This week’s episode started off with a test-your-knowledge challenge for the top three from last week: Jenna, Nathan, and Corey.
Stocked up in the MasterChef Junior pantry are over 500 ingredients without labels including 83 herbs, 32 kinds of peppers, and 11 types of rice. Jenna, Nathan, and Corey each receive a shopping list of 20 ingredients with two minutes to shop the crowded pantry.
Corey successfully identifies and retrieves 7 ingredients. Nathan beats him by one, correctly identifying 8 ingredients. Jenna is the winner with 10! She wins an advantage in the evening’s main event. For the win, she selects the teams for the elimination challenge. For herself, she selects Kayla. She pairs Andrew with Riley, Ryan Kate with Nathan, Jack with Corey, and Ayla with Jimmy.
The junior chefs’ challenge is to recreate this sushi boat. They will work individually while their partner advises from the side for 3 minute intervals, then switch and tag in their partner. This intricate task involves rolling the California roll, slicing the fish for the nigiri, preparing the tempura batter and frying the shrimp.
Jenna chose Kayla because she’s her friend, but their teamwork was nonexistent. They cry through the judges’ evaluation. Jack thought he was a sushi master and Corey was too crazy for him. He was not a sushi master and they had no success either. Andrew and Riley made a nice team and a nice plate of sushi. Nathan and Ryan Kate did well too. The true superstars were Ayla and Jimmy, who created the best sushi and won the challenge!
The bottom two teams are Jenna & Kayla, and Corey & Jack. It was almost good night ladies, but Corey and Jack end up being asked to leave the MasterChef Junior kitchen with their heads held high.
It’s always impressive to see these kids cook, but the highly technical preparation of sushi just leaves me awestruck. I love to see these kids work, and these two should be proud to be in the top 10!
I know Jenna has more to offer, so I’m glad she’s safe for now. I’m excited to see what else Ayla has in her now, too!