Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SUPER 12 KIDDIE COOKS GEAR UP FOR TOUGHER KITCHEN BATTLE

Amazing Kids! I guess everyone of you would agree with me as I describe the Super 12 Kiddie Cooks joining the final casts of a reality cooking show in ABS-CBN, the Jr. Master Chef Pinoy Edittion.

Last Wednesday, November  16, I am privileged to be invited to attend the pres con of Jr. Master Chef Pinoy Edition and meet the Super 12 Kiddie Cook finalists. It was also my second time to meet the gorgeous host  of the show, Ms. Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and the three resident chef /judges, who are all have nothing but good words for the kiddie cooks who made it to the Top 12. They said everyone is very competitive and has their own style in cooking and each has impressed them in their own ways. Although, Judy Ann and the chef /judges has their early favorites, they claimed that they cannot really predict who will be the very first Pinoy Jr. MasterChef winner yet because all 12 kiddie cooks are doing really great as the competition gets closer to final. But they're certain that every episode of Jr. Master Chef in its final weeks will be more challenging, full of surprises and of course absolutely sumptuous as the kids continue to face the challenges in the kitchen.


One of the highlights in the event is when the guests and media people were given access to Treston International College's culinary/kitchen area where the 12 kiddie cooks are busy preparing appetizers and desserts to be served to us later. We got the chance to get to know the kids and see them in action and it feels really great knowing how efficient these kids are in the kitchen.

During the pres con, the kids were asked by press people of who they think is their toughest competitor in the kitchen and the votes reveals that Philip is most considered by his peers as their toughest competitor. Surprisingly, the youngest and the cutest among them, Bianca (9 years old) is also in the top 3 being the threat to other kiddie cooks.

After several questions for the kids, the press also asked the chef judges and later expressed bigger interest on Judy Ann and started asking questions how she lost weight and achieved her great looks now.

I meant it when I say Judy Ann was gorgeous, she was wearing a very classy orange dress paired with a matching pumps with very minimal make-up. I was really in awe seeing how sexy she is now, months after she gave birth to her first born. The first time I saw her was in June and I guess that was only 2-3 months after giving birth and she already loss some pounds but the effect of pregnancy on her is still evident on her face and in her thighs but seeing her recently was something commendable for Juday. She is every-inch looking great and seems like motherhood has added the glow in her.

See photos of her and the Super 12 Kiddie Cooks here.


Get to know more about the 12 Kiddie Cooks, read the official press release below:

Weeks of tough cook-offs have brought together the bes t 12 kiddie cooks from the country in the “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition,” impressing viewers with creations kids their age might not be able to cook with ease.

The kitchen battle is just about to heat up as the Super 12 faces all-new challenges to bring them closer to the MasterChef crown.

Taking a spot in the Super 12 is Bianca, 9, one of the youngest kiddie cooks in the show.  Both of her parents were formally trained in culinary arts and have taught her proper cooking techniques at such an early stage.

The cheerful Philip of Cebu, meanwhile, made his way into the viewers’ hearts by dancing every time his dish gets complimented by host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and chef judges Ferns, Laus, and Jayps.  He lacks formal cooking training but still manages to whip up the best-tasting dishes in the show and even led the culinary race last week by topping the scoreboard.

The kiddie cooking reality program showcases a pool of talented kids coming from different backgrounds.  There is Iain, who masterfully creates various Italian dishes which he and his family enjoy.

Filipino-Japanese Mika, on the other hands, is extensively trained in Japanese cuisine.  Although she prefers to bake, her skills in different cooking methods are just as refined.

Also getting into the Super 12 is Tricia, who plans to major in Business Management to help their family business thrive. She goes straight to their family-owned restaurant in Batangas everyday after school to watch their chefs cook or help out in preparing their customer’s orders.

There is also Patrick, who dreams of becoming a doctor someday, but also wants to pursue formal culinary studies after. During their family trips abroad, he asks his parents to buy him cooking tools and equipment instead of toys and gadgets.

Outside the kitchen, Miko is a school varsity basketball player.  He prepares breakfast for his family on Sundays and made his first dish, beef broccoli, when he was just eight years old.

Emman’s most memorable cooking experience was cooking pancakes for his mom who worked on a night shift when he was six year’s old.  From the usual panceakes, he can now cook a variety of dishes – ham and cheese omelet, beef steak, and pizza rolls, among others.

Meanwhile, eleven-year old Kyle has an instinctive approach to c ooking.  He is fond of using the Quido style – cooking through reliance on look, feel, and taste instead of measurements – a sign of an interesting career ahead of him.

The naturally curious Jobim likes to experiment in the kitchen by adding different herbs and spices to his dishes.  Sometimes when he and his family eat out, he requests to visit the restaurants kitchen to watch the chefs in action.

A devotee of “Junior MasterChef Australia” and a fan of its grand winner Isabella, Acce hopes to win the competition one dish at a time.  During an immersion, she wowed viewers with her spaghetti bolognes with b├ęchamel sauce and tomato salsa.

Caitlin joined the cooking competition because it’s one way for her to spend more time with his father, who is currently working as an engineer in Abu Dhabi.  Although timid, she has impressed the judges early in the completion with her dishes like rice in amplaya silog, which gained the highest score in the program’s silog challenge.

The cooking showdown of the Super 12 kicks off this Saturday (Nov 19) as they conceive wow-worthy recipes made with shellfish in another Invention Test.

This Sunday (Nov 20), meanwhile, the 12 kiddie cooks will be divided into two competing groups and prepare a full meal consisting of an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert for Teston College students and employees, who will serve as their judge.

Watch “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” this Saturday (Nov 19) after “Wansapanataym” and this Sunday and this Sunday (Nov 20) after “Goin’ Bulilit” on ABS-CBN.  For updates on the program, like http://www.facebook.com/jr/jrmasterchef on Facebook, follow @jrmasterchep_ph on Twitter, or visit www.masterchefph.tv.


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