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WE MAY have lost the Ashes, but at least we can lay claim to beating England in one area. Our junior masterchefs are streets ahead of their pintsized English counterparts.
They’re caviar to England’s fish ’ n’ chips.
While our kids were tempering chocolate, one British girl couldn’t even identify a chicken breast. Harsh criticism, but that’s the problem with the kiddie version of the popular cooking contest.
You can’t say anything bad because they’re kids.
Everyone had chefs they disliked in the adult versions — Johnno, Jimmy and Claire copped more than their share of criticism, and Joanne Zalm actually had hate-sites dedicated to her.
But you can’t dislike the junior contestants, because they’re somebody’s child.
Most shows we rip off from America are basically carbon copies, but our version differs sharply from the UK version, and I have to admit, I kind of like the way the Brits do it.
For a start, there’s just two judges — John Torode and Nadia Sawalha — and they seem less concerned with the cameras than our boys do.
Plus they have better table
Unconcerned: John Torode manners — no talking with a mouth full and stabbing food like cavemen.
It’s more instructional, less polished/staged and barely seems like a competition, which surely must be better for the little cooks and their longterm mental health.
There were no tears, no tantrums, no disappointed looks on this version, only proud-as-punch smiles.
The kids are cute-as and they really do say the darndest things.
‘‘ I love doing the taste test because I just love eating,’’ says one kid.
‘‘ I think I did really well at trying it and not spitting it out, ’ cos I didn’t like it,’’ says another after a taste test. Junior MasterChef LifeStyle Food, Foxtel/ Austar, 7.30pm