If not, you should be. You really should be.
My first encounter with MasterChef Junior was through my roommate. I came home one day to find her on the couch watching a bunch of children cook food. She looked up at me with tears in her eyes, mumbling, “Troy’s just been sent home.” I’ve been hooked ever since.
The premise is simple. Like any other reality competition show, 12 kids (ages 8-13) compete in cooking challenges, and 2 contestants are eliminated each week. But what is so different about this show (other than the contestants being so young yet amazingly talented making it beyond adorable) is how positive the show is. Rather than each contestant tear each other down in the interviews and refuse to share ingredients or encourage each other in any way, these kids genuinely like each other. They high-five one another at the end of a challenge. They talk about how amazing each one is. They run to hug the winner of the challenge. And they cry when one of them is eliminated. It is ridiculously endearing.
Added on top of the positive atmosphere of the show, is the cute element. These kids are far better chefs than I am (not that it’s hard to be), cooking with ingredients and making dishes I’ve often never heard of. They move around the kitchen with ease, yet their faces say everything. They can’t hide their happiness, or keep in their disappointment. Their ambitions and creative dreams are delightful to hear. (I defy you not find little Abby’s Horses and Course restaurant plan to be the cutest thing you’ve ever heard.)
Of everything, I think my favorite is to see the usual hard-ass Gordon Ramsey being sweet and kind with the kids. He hugs, he praises, and lives up to the hero most of the kids see him as. It is, in my opinion, one of the best shows on television right now.
The current season is 4 episodes in. You can catch up on OnDemand, or Hulu Plus, or here at Fox.com. And if you’re looking to feel good, I suggest you do.
New episodes air, on Tuesdays at 8pm.