I got to meet some of the most talented kids and you know what they love to do? Cook.
They've been doing it since they were toddlers. I had the pleasure of covering the MasterChef Junior open casting call in Dallas a few Saturdays ago.
Here are some highlights from my interviews:
First up is Collin. He is a boy that has been cooking for 1-2 years and has this tidbit to share:
Plating is one of THE most important things to have mastered in order to present a dish.
You eat with your eyes first!
He is from Ft. Worth.
Next is Jacob who hails from Gunbarrel, Texas. He's been cooking up some yummy meals since he was 4 years old!
He is nine years old now and his specialty is "Crazy Chicken".
Phillip is from Cedar Hill, Texas.
He is 12 and he's been cooking since he was 2! His mom states that he'd get in the kitchen and loved to mix up the ingredients. When they noticed little Phillip had a knack for cooking, they decided to let him have at it!
He loves making hot wings!
His advice to young hopefuls is to keep doing what you're doing. He started watching the Food Network and that inspired him even more.
Finally, we have a pretty young lady, Afran. She lives in Plano, Texas, is 10 years old and loves to cook Persian food.
She is in the 5th grade and she cooking is not her only talent as she also sings and ice skates.
She is from a small town near Waco. She had just met with the executive team and had a great time playing some games with them.
She stated that she'd been cooking since the age of 3 or 4 and loves to cook "comfort foods". Yum. I love to EAT comfort foods :) She also sings and acts and when she's not busy displaying her talents, she loves taking care of her bottle calves.
This young lady ended our interview by saying that "even if I don't make it, it was still a good experience."
Good luck to all the future cooks and keep practicing!
What an honor it was to have been asked by Fox Network's media relations to cover this exciting event.
To find out more about MasterChef Junior check out their website and don't forget these faces! They may just be on your TV soon :)