Three young chefs in Georgia have moved on to the next round and are in the top 16 in the fifth season of “MasterChef Junior” on Fox, airing on Thursday evenings. They are among 40 talented kids between ages 8 and 13 who were selected from a nationwide search for the best junior home cooks across the country.
Tune in Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. on Fox to see if they continue to wow the judges move on to the next rounds.
The three kids from Georgia include:
Jasmine Stewart, 12, of Milton, Justise Mayberry, 11, of Sugar Hill and Afnan Ahmad, 13, from Jonesboro.
The culinary competition features a series of delicious challenges — from steak to scallops to cupcakes. They also cook a meal for more than 40 first responders, and get a culinary challenge from former first lady Michelle Obama. This season also includes the first-ever vegan challenge. Surprise guests and diners also include renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and the Muppets.
The host is Gordon Ramsay, British star chef of “Hell’s Kitchen.” He is joined by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi. Together, these food experts coach and encourage the hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way. One of the young chefs will be named the country’s newest MasterChef Junior and will take home a trophy — and a $100,000 grand prize.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed local contestants about their love of cooking and about being on the show, which was filmed in Los Angeles. They were not allowed to discuss the results.