MasterChef Junior, which had its American premiere in the 2013 fall season, is a twist on the traditional MasterChef that millions of viewers have come to know and love. The “Junior” version of the show has a major twist, as indicated by the name: instead of using adult contestants, all of the contestants on MasterChef Junior are actually children.
When the series was first announced, many potential viewers wondered—just how would the show, which is notorious for its tension, drama and screaming antics, work with children? But MasterChef Junior’s first season has not only excellent ratings, but popular and reviewer praise as well.
In fact, it can easily be said that MasterChef Junior is an even better show than the original MasterChef: and here are some great reasons why.
The contestants support each other.
In the original MasterChef, it is hard to find any contestants who seem to genuinely support and care for one another—unless they’re trying to make an alliance just in case things get hairy. In the Junior version, all of the children seem to support one another, to the point where everyone is sad (and many even cry) when anyone goes home. It is much more satisfying to see people supporting each other than constantly backstabbing and tearing each other apart.
The food is more understandable.
In the original MasterChef, most of the food that the chef’s make can seem inaccessible to the regular home cook watching at home. In Junior MasterChef, however, the food they make is almost like a “mini haute cuisine.” It is delicious enough to be on MasterChef, but understandable enough for a home chef to get their own ideas based on the food that the kids make. And part of the fun of watching cooking shows is getting to try to remake dishes on your own, which gives “Junior” the edge over the original.
Viewers actually learn more about food and cooking.
There is little to be learned in the original MasterChef, other than “don’t ‘eff up a $200 lobster dish.” In the Junior version, however, Ramsey and the other judges are more than happy to give the contestants advice on tips when they are cooking. One episode even had Ramsey helping out a girl who had burned her dish, which ended up saving her from elimination! Jump over to this website to sign up and watch this and other great television shows on Charter Cable.