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Isabella Wins Junior Masterchef

Isabella wins the inaugural Junior Masterchef ahead of Jack on the final tonight.

Congratulations and she won some great prizes a $15,000 trust fund. But should it have been more? Considering the amount of money the series has pulled in for both Fremantle and Ten?

Did you think the right person won?


1 rusty { 11.15.10 at 9:59 pm }

No, I thought Jack deserved it – more creative and original, and had come further than the girl, but as good a technique.

2 Angel86 { 11.15.10 at 10:13 pm }

I thought Jack should’ve won. His second dish was better than the chef’s version. Isabella shouldn’t have gotten the high scores that she got.

I also think that Isabella had an unfair advantage in having her sister there for support.

3 bella vita { 11.15.10 at 10:19 pm }

It was either gonna be one of the twins all along…they speak well, know all the right things to say to camera and their peers and have had the most airtime.
I think Jack is a terrific kid and wish him all the best

4 PinkPatentMaryJanes { 11.15.10 at 10:51 pm }

I think the show unearthed an enormous array of talent – far more than we’d seen in the senior version. Jack was a bit of a dark horse, I didn’t really rate him as we didn’t hear much about his cooking till toward the end. Good on them all, they were a beautiful bunch of supportive kids who deserve to go far.

5 Chunks { 11.16.10 at 12:53 am }

Jack should have won. How could Isabella get a 10/10 for a dish that was clearly inferior to Jack’s on the judges own statements? Aaaaand her invention wasn’t really an invention and they admitted it. Oh well, I’m sure he’ll still do very well out of it all.

6 BarbM { 11.16.10 at 9:43 am }

My phone ran hot last night after the show, one of disbelief considering the 11/10 score received by Jack.
One sided and makes you believe it was a foregone conclusion and those rated 11 scores were to make the competition appear closer. It could have been handled better, by selecting 5 unknown judges and the challenge plate by number not by contestant.
You have contradicted yourself, either Jack’s was the better by your own admission with the scores, or it was not! To have exceeded the chef’s own creation, he should have won hands down.
A far better choice all round for all, would have been to have had 2 Junior Master Chiefs of Australia, male and female! But now all you have done is isolated many viewers who will see this as being rigged, just like the Japanese Iron Chef that none of us no longer watch either.
You may be wasting your time setting up for 2011 2nd series, because if my friends and their friends are anything to go by, you have just lost a lot of viewers. One sided, favoritism, and an all round fiasco. I am out, never to be viewed again in this house.

7 Jacqui { 11.16.10 at 11:48 am }

Sofia should have won instead of her sister! She is a much better cook than Isabella!

8 Paul { 11.16.10 at 11:52 am }

I think the prize money is about right – any more and you could get some parents pushing their children into the competition for all the wrong reasons.

I know Fremantle make a lot of money from the show but they are also the ones taking the risks. I’m sure nobody would be handing around a hat for them if their shows failed. They take on the liability themselves so should enjoy whatever successes come their way.

AS for JMC – just couldn’t get into it. Watched it on and off and the judging was just far too sickly sweet for me. Whilst I understand the reasoning behind it I like my competitions to have a little bit more guts to them than that.

9 Fiona { 11.16.10 at 12:05 pm }

Please people! wake up and smell the onions!!! This show is rigged from the start. It was all acting. They pretend they have no idea what a mystery ingrediemt is when they were all told days before a challenge what the mystery ingredient is. I ask that cooking?

10 BarbM { 11.16.10 at 12:08 pm }

I agree Jacqui, Sofia was far more talented than her sister.
I am still getting phone calls about the show, could have been handled better for accurate judging.
I know the kids knew the core ingredients, but they still had to master cooking it, but I have no issues with the kids, but I most certainly do with the way the judging was done on the end product.
Downright favoritism and it can be seen as no more than that.
1. Select 5 new judges who aren’t involved in who wins.
2. Those 5 judges should be under lock and key so they don’t see the core ingredient chosen by Jack or Isabella, or their finished product, it comes in to be judged as the unknown chef cooked it.
3. The final result should have been brought out on plate by someone else and the plate numbered to mask the name of the chef.
As it was it is too open for bias votes, and the viewers who aren’t silly and blinded would now not be ridiculing the show and its judges.
I won’t bother with watching it again, I enjoyed watching the talented kids, but those judges need to keep out of it altogether and all future unknown judges should never know who cooked what, so the result is far more accurate.
For me and many friends, the show has taken a real dive to the depths and we will not help revive it by watching 2011 or any other follow up years.

11 Paul { 11.16.10 at 12:10 pm }

Well little Sienna needs an Oscar for her bravo performance and only 9 year old too !!!!!!!!

Or perhaps she wasn’t really 9 but 18 and they rigged the television cameras to make her appear younger ?

And they weren’t cooking with actual ingredients but rather specially shaped playdoh. This was then photoshopped onto actual stoves and plates whilst the real thing was prepared by chefs behind the scenes.

It all makes sense now.

12 Vic { 11.16.10 at 12:11 pm }

Fiona – of course it is cooking. When I plan to impress people with food I plan for weeks in advance, get advice from the web (SmittenKitchen is my favourite).

I don’t know why the producers think they need to lie to us. I don’t care if the kids found out the night before.

Also, for a cooking competition I would love some longer challengers. Not everything in a restaurant is cooked in 1hr. Would love to see cooks with the time to marinate, cook stocks, rest and play with textures.

13 Reality Raver { 11.16.10 at 3:39 pm }

BarbM – I think some of your criticisms are valid. In the adult version of Masterchef I would have liked to have seen blind tastings on some of the challenges.

