Another welcome helping of ‘MasterChef Junior’ starts Tuesday

SHARE Another welcome helping of ‘MasterChef Junior’ starts Tuesday
SHARE Another welcome helping of ‘MasterChef Junior’ starts Tuesday

The undisputedly cutest cooking competition on TV returns for a second season with “MasterChef Junior” at 7 p.m. Tuesday on WFLD-Channel 32.

Sixteen kitchen-oriented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 whip up elaborate dishes well beyond the skill set of most adults.

Chicago chef Graham Elliot and a kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsay are among a trio ofjudges deciding which culinary prodigies go home each week and which get to continue their quest for the $100,000 prize —a bounty one young contestant says she’d use to donate to charity … and buy a horse.

I’ll admit I have mixed feelings about putting children in these kinds of high-stress situations for a TV show, especially when sharp knives and open flames are involved. Seems like it’s only a matter of time before someone cuts off a finger or ends up wearing a hot pot of oil.

So far, the only injuries I’ve seen have been emotional, in the form ofa few uncomfortable bouts of crying. The refreshing way fellow contestants and judges rally around a young contender having a meltdown ultimately make this an inspirational series that’s more sweet than bitter.

Rating: [s3r star=3/4]

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