MasterChef Junior interview: Cade Ortego talks show experience, high points

Cade Ortego

There were certainly some times on MasterChef Junior where it felt as though Cade Ortego had the potential to make it all the way to the finale. Yet, that didn’t happen as he was one of many home cooks sent home in the epic two-hour episode that aired late mast month. His undoing came in an attempt to make beignets, which we give him a lot of credit for taking on given that they are no easy thing to put together. (With that being said, they are delicious!)

In the latest edition of our show exit interview series below, Cade opens up about why he wanted to be a part of this season, some of his favorite moments in the competition, and also what he learned the most from being a part of the show.

CarterMatt – What made you want to be a part of the show this season?

Cade – My mom and I were watching the adult season of Master Chef on television , and then a commercial came on saying that there were tryouts in New Orleans.  I looked at my mom and she said, “Let’s do it!” It all happened very fast, and I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did!

What was your favorite moment from your time in the competition?

My favorite moment in the competition was the Asian Appetizer challenge. Mikey and I had a blast through that whole show!  We worked so well together and we’re just carefree and having fun. Mikey cracks me up!

Have you been able to bring back a lot of what you’ve learned this season to impress people in Mississippi?

Yes! I mean, I got a master class from Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and Joe Bastianich, so I came back to Mississippi with a lot more cooking knowledge!  I’ve enjoyed making dishes from the show for my family and friends.  I still need to try that egg ravioli!!

I’m a big-time lover of beignets myself. What made you want to make them in the last challenge?

I knew that the competition was getting closer to the end, so I had to start showing the judges that I was capable of being the next Master Chef. Beignets are not the easiest thing to do in an hour, so if I pulled it off they would be really impressed. Whoops!

What was the biggest lesson you learned from being on MasterChef Junior?

The biggest lesson I learned from being on the show was that you should always believe in yourself because you never know what you are really capable of doing!  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet so many new friends.  We all still keep up!

What do you want to do in food next?

Who knows! I would love to have a restaurant or maybe even be a TV star like Gordon Ramsay!

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