Archive for the ‘MasterChef Junior’ Category

MASTERCHEF: JUNIOR EDITION: Contestant Ryan Kate, 11, from Coppell, TX. CR. Greg Gayne / FOX. © FOX Broadcasting Co.

Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
RK: Hi I’m Ryan Kate from MasterChef Junior Season 3

MW: How did you get cast to be on MasterChef Junior?
RK: There was an open casting call audition in Dallas. So many friends encouraged me to go since they know my passion for cooking and have tasted my food. Right after my audition, I received my callback and had to prepare a dish on camera in a working kitchen. Then after mounds of paperwork and submitting a video of my home and family, I got the call that I had been cast for Season 3. The next week I was off to Hollywood!

How is it working with?
RK: Chef Ramsay-I couldn’t wait to work with Gordon, because he is after all, Gordon Ramsay! He was less intimidating than I thought, but still very intense!

Chef Elliot -Graham was always very cheerful which I liked. He always had very specific details when he critiqued my food. I liked that he noticed details that the other judges didn’t notice. I really like to pay attention to details, especially with my plating.

Chef Bastianich – Joe (he isn’t actually a chef, but a restaurateur) was really the funny one of the group. He always had something to say or do that made us laugh. This seems hard to believe since he is famous for his “death stare,” but he always put a smile on our faces.

MW: What was your favorite dish to make on the show?
RK: My favorite dish that I made on the show, believe it or not, was the dish that got me eliminated, salmon en croute. I liked that dish because it challenged me and taught me something new since I had never made it before. Once I returned home, I perfected that dish and now it is a family favorite at our house.

MW: What was your favorite Mystery Box to do?
RK: Probably the aged ingredient challenge. I loved the way the judges dressed up as old men and also, I was working with lots of foods that I never get to work with and as I said before, I love a good challenge.

MW: What was your favorite individual challenge to do?
RK: Salmon en croute, definitely.

MW: What was your favorite team challenge?
RK: On the team challenge, I think it’s a tie for the sausage challenge and the sushi challenge, because I got paired with great teammates on both of those challenges! Kayla and Nathan are both amazing chefs and were great partners.

MW: What were your thoughts when you were sent home?
RK: I was disappointed because I made such great friends, but they live all over the country and I knew I would not get to see them again soon, if ever. But I was also happy to have made it so far. It was such an accomplishment for me and I was proud of myself and thankful for the experience.

MW: What did you think of the Nathan Odom winning?
RK: I was really happy for him because he was one of my friends and I think he totally deserves it. He is an amazing chef and an amazing friend.

MW: What are your plans for the future?
RK: Because of the show, I have lots of opportunities that are right around the corner. But long term, I would like to go to the Culinary Institute of America in New York. I’m still deciding between becoming a Chef, Restauranteur, or food critic because I also love to write and what’s better than getting paid to eat food?!

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
RK: I would like to thank Fox for giving me the opportunity. But more importantly, I would like to thank God for blessing me with this unique talent and my family and friends for supporting and encouraging me. And for all of you who love to cook, keep practicing because practice makes perfect!

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
JW: Hi, my name is Jimmy Warshawsky, I’m 14 years old and I was a semi-finalist on Fox’s hit reality cooking competition show, MasterChef Junior

MW: How did you get cast to be on MasterChef Junior?
JW: I had watched all the Masterchefs and the 1st season of Masterchef Junior and I was very interested in auditioning for the show, so when they had a casting call in Los Angeles, I tried out for the show, and after many rounds of interviews, call backs and cooking demos I was cast on the show

MW: How was it working with?
Chef Ramsay
Chef Elliot
Chef Bastianich
JW: It was absolutely amazing working with all 3! They were all extremely nice and encouraging. I felt they all worked incredibly well with us kids. Gordon was always an idol of mine, and I’ve watched him for many years on all his shows on tv and online. So meeting him was a dream come true, and I hope someday to have a food empire just like him with many restaurants worldwide, and cooking shows, just minus the cursing. I learned so much from Gordon, Graham and Joe, and hope to have the opportunity to work with them all again someday.
MW: What was your favorite dish to make on the show?
JW: My favorite dish I made on the show was Salmon En Croute.

MW: What was your favorite Mystery Box to do?
JW: My favorite Mystery Box was the ‘Aged to Perfection’ one because I got to use some ingredients I really love to work with, and I made potato pancakes served over an aged blue cheese and parmesan sauce topped with smoked salmon flowers and a radish and preserved lemon salad.

MW: What was your favorite individual challenge to do?
JW: My favorite individual challenge was the homemade pasta challenge when I made pappardelle pasta with a Vodka No-Vodka Sausage Sauce.

MW: What was your favorite team challenge?
JW: My favorite team challenge was the Sushi Challenge.

MW: What were your thoughts when you were sent home?
JW: Of course I was sad that I didn’t make it to the finale, but I was really proud of making it to the semi-finals, after all only 12 contestants have ever made it to the top four in MCJ. And I just felt it was such an amazing opportunity that I am grateful to have been a part of it.

MW: What did you think of the Nathan Odom winning?
JW: I was very happy for Nathan, he and I are great friends.

MW: What are your plans for the future?
JW: Right now I am working on a Youtube cooking series called HAX, it’s a cooking show about fun tips and tricks in the kitchen! The first few episodes are already online. You can watch them at Youtube.com/stormer54321

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JW: I would just like to first thank you for this interview, and then also thank all the amazing people involved with MasterChef Junior, it’s been the most awesome experience and truly a dream come true!

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