MasterChef Junior: Meet The 12 Finalists

3 10 2013

This Friday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the Top 12 junior home cooks on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR compete in the season’s first mystery box challenge and must create an impressive and delicious dish using only the mystery ingredients. Later, the judges – host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot – task the kids to each create an elevated, restaurant-quality burger in only 60 minutes. At the end of the episode, 10 kids will advance to the next round of competition and move one step closer to being named America’s first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and win a $100,000 prize.

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 12 and find out what their favorite foods are – and why:

Junior Chef: Alexander
Age: 13
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite Food: “A good burger” Simple, but amazing when made to perfection!”

Alexander

Junior Chef: Dara
Age: 12
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Favorite Food: “Any type of meat, because it’s so versatile.”

Dara

Junior Chef: Gavin
Age: 10
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite Food: “Fruit. You can do so many things with it. You can make a puree, a compote, have it by itself, or dry it. There are endless possibilities.”

A good burger” Simple, but amazing when made to perfection!”

Gavin

 

Junior Chef: Jack
Age: 10
Hometown: East Rockaway, NJ
Favorite Food: “Beef Wellington. It has everything that I love: prosciutto, beef and carbs.

Jack

 

Junior Chef: Jewels
Age: 12
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Favorite Food: “Cucumbers, hands down. I love the crispy and clean taste. Plus, they are very hydrating!”

Jewels

Junior Chef: Kaylen
Age: 11
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Favorite Food: “Sushi! It comes in so many flavors and styles.”

Kaylen

Junior Chef: Molly
Age: 12
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Favorite Food: “Any type of dumpling! You get a lot of different flavors in every bite, and you can eat a lot of them!”

Molly

Junior Chef: Roen
Age: 12
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Food: “I love sushi so much because of how fresh and cool it is. For me, it’s a food that is great in any weather, cold or warm.”

Roen

Junior Chef: Sarah
Age: 9
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Favorite Food: “Sushi, or gummy worms. I would say gummy worms, but I would need something healthy, too….and I LOVE sushi!”

Sarah

Junior Chef: Sofia
Age: 12
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Food: “Sushi–because that one speaks for itself!”

Sofia

Junior Chef: Tommy
Age: 11
Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Favorite Food: “I could eat Pasta Bolognese for the rest of my life!”

Tommy

Junior Chef: Troy
Age: 12
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite Food: “Pasta is definitely my favorite food!”

Troy

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

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Breaking In Returns on Fox

6 03 2012

“Boom goes the Dynamite!” “Breaking In” is back on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 ET/8:30 Central after “New Girl” on Fox. After being cancelled in May of 2011 to the surprise of many after having brought in 10 million viewers at the premiere and averaging 7-8 million each week, the decision was reversed in August 2011.

The new cast of Breaking_In on Fox

There may be some spoilers ahead.

The new episode, “The Contra Club”, reveals changes at Contra Security. Oz (Christian Slater) is unable to pay the bills and needs to bring in someone to buy the agency. The timeline is a year after Cameron Price (Bret Harrison) was originally hired by the firm. Noticeably missing are Dutch (Michael Rosenbaum) and Josh Armstrong (Trevor Moore). Returning characters include Cam (Bret Harrison), Cash (Alphonso McAuley), Melanie (Odette Annable), and Creepy Carol (Jennifer Irwin). Joining the cast are Megan Mullally as Veronica and Erin Richards as Molly.

My immediate thoughts were, “Oh no, this is just like Human Target where they bring in 2 women, one with an English accent, to try to change the formula in order to increase ratings.” And we saw what happened with that–it was cancelled. Megan Mullally has fantastic comedic timing, but in the first episode, it seemed like Oz was somewhat diminished; perhaps this was the intention. It was the all-knowing, all-powering Oz that was the foundation of the show, but I can see how a one-dimensional character would become stale without some obstacle to overcome. I have to give props to the writers for making light of all that happened when Oz says what he does at the opening of the “The Contra Club.” (I’ll let you enjoy that one without spoilers). The filming of the show has a different feel to it, too. I am not quite sure if that comes from the way the episode is filmed or edited, but it is not like the original series. Understanding that it was necessary to establish Veronica, I’m looking forward to a better balance between dialogue lines for both wonderful actors (Christian Slater and Megan Mullally). It was great to see Cash being Cash, full of pranks and the walking dictionary of geekdom.

By the end of the second episode, “Who’s the Boss,” I was totally invested in Molly, which caught me off-guard. The dynamic between Molly and Cam will be interesting to see evolve as Melanie gets to play the jealous person over Cam’s affections, versus Cam being jealous of Dutch the previous year. By the end of this episode, Veronica realizes that she does not know everything about making the business successful, and she and Oz have a moment of mutual admiration (which obviously will not last) for their respective positions and knowledge-base.

Although I dearly miss Josh and Dutch, I’m glad the show is back on. It is a show that will have a quirky niche in the programming lineup much like New Girl and Raising Hope. It needs to be given some time and lots of publicity to develop its audience. I hope you’ll be tuning in to see it. Live tweet with us at #BreakingIn on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm EST/8:30 central.

Thank you FoxVIP for allowing the preview of the 2 episodes.