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Fox Announces Jr Masterchef this fall...Sigh

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Yes, another Foxinization of a great overseas show.

....and yes Joe is still going to be a judge.

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  1. Oh good.Great. Yeah. No. Is he going to yell at and spit on a group of kids? UGH.

    This show is not a good idea. At least the way Fox plays it.

    1. Uff - I imagine this quickly turning into a an awkward fight of 'The darndest things kids say' vs 'The darndest things Joe says'.

      1. Do I really want to watch kids 8-13 years old cook? Not really. Will I watch it? Yeah, I probably will just for the Gordon Ramsay factor. Every time I've watched him interact with kids I've really enjoyed seeing his softer side. I'm still watching HK just for the Ramsay so I imagine I'll tune in for at least the first episode of this one as well. I'm guessing they are filming in the summer when most kids are out of school?

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        1. re: Firegoat

          Jr Masterchef reminds me of Chopped episodes when home cooks or firefighters compete. Yes, showing up and trying on Chopped is impressive. - but it's just so obviously at a lesser level.

          1. re: cresyd

            I would actually put up anything the winner of Jr Masterchef AU season 1 cooked up against anything the adults on the US version have. That said I do not want to see what fox is going to do to the program.

            1. re: chris2269

              my theory...and this is said with no bitterness at not being selected... But one of the reasons I think I was not selected..is my mom is too nice. I think it is going to be a lot like Dance Moms. The orginal age was 12-16 the it lowered... why? Sorry but me coooking against an 8 year old would be like stepping on a kitten...just cordination and physical ability to lift a pan... Why change it? SO you can have crazy stage moms on the set!

              1. re: girloftheworld

                I have to agree with you that the idea of putting an 8 year old against a 13 year given differences in basic motor skills and strength seems odd. Not to mention things like how fast you want to encourage an 8 year told to use a knife.....

                I'm sure there are more regulations in place and make sure no contestant cuts off a finger (as opposed to when adults do it, and it's just considered part of learning) - but as a concept, it's awkward. I completely get 12, 13 year olds with a real interest in cooking from a young age developing skills worthy of a competition. 8 seems like a complete stage mom production.

                1. re: cresyd

                  I'd rather see a 12-17 year old competition. Maybe a pass puberty test.

                2. re: girloftheworld

                  Wait - they have EIGHT year olds on this show? And if it's like Dance Moms and they have stage mothers on the show? I won't be watching.

                  I. Detest. Dance. Moms.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    My understanding is that is is 8 to 13 years from the website. And girloftheworld said she barely made the audition cut off and I believe she's 13.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      it is 8 to 12
                      you had to be 12 as of april 2 2012
                      my birthday is verrrry late March
                      Auditions were Feburay I was 12 at the time of auditions
                      shooting was april 2013
                      I would have been 13 during shooting which would have put me at the top end of the age rather than the younger age..

          2. I auditioned for this :( I am kind of glad on hindsite that i didnt get selected... I barley made the age cut off.. annnnd if you think about it it is really a reality show not a cooking show ..the guy that I stage with said in the long run it probally would have done more harm than good.I made my version of Jar Jar Duck

             
            1. My kid, who can cook and is completely star-struck, is upset that I wouldn't tell her about the audition. I can't get through to her that from everything I've seen/read/heard about this production, I should be prosecuted for child abuse if I were to allow it.

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              1. re: rockycat

                As a non-parent, but definitely as a former kid who fought a lot with my parents about not understanding why I couldn't do what I wanted/when I wanted to - I feel for you.

                1. re: rockycat

                  good call. there was a show a few years ago called Kids most outragerous parties..they contacted my parents after they saw me do a American Doll cooking demo .. I begged them and begged them. They told me no They showed me how all the kids on the show came across as brats. I said no way could thathappen to sweet me.. They said they would film me scooping dog poop in the back yard wrinking my nose and edit that in to my reaction to the birthday cake. Now I understand a lot more.. But am still glad they watch pretty close.

                2. I had heard that MC Jr. was starting up this fall. Did NOT know that Joe Bastardianich was going to be a judge. Dammit.

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                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I think it will be fun to watch Graham and Gordon interact with the kids. I love Gordon with his kids on the F Word. I do wish they had something aimed more at the high school aged cooks. It seems like whenever a 19 or 20 year old gets on they go on and on about how young they are and it gets a lot of them cut.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      So all three are going to be judging? OK, I think Gordon and Graham will be good.

                      And how old was the first MasterChef winner who was dissed by Joe several times for her age? Whitney Miller was 22 when she won.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Joe should not judge children. Period. This is disgusting.

                        1. re: nikkihwood

                          It might bring out a side to Joe we haven't seen before. He has kids and looks like he does kid functions.
                          http://www.ladlesandjellyspoons.com/2...

                          Here's kind of an interesting back story on Joe. I admit I didn't really know anything about him other than who his mom was.
                          http://entertainment.time.com/2012/08...