MasterChef Junior season 6 episode 8 was an installment that raised many important questions. For starters, it both asked and answered how to make a proper risotto!
After we saw Mikey’s team lose the breakfast-themed Team Challenge, they all faced off in what was the first proper Pressure Test of the entire season. From here, Joe Bastianich did arguably a better job of demonstrating how to make a proper risotto than anyone else on a cooking show we’ve seen. Risotto has always been one of those dishes that is very exciting, but at the same time also still somewhat out of reach. This was a reasonably accessible lesson and challenge for some of the young home cooks to take on.
If there is one word that we would use to describe how we feel in the aftermath of watching this, it’s fairly simple: Impressed. We know just how challenging this competition is and with that in mind, this is an especially difficult task for them to take on. Yet, there wasn’t anyone who completely turned their risotto into a complete disaster. The primary mistakes that we saw from Emily and Pierce was mostly just a struggle to create the perfect rice. It was undercooked and a little crunch on both of their plates, and with that in mind that was enough in order to send the two of them home.
This was, overall, the sort of challenge that really just made us hungry more so than it did anything else. We enjoyed it even if the whole “replicate this dish” challenge are not what this show does best. It’s pretty clear from the get-go just what the various highs and lows are going to be.
The breakfast challenge
Earlier on in the episode, the first task required these teams to do breakfast room service, one of the most deceptively tough things for any chef out there to ever execute. You have to figure out now only how to make the perfect waffles, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and eggs, but you have to also do this within a fairly short period of time. This was another “replicate this dish” sort of challenge, but at least it was refreshed slightly by the fact that so many different cooks were cooking different things and there was a bit of strategy in it. Mikey and Evan had to figure out how to lead and also how to delegate their teams.
We really just think that this competition came down to having a better overall team and that was enough to get them safety.
As we said, we’re hungry now. While format-wise this episode wasn’t necessarily our favorite thing that MasterChef Junior does, this episode is about as good of a version of that as we are ever going to get a chance to see on this show.
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