TV Guide: Junior MasterChef Australia on 10 and 10 Play

Junior MasterChef Australia premieres on Sunday, 11 October at 7.30 pm on 10 and 10 Play.

The pint-sized cooks enter the kitchen when Junior MasterChef Australia premieres on Sunday, 11 October at 7.30 pm on 10 and 10 Play. The show will air Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and will be the first time the format has aired in Australia since 2011, with the winning taking home $25,000 in prize money.

The show will feature home-style favourites as it celebrates cultural cuisines and recreates dazzling dishes with MasterChef Australia judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo along for the ride.

When Leong signed up to the new look MasterChef a return of Junior MasterChef wasn’t discussed but the newfound success of the franchise and the Covid-19 pandemic led to the show coming together this year. Leong said she jumped at the opportunity to be on the show.

“I was utterly thrilled, and I loved the idea from the get-go. Kids bring so much joy and energy to a space. While it has been several years since the last iteration I thought why not, there is always an opportunity to learn from our youth and I think we forget there is so much that we can learn from the generations much much younger than us.” 

The Junior MasterChef will feature MasterChef classics like the mystery box, immunity challenges and of course eliminations, but there will be a sprinkle of some new ingredients to the shows winning recipe including the immunity gong, where two cooks will win the chance to bang the gong and save themselves from elimination during the competition.  

With a fun flavour to the show, the format will also feature the young cooks collecting their own honey from a beehive, making their way through a snowy MasterChef kitchen, and taste a large amount of ice cream.

The season will see challenges set by Curtis Stone, Darren Purchese and Kirsten Tibballs, Morgan Hipworth and MasterChef Australia Back To Win winner, Emelia Jackson.   

The 14 contestants on Junior MasterChef Australia:

Junior MasterChef Australia

Ben, 10, VIC

Ben is from Bendigo in country Victoria. His hobbies include making military models, playing the cornet and going to cub scouts. When he grows up, Ben dreams of being a website developer, an architect or a chef who specialises in telling a story with food and hopes to do that on Junior MasterChef.

Carter, 12, NSW

Carter holds aspirations to be a chef and own a hatted restaurant.  He is also into sports including soccer, touch footy, swimming, little athletics and hip-hop dancing

Dev, 13, VIC

Born in Australia to Indian parents, Dev’s first love is making curries, but he also loves cooking Italian cuisine and making technical desserts inspired by Heston Blumenthal. Dev plays competitive tennis and classical guitar and enjoys hanging out with younger brother Sydh, 11.

Etka, 13, VIC

Etka has a passion for Indian and Thai cuisine, having lived in Thailand for a year. His interests are varied, with fishing, art and restoring and repairing old items amongst his favourite hobbies.

Filo, 12, VIC

Junior MasterChef Australia premieres on Sunday, 11 October at 7.30 pm on 10 and 10 Play.

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