MasterChef Junior

masterchef juniorI have to apologize to all of you out there in MWTVG land. I have been keeping one of my favorite shows on TV right now a secret.  That show?  MasterChef Junior.  I know, it sounds crazy. I have talked to people who have said they never watched it because it looked very stupid and I thought the same thing…before I watched it.

I tuned in to the first episode just to confirm what I had suspected about the show, that it was going to be terrible and instead I got a huge surprise.  It wasn’t bad.  In fact, it was very good.

There are lots of cooking shows on TV and lots of cooking show contests.  It’s easy to lose a show like this in the sea of reality TV that is out there and if you have ignored this show, I can’t blame you.  I’m here to tell you though, if you are a fan of watching talented cooks do amazing things, then you will love this show.

MasterChef Junior is another version of the MasterChef show that has already been running for a few seasons.  On MasterChef, home cooks compete against each other to win cash and their own cookbook. The format is similar on MasterChef Junior except these are kids competing.

The children on this show range in age from 8 to 13.  They are definitely kids.  What is amazing about this show though is that these kids can cook.  The food that they put out is incredible.  I could watch this show just to watch these kids cook.  I wouldn’t even care if there was a winner or people being eliminated.  Just do a show about these amazing kids and their talent and I’m hooked.

masterchef judgesWhat I also love about this show are the three judges. Gordon Ramsay you all probably know. He’s been around for a while and has quite a reputation. The other two judges, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot are less well known but both very good.  Their personalities on the adult MasterChef are very different than they are on MasterChef Junior. On the adult show, there is the typical treatment that you expect from judges on a reality contest show, especially from Joe whom I always thought had to be the biggest jerk on the planet.

On MasterChef junior though?  All three judges show they are real people. They show genuine care and concern for these kids and they are true mentors to them.  They don’t make things easy on them and they will be critical when things are wrong, but you can tell watching these judges how proud they are of the kids.  I love how supportive and helpful the judges are.

I can go on and on gushing about this show but I won’t.  Readers here know that when I don’t like a show (2 Broke Girls and Dads I’m looking at you) that I will tell you. MasterChef Junior is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and I can’t believe I almost didn’t watch it.

If you haven’t been watching MasterChef Junior, you can get in to it tonight. There are just two episodes left of MasterChef Junior and on tonight’s episode, the kids take over an actual restaurant and do all of the cooking.  The customers have no idea that it is children making their food for them and they get quite a surprise.  I can’t wait to see how this turns out.  Here is the promo for tonight’s MasterChef Junior:


MasterChef Junior airs on Fox on Fridays at 7:00.  If you aren’t going to be home to watch this show, DVR it.  Trust me.  You will not be disappointed.