The idea of a cookery program relying upon the culinary talents of children under the age of 14 should strike fear in the heart of most parents, add in the incredible Gordon Ramsay with his well known four letter rants and concern for these kids rises, but tonight’s competition, which consisted of tears and hugs, erased the worry that this whole Masterchef Junior thing was a bad idea. These 16 children possessed a calm and poise in front of the camera and in the kitchen that was impressive to the nth degree. Ages ranging from 8 to 13, the kids were anything but, whilst wielding sharp knives, mixing complex herbs and spices and cooking delightful looking dishes that, according to Gordon and his two “assistants” tasted as good as they looked.
The MasterChef finalist Josh Marks had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia 24 hours before he committed suicide. Tragically, the 7 foot 2 inch tall “gentle giant” had been arrested in July this year after acting bizarrely and claiming alternatively that he was God and possessed by celebrity cook Gordon Ramsay.