MasterChef Junior season 6 episode 4 aired on Fox Friday night and it’s fair to say that on the surface, this was not the most gourmet episode of the series that we have ever seen. Yet, the beauty of this show sometimes is going from something simple and turning it into something spectacular.
The first challenge existed tonight for mostly two reasons: An opportunity to get a few young home cooks safety, and then after that a chance to completely cover Joe Bastianich in one giant milkshake. This is something that we’ve seen just about every season, just because for some reason it’s exciting to transform this show into Nickelodeon every now and then. (We personally want to know how much of the milkshake Joe actually ate — for the record, we also love the weird runner this show does where the judges magically clean themselves off in about two second.)
The majority of the creativity came tonight in the form of the elimination challenge, one that put the home cooks into a position where they had the tough task of making chicken and waffles — something that we love as someone who’s actually went and ate chicken and waffles from Roscoe’s in the past in California. Many of these kids figured out a way to make these a little more tied to their own cultural identity and food skills. For example, we saw Remi make an Italian chicken and waffles and Ariana made a version tied to her roots. Yet, it was Cade who won the challenge with a version of chicken and waffles that was (apparently) tasty, creative, and interesting.
Unfortunately, there are some eliminations that you can really see coming from a mile away and this was one of them. One of the biggest indicators that someone is going home typically is when undercooked chicken is served to the judges and that is precisely what we ended up seeing here with Lindsay. She was in the bottom with Grayson, Ben, and Quani, who came up with his own version of “maple syrup” that was a little more ambitious than it really needed to be.
Grayson and Lindsay were the two parties who went home tonight after their version of chicken and waffles didn’t work. Grayson tried to do something different with tie-dye chicken and waffles — we appreciate the effort from a visual perspective, even if there were too many technical errors to keep him in the competition.
This episode was fun, fast-paced, and really made us want to eat breakfast for dinner. Is there really anything better than “brinner”? We don’t think so.
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