Some programming geniuses at FOX cracked the code for the Holy Grail of food TV. “MasterChef Junior,” a spinoff of “MasterChef” but with kids, pretty much fulfills all of my cooking show hopes and dreams. Premiering on September 27th, the show will feature young culinary virtuosos ages 8 to 13. The young contestants will face the similar challenges to their adult chef counterparts — only Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot will mentor rather than judge them, Gordon Ramsay will refrain from shaming and swearing at them (hopefully) and they’ll be sent home in pairs, so as to preserve their burgeoning egos.
Although Sarah, the adorable 9-year-old who boasts, “I have been cooking for 6 years, so I know what I’m talking about” and then is shown screaming, “Whip like a man!” to her fellow contestants, seems to be faring just fine. When she throws down the most perfect molten lava cake Graham Elliot has ever seen on the show, you know that her cockiness is warranted. I will live the rest of my life and never be able to make a dessert like that. And SHE’S 9! But can she beat Jack, the kid who can cook an immaculate, restaurant-style branzino? You guys. I can’t. [The Braiser]