Last night’s Masterchef Junior was a tough one for all contestants, as the six remaining junior chefs were split into two teams and tasked with running a restaurant for a day. The losing team would have two of its members sent home, and with our Connecticut contestants on opposing teams, we knew going in there was a strong possibility only one of them would make it to the semi-finals.
Restaurant guests, a collection of foodies, chefs, and restaurant critics, were seated in a dining room split between the red team (Abby, Logan, and Adaiah) and the blue team (Samuel, Sean, and Oona), and given a menu with two appetizers and two entrees to choose from.
Their choices were tough ones, picked for their highly technical nature by the MCJ judges: Tempura Zucchini Blossoms with Goat Cheese or Spot Prawn Ceviche for appetizer choices, and Loup De Mer with Fennel Trip or Filet Mignon with Fries and Sauteed Spring Mushrooms for entree choices.
Both teams received a mere 60 minutes of prep time before their orders started to come in. Samuel and Abby were the captains of the blue and red teams, respectively, because they won the previous week’s challenge, and both did surprisingly well as kitchen leaders. Oona, the 9 year-old contestant who hails from New Haven, struggled with the Zucchini Blossoms, so the red team ended up getting their appetizers out way before her blue team.
The tables turned a little for the entree round, as Adaiah, the 12 year-old contestant from Danbury, admits she has never made Filet Mignon before and struggles a little at gauging the proper temperatures. The blue team nails each entree dish and ends up getting their orders out before the red team.
Unfortunately, after taking a night to sleep on it, the judges decided that the red team was the winner, leaving two out of the three members to be sent home. As this was Oona’s third week in the bottom, she, along with Sean, was sent home.
Now, only Adaiah Stevens, of Danbury, CT, is left to represent the Nutmeg State. Watch her next Tuesday at 8 p.m. compete in the semi-finals! She is now one of four Masterchef Junior contestants left competing for the $100,000 prize. Go, Adaiah!