Last night, Junior MasterChef farewelled four more contestants, Miraede, 10 (SA), Madi, 11 (NSW), Kieren, 11 (VIC) and Steven, 12 (SA), after they competed in two fun but frantic challenges at Disneyland.
The twelve contestants were asked to create cupcakes for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and it was no mean feat with Alice in Wonderland the guest of honour! Miraede astounded the judges with sheep-like cupcakes complete with paddock and fencing, whilst Indigo delivered beautiful bouquet shaped cupcakes.
But it was Jack who won first place with his delectable chocolate indulgence theme.
With the six top contestants safe, it was left to the bottom six – Chandler, Harry, Kieren, Madi, Miraede and Steven – to fight for survival in a special Disneyland Pressure Test. Set is Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, the six were set the task of replicating Cajun Chicken with Hot Pepper Glaze and it was cooking the chicken to perfection that separated the winners from the rest.
Harry and Chandler were crowned champions and very happily secured their place in the top 8. Despite a stellar selection of outstanding chicken dishes, only two contestants could go through, spelling the end of their MasterChef journey for Miraede, Kieren, Madi and Steven.
With an ever present smile, Miraede said,”My entire time on Junior MasterChef was amazing, but my highlight was definitely going to America. It was the best time ever and a dream come true. I felt so lucky!”
While for Madi, it was a visit from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that really took the cake, “Not only did I get to see the Prime Minister, I also got to cook a cake for her and introduce her to gluten-free cooking.”
Kieren revealed that, despite his initial disappointment in leaving the competition, he really came out a winner, “I went as far as I wanted and have learnt a lot. In a nutshell, the biggest thing I’ve learnt is that you can do anything if you try, especially when you’re having fun.”
While a trip to Disneyland was fun, Steven’s highlight was closer to home, “Watching George and Matt Moran fight over the chance to work with me was really funny and flattering! They both wanted me in their team because they thought my S.A.S [Steven’s Apple Stack] was five star quality.”
Don’t miss tonight’s episode where the Top 8 contestants return home to the MasterChef kitchen for a fun food fight. After they tackle an offal challenge, the kids get in the boxing ring, literally, with George and guest chefs Colin Fassnidge and Miguel Maestro for a fun tag team challenge.