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“MasterChef Junior”: ”˜F-word”™ Is For Food
By Melissa Simon
Aug 5, 2013 - 11:08:52 AM

BEVERLY HILLS—Renowned chef Gordon Ramsay announced a new installment for “MasterChef,” one in which children are the up-and-coming chefs, called “MasterChef Junior.”

At the Television Critics Association (TCA) tour on August 1, Ramsay said the new contestants are between the ages of 8 and 13. Ramsay is known for his brutal honesty on his current cooking shows that air on Fox, including “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” and the original “MasterChef.”

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Gordon Ramsay and Sarah, "MasterChef Junior" contestant, at TCA tour
At the TCA tour, Ramsay was asked if he ever cursed during the filming of the show. His response of ”˜No’ brought a response from a contestant named Sarah, who said he did twice and that she was not afraid of Ramsay despite his reputation.

“I’ve seen all of Gordon Ramsay’s shows but I wasn’t really scared because he can’t be mean, because, well, we’re kids!” she said. 

Ramsay, who is a father of four, said much of the attention for the show was placed on managing the kids’ expectations. Many of the kids in attendance at the TCA tour said they had dreams of pursuing careers in the food industry.

“Whether they become chefs or food writers or something else entirely, they will go through life with the understanding that in order to live well, you need to eat well,” he said. “Learning to cook for yourself is so important. And it doesn’t have to be fine dining.”

The contestants chosen for the show were chosen based on their skills.

“They actually produced food in the first and second challenges that was better than in the overall competition this year,” Ramsay said of the kids. “I rest my case.”

The judging panel will consist of Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot.

“MasterChef Junior” premieres on September 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox and the top 24 will be split into teams of three, with each group making their best seafood, pasta or dessert dish. The top 12 from that competition will get an apron and continue on in the food competition. The winner will be named America’s first-ever “MasterChef Junior” and win the grand prize of $100,000.



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