|First female winner of Master Chef Junior and youngest|
My food tastes and my cooking talents are far more sophisticated now, but as a kid my cooking rarely went beyond making said fluffer-nutters or heating a can of Campbell's chicken soup.
So when did all these kids start cooking?!
I love watching cooking competition shows, but I especially love the ones featuring kids. Among my favorites are:
Chopped Junior (Teens, etc)
Kids Baking Championship
Master Chef Junior
Rachael and Guy's Kids Cook Off
These kids can not only cook, but often put the adults to shame. And they certain bury me.
Of the above shows, my absolute favorite is Master Chef Junior. These kids have SERIOUS SKILLS in a major way. Not to mention it's fun to watch Gordon Ramsay tone it down and be civil and caring.
But SKILLS, I tell you! The young people featured not only know what foie gras is, but how to cook it. And some of the competitors are so small they need step stools to reach the counters and stoves. But small in stature does not mean small on cooking talent by any means. They know what flavors to blend, substitutions that work, recipes from memory, and how to wield a knife.
I remember one kid who said his idol was Julia Child. Julia Child? Julia Child died about the time this kid was born.
But kids and competition also mean there are tears. But there are also big cheers, for all of them, even when they are ousted. My favorite winner so far was spunky 9-year-old Addison, who out cooked her competition on season 4. She not only became the first female winner of the show, but the youngest. You go, girl!
Sigh. Guess I'll go back to my slo cooker vegan chili now.