Paul – Good point about the prize money. It would be good if they gave some money for a children charity or trust for underprivliged children.
I am sending my kid on it for the scanpan set.

Vic and Fiona – Agree I don’t know why producers lie about how spontaneous the ingredient choice is.

Jacqui – it will be interesting to see if Sofia and Isabella open the restaurant. It is nice they are going to share the prize money.

Chunks – Was Jack the one who was given an extra 10 mins in the challenge in the previous week?

PinkpatentMaryJane – I don’t think any of the kids will have long term issues from being on the show. But I hope in 10 years they do a where are they now article to see how many are working in the food industry.

Rusty and Angel 86 – Jack prizes were pretty good, but I have to be honest is any dish worth 11/10?

Bella Vita – do you think the winner was decided early in the series?

14 seepi { 11.16.10 at 4:13 pm }

I actually thought early on they were setting up the other twin to win. She was not getting as much airtime as Isabella, but I thought she would streak forward at the end.

Jack made a great mushroom forest early on I remember.

I would have like to see more ‘kiddy food’ type challenges – decorating cupcakes and the like. It was sort of wierd to see little kids cooking snails and lobster, and while it was amazing, it wasn’t anything my kids will have a go at.

They could have still got onto sophisticated food later on, but a few fun challenges earlier on would have been good.

15 seepi { 11.16.10 at 4:17 pm }

I understand they were going for adult audiences as well, but they lost a bit of the feel of that with the cutesy judging anyway.

16 Fides { 11.16.10 at 9:46 pm }

The 11/10 was ridiculous. Once, maybe ok, but for 3 judges to do that – most contrived thing ever. But I would love to see the judges do that for the adult’s MC next year in one of the celebrity chef challenges…or at the Olympic diving/gymnastics maybe…

17 Kyeema { 11.17.10 at 8:12 am }

I agree with most of the comments above – (there were gaping flaws in the show and Jack should have won – simply because he is far more creative and “out of the box”), but that said I really enjoyed this junior series. I loved the sheer exhuberance displayed by the kids and the fact that everyone seemed to be having a total ball (judges included).

I agree that Sofia is a stunning cook. I just wonder if the fact that she won so many challenges on the way through and so was exempt from any pressure tests (I don’t think she had to do one until she reached the second last episode) served to disadvantage her when she actually got to do one in the semi final? Isabella on the other hand battled her way through quite a diverse array of challenges and became quite used to cooking under the more intense pressure.

As for Sienna…. what a total cutie! My husband (who hates anything on the commercial channel) was totally smitten by her. All the kids were incredibly talented!

18 mary { 11.17.10 at 7:31 pm }

It was clear from the start that the twins were the favourites. I had Isabella picked when she made ‘coutaletta’ and George raved about it. It was supposed to be an invention test and it was just a chicken schnitzel – which incidently how it was entered in the Masterchef magazine.
I believe that Sofia was far more talented than her sister. But there were others in the top 50 clearly because they didn’t have the ‘right look’ or personality or a good story where the judges could keep asking there cutesy questions and see if they could get a few tears for the show. And the opening of the restaurant together etc etc. I was getting very sick of the judges and their bias votes and 11/10 – Come on!!!
I reckon there would have been a different result if the judges hadn’t known who cooked the dishes.
I certainly won’t be watching the 2011 2nd series, and have a very strong feeling they just lost a lot of viewers.
For any child wanting to apply, making sure you have a good story to pull you through. If you don’t and still want to be on the show make up a convincing story.

19 BarbM { 11.17.10 at 7:49 pm }

I totally agree with you Mary. All one sided. I read that Series 2 is in the pipeline and kids (or probably parents pushing) are signing up for series 3.
I think after this fiasco, the show has signed its own death warrant.
I’ll go back to something more mundane, NCIS, CSI (all 3 of them) and some animal and vet shows.
To heck with the Junior and Senior Masterchef’s utter rubbish!

20 BarbM { 11.17.10 at 8:41 pm }

I know I just posted awhile ago but had to share something you.
My post number 6 at the top is an exact copy I sent/posted on the site of Junior Masterchef, and guess what? I can now no longer log in, they have placed a stopper on me.
Must have some home truths as so many have said here.
Silly sods by doing that, it isn’t going to help them at all, many feel as I do, and there are things such as private emails, blogs, and any forum you happen to a member of and I am a member of over 12 of them. Can’t hide the truth from the people, we are much wiser than they think we are!

21 Sourkraut { 11.17.10 at 9:27 pm }

Dont know why but i actually watched the second half of this crap.
Decided that Jack must secretly be a cousin of Chris b to get robbed like that.
y o y do i even bother with MC of any varity. obviously past my use by date SIGH

22 Fides { 11.17.10 at 11:12 pm }

BarbM, you should wear it with pride : the way the MC forums have been moderated this year has been so heavy handed…

Agree Sofia was much more talented than Isabella. I reckon Geo thought so too. But they certainly have one very talented mum and nonna (how many things did those girls cook which they named after their nonna?) … just realised what needs to happen next year – Irmagard needs to get one of her grandkids/great grandkids on JMC so she can cook vicariously through them. We missed out on some Austrian classics this year.

23 sourkraut { 11.18.10 at 1:26 pm }

You sure you dont mean AustrALian classics? (a la our monumentally marvellous pm ha)
If Irmgard came back to MC next year I might even be tempted to watch again. Otherwise MEH

24 Anonymous { 06.13.12 at 6:19 pm }

I think jack should have won. And I feel the twins had some connections. It was obvious from the beginning they were trying to make them win.