Viewers Go Wild For New Season Of Junior MasterChef Australia
There haven't been many reasons to crack a smile in Australia over the past few months. With a deadly pandemic, devastating bushfires, a recession, and a bleak outlook on the future, we definitely need a pick-me-up.
Well, it looks like a little TV show called Junior MasterChef Australia has come to the rescue.
It quietly premiered on Australian telly on Sunday (October 11) and it seemed to be the wholesome content that we have been crying out for.
The episodes will also debut on Disney+ and people have flocked to social media to praise the kids for not only being incredibly brilliant in a kitchen but for also being adorable.
My whole life now is just watching kids faces light up when the judges praise their dishes #JuniorMasterchefAu- Ebony "Wash your hands" Bennett :rainbow: (@ebony_bennett) October 12, 2020
Seriously, how can children who are a tiny fraction of my age, cook 100% better than me? #JuniorMasterchefAu- Credible Hilary :dog2::cat2: (@hil_clix_pix) October 11, 2020
Time for me to sit down and feel like an underachiever for a whole hour #JuniorMasterchefAu- Anna Braganza (@BraganzaDr) October 11, 2020
One person wrote: "I'm so goddam WEAK i thought I'd watch a few mins of #JuniorMasterchefAu and here I am crying 30 mins in, I'm furious how much these smart adorable children have melted my rotten heart."
Another added: "Thank god for #JuniorMasterchefAu it's probably the only thing that will hold me together for the next few weeks."
A third said: "Watching Junior MasterChef and routinely uttering 'oh what the HECK' at everything these tiny food wizards are plating up."
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To be honest, most of us were barely wrapping our heads around 2-minute noodles at their age, yet they're able to whip up beautiful and well-presented dishes that we'd all be happy to eat at a restaurant.
The 14 little contestants were chosen out of out of the 2,000 people aged between nine and 14 who applied. It's the first time the show has aired since 2011 and this will be the third season in the franchise.
The kid contestants will have to work with the ingredients they're given and produce a stunning meal for judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen.
Melissa told MediaWeek that she was blown away by what the kids came up with.
"The calibre of cooking and their interpretation of the creative challenges really surprised me in terms of their maturity, their artistic conception, and their execution. I really hope that the audience can appreciate just how special these kids are," she said.
Each week, they'll have to battle it out and complete challenges set by the likes of Curtis Stone, Darren Purchese and Kirsten Tibballs, Morgan Hipworth and even MasterChef Australia winner Emelia Jackson.
There will be the usual MasterChef challenge staples like Mystery Boxes, Immunity Challenges and Eliminations.
The mini-chef who comes out on top will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000.
Featured Image Credit: Network 10