Meringue Pie, and it looked pretty good, but he put the grill on instead of the oven, and he burnt the top of it.
Also poor Tegan cooked her cake in the plastic ramekins and they melted in the oven she was bereft.
Lucy was cooking a heart shaped sponge and it looked delicious.
Angus cooked a chocolate lava pudding which had not lava in it.
However Clarrie’s rhubarb crumble was more successful and Gary thought it was delicious.
Sam who seems to really want to win cooked Quatre-Quarts and tempered white chocolate something Johnathan Daddia will be extremely jealous about his skill. George thought it was too crunchy the cake not the chocolate.
Lucy was through, as was Ashley with another heart shaped dessert. Clarrie with his crumble was through, and Sam was so overwhelmed when he made top four he was in tears.
It was a good start to the series, thankfully it is only once a week proposition at this point, as nightly it would become tedious quickly.