The first thing that we have to say in this MasterChef Junior season 5 episode 10 review is hats off to all of the young home cooks who even attempted to make a beef wellington in this episode. This is one of those dishes that Gordon Ramsay stresses on Hell’s Kitchen, and there are a ton of people on that show that screw it up.
Everyone, in the end, did a pretty impressive job of conquering that in this episode, but probably the aspect of it we enjoyed the most was that there was actually an educational aspect to it. For one, Gordon went through everything that actually goes into the wellington, so you had a little bit of context as per the composition of the thing. In addition to that, you also learned a little bit more in the way of how to prepare it, the technical flourishes, and then what to look for in the end result.
The elimination Thursday night was a sad one since we ended up seeing Mark and Avani, the youngest contestant this season at only eight years old, sent home. The two did do a pretty remarkable job, and we give them credit for putting it all out there and not giving up on the challenge. We’ll have exit interviews with them hopefully next week.
As for the remainder of the episode, we had arguably one of the weirdest decisions by Fox ever to film a holiday-themed challenge, apparently while not sure that the episode would air during the holidays. Our sentiment is that this was originally supposed to air in the fall, and this would’ve fit in perfectly there. As it is, though, it was awkward to see a gingerbread house in the middle of April. Peyton and Cydney did win the challenge, and with that were spared the wellington’s wrath.
By far, the best and most ridiculous part of the entire episode was seeing Aaron Sanchez strut it at the end of the episode to hose everyone down in frosting while dressed as a giant gingerbread man. Never did we imagine that we’d be watching a gingerbread house competition in the spring with Gordon Ramsay dressed like an elf watching young home cooks be doused in frosting. Odd, but it works for the show.
The episode was fun. The timing of it was weird, but we can’t dock MasterChef Junior for something that it has zero control over. Grade: B.
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