It only took us four seasons, but we finally saw a girl vs. girl finale (actually– we finally saw a girl in the finale)! Nine-year-old Avery faced off against nine-year-old Addison for the title. Personally, I was happy to see both of these amazing girls in the finale and knew I’d be happy to see either of them win the title.
There is only one challenge in the finale: both girls cook an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, present them to Gordon, Christina, and Graham, all while their families and former competitors cheer them on from the balcony.
Here is what they make for their final stand in the MasterChef kitchen:
Down the left, we have Avery’s appetizer, cream of asparagus soup with smoked oysters, creme fraiche, and a Creole crouton; her entrée, lobster and crawfish etouffee with crispy okra; and dessert, strawberry and rhubarb shortcake with orange chantilly cream.
Down the right, we have Addison’s appetizer, sake marinated shrimp with seaweed and sea bean salad, sour plums, and puffed rice; her entrée, miso black cod with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and coconut ginger broth; and dessert, green tea panna cotta with brûléed plums over crumbled cookie.
It was especially fun to see Christina during her first season of MasterChef Junior– while Gordon and Graham are well-acquainted with what ulta-talented kids can do, I think these girls knocked Christina’s socks off a little. They always impress me, and I don’t even get to taste their creations!
The moment of truth comes, and it’s Addison for the win!
Congratulations to both girls! What did you guys think about this season of MasterChef Junior? I can’t wait to see another crop of kids come through this kitchen!