Junior MasterChef: reviews

By David Knox on September 11, 2010 / Filed Under News 13

Three reviews of Junior MasterChef today give the show two thumbs up.

Colin Vickery writing in the Herald Sun says:
The 50 children featured on the program knock out a range of mouth-watering dishes.

This isn’t chocolate crackle territory. We’re talking goat cheese wantons with balsamic glaze, ricotta gnocchi with eggplant salsa, chicken with walnut and pomegranate broth.

The first thing that strikes you about Junior MasterChef is how much fun it is compared with the adult version.

The judges – Mehigan, Matt Preston, George Calombaris and newcomer Anna Gare – are clearly having the time of their lives.

There is a wonderful spirit between the kids – something that was sadly missing from the recent adult version of the show.

The Courier Mail’s Geoff Shearer writes:
And just like the adult version, there are tears. This time mainly of joy. One 11-year-old boy dissolves into sobs when he’s selected through to the next stage. As he snuffles in an embrace with one of the judges he mumbles, “oh, this always happens”.

There’s plenty more touching moments like that and it is so heartwarming to see these youngsters congratulating and supporting each other despite what is obviously a richly combative arena.

Holly Byrnes in the Daily Telegraph says:
At first glance the top 50 is all rosy cheeks and bouncing ponytails, squealing their arrival into the now iconic TV kitchen.

But their seriousness is captured by the earnest goal-setting of these small stars, who talk to camera like seasoned professionals.

“I plan to be cutting the ribbon on my own restaurant at Noosa by 18,” boasts Max, 12, without a hint of hubris.

There’s the Elvis-coiffed kid, Nick, who wisely pegs Gare as the series’ unknown ingredient.

“I reckon Anna’s going to be the toughest judge. We know the foods that the guys like … we don’t know what she likes.”

The show premieres 7:30pm tomorrow night on TEN.

Source: news.com.au, Herald Sun, Daliy Telegraph


  1. kate September 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm -

    i wish they had intermediate master-chef or adolescents at the very lest middle master chef

  2. kate September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm -

    i love it so much wish i could go on it but i am to old for junior and to young for proper master chief

  3. Nathan September 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm -

    too late… wrong demographic, corny narration.

  4. snapper jack September 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm -

    just watched and thought was good. positive which we love but not much constructive criticism except for a lame “not enough salt” even after obvious disasters. is it only on one a week? don’t reckon will capture the viewers unless regular during the week at least a couple of times. couple of the children were obnoxious but some real cute characters.

  5. Todd September 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm -

    Expecting it to smash X Factor in the ratings tonight… which makes me :(

  6. Secret Squïrrel September 12, 2010 at 11:58 am -

    Is it just me or does it look like a large breast above that kid’s head?

  7. Cam September 12, 2010 at 10:05 am -

    I predict 2.2M

  8. vid September 12, 2010 at 1:27 am -

    @ 2.5 men … is this program going to rate???? Yes! and a big yes at that too!

  9. 2.5 men September 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm -

    i don’t know, but to me it just looks like a children’s tv show in a primetime tv slot. Will it work? Would adults be bothered watching this show?

  10. Jason D. September 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm -

    I find kids to be generally obnoxious, so I won’t even bother watching Junior MasterChef. Jr. MasterChef will probably be full of insincere praise anyway, even more so than what was given towards adult contestants whom became emotional. It looks like something that would be better suited to 4:00 in the afternoon, than targeted towards a primetime audience.

    I’ll be giving MasterChef Jr. a miss, which is unfortunate, as I really liked the other versions.

  11. Rhys September 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm -

    It’s only my liking for the MasterChef brand that means I’ll give this version a chance. I hope the judges don’t fall for the patronising approach. If it’s a bad dish tell ‘em straight up (not in a mean spirited way of course), and if they’ve got the right stuff they’ll learn from their mistakes.

  12. Mike September 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm -

    Sorry they maybe talented but this will make me watch other channels. MAsterchef junior in the UK was a joke ……. there wasnt even semi negative comment made at all. These kids are old enough to tolerant a negative comment ……….. I wont even watch it for a moment …….. The ads just ooozee sickly sweet tv …….

  13. steven guy September 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm -

    I think we are in for something special with MCjnr !

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