It’s hard enough to watch a cooking competition on TV without feeling inadequate about your weeknight meals. Watching the young contestants of MasterChef- all between the ages of 8 and 13- is truly awe-inspiring. The meals that these young contestants are able to create would make any home cook envious. The two recently eliminated contestants, Mia (age 10) and Kyler (age 10) sat down to answer some questions for TwoCentsTV.com.
TwoCentsTV: What’s the First thing you remember cooking by yourself? What did your family (or whomever you served it to) think of it?
Mia: I can first remember cooking pancakes when I was two. All my grandparents thought it was crazy that my parents let me flip the pancakes on my own. But I didn’t get burned and started cooking pancakes a lot.
Kyler: The first things I remember cooking by myself were eggs. I started with the basics- scrambled and fried. I used to get a pen and pad and take “orders” when we’d have family stay with us. My family thought they tasted good and agreed I should make them again.
TCTV: What’s the most interesting thing you learned in the MasterChef kitchen?
Kyler: The most interesting thing I learned in the MasterChef kitchen is that even though you mess up on a dish, there’s always a way to fix it. Improvising is key!
Mia: I learned so much in the MasterChef kitchen! I learned that the MasterChef pantry has so many crazy ingredients. For example, there are no bananas but they do have plantains and animal hearts!
TCTV: Did you make friends among the other young contestants?
Mia: The contestants became some of my best friends! I went to New York this summer to see Jenna and Kayla.
Kyler: Yes! I made 18 other great friends. We had such a great time together and I really feel like they will be my friends for the rest of my life. We all chat often!
TCTV: Did you have fun while competing on MasterChef?
Kyler: Yes, I had so much fun! It was stressful at times, but it really was such a great experience and I learned so much and gained a lot of knowledge about a variety of things!
Mia: MasterChef Junior was the best time of my life. I loved the kitchen, the challenges were so fun and the other kids and judges were amazing!
TCTV: Is there any advice you have for other aspiring young chefs out there?
Mia: Don’t be afraid to try new things in the kitchen, try to recreate dishes that look good to you from scratch, and always keep experimenting and cooking.
Kyler: Don’t give up- you can’t always have a perfect dish. You can improvise and make great things with what you have!
TwoCentsTV:BONUS QUESTION: List the 5 TV Shows you’d show someone who has NEVER seen TV before.
Kyler: I would definitely show them MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. Grocery Games is another show that I like- nothing like rushing around a store, gathering items and cooking on the spot! The other two I would show them is Survivorman (lots of good advice that you never know- might come in handy!) and How It’s Made. I think that if you have kitchen, wilderness and knowledge of how to build things you can conquer a lot in life.
Mia: MasterChef Junior, Barefoot Contessa, American Idol, Hannah Montana, and Good Luck Charlie.
MasterChef Junior airs on Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX. Tune in tonight to watch what happens next.
Lynnie – TwoCentsTV Junior News Reporter