The MasterChef Junior Season 5 is about to premiere on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. in Fox. Yet, hosts Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi must be excited to know the 40 aspiring young chefs in the making.
Like the previous seasons, the upcoming competition will showcase the children’s ability to create gastronomic dishes. The winner shall receive a trophy and a cash prize of $100,000.
According to Parade, the contestants need to impress big names like the former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik, and Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen. More than that, The Muppets’ Miss Piggy and Swedish Chef will be guesting as well.
What to expect from MasterChef Junior season 5
The first episodes will introduce the 40 contestants. However, challenges will eliminate half of them. Then, the remaining 20 will have a white apron and have the chance to be the MasterChef Junior Season 5 winner.
Fox.com gave the details about the first challenge. The first two episodes of Season 5 will have the title “The Quest for an Apron Part 1 and Part 2″ wherein the junior home cooks come to Los Angeles to compete for the MasterChef Junior apron.
The viewers should expect a culinary showdown divided into different categories like steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group will get the apron while the other two will return home.
River Forest chef Addison Osta Smith won the contest in Season 4. And now, five of the 40 young chefs are also from Illinois. However, they live in more the more popular location- in Chicago and in Evanston.
Here are the five local contestants of The MasterChef Junior Season 5; courtesy of Chicago Tribune:
- Charlie Hans- the nine-year-old aspiring talent loves cooking apple cinnamon pancakes.
- Na’Imah Johnson- the 10-year old chef also loves baking. The signature dish is red velvet cupcakes.
- Evan Robinson- also 10-years old, the little boy loves to make hickory-smoked pork belly.
- Avani Shah- the signature dish of this 8-year old kid is coconut curry chicken over jasmine rice.
- Logan Hagene- from Evanston, this 10-year old chef-to-be loves making fish sticks with panko breadcrumbs and hand-cut fries.