Reality Show Series #1 - Junior Master Chef is now in the Philippines!

A lot of positive reasons were heard from the 60 lucky children who passed the first-ever global presentation of the Philippine edition of the Junior Master Chef cooking competition.

As they literally stormed the auditions at the different major cities in the archipelago, they brought food samples that they've cooked at home and proudly related instances as to why they like cooking even at their young ages.

Those lucky kids reasoned out that they began liking food because of their parents' jobs or businesses. Others wanted to learn while they're still young and some were forced to do it because of economic reasons.

Whatever their reasons of bringing up the goodness on their food samples, the official host, multi-awarded dramatic actress Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, a certified chef herself, have every tasty reasons to like them.

She was amazed how these kids are aiming for the grand prize of Php 1 million pesos and culinary scholarships at the prestigious culinary schools in and outside the country.

Ms. Santos is not alone on her quest, courtesy of ABS-CBN Channel 2, to launch this reality show that garnered top recognition in France, Israel and Australia.

Along with her are three top chefs with renowned caliber when it comes to cooking. They are:

  1. Chef Fernando 'Ferns' Aracama
  2. Chef Rolando 'Lau' Laudico
  3. Chef JP 'Jayps' Anglo

Those names ring many bells in the kitchen due to their accomplishments in international cuisines that they've brought to the local gourmets and food connoisseurs.

The official logo of Junior Master Chef-Pinoy Edition
The official logo of Junior Master Chef-Pinoy Edition | Source
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (Main Host of Junior Master Chef-Pinoy Edition)
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (Main Host of Junior Master Chef-Pinoy Edition) | Source
The Judges: (L-R) Chefs Lau-The Rebel, Ferns-the Maestro and Japs-The Traveler
The Judges: (L-R) Chefs Lau-The Rebel, Ferns-the Maestro and Japs-The Traveler | Source

What to expect on Junior Master Chief-Pinoy edition

The Appetizer edition was shown last Saturday (August 20, 2011) and the contest proper will begin the next weekend (August 27, 2011).

The 60 kids will be expected to fare in cooking through different stages of the contest. It includes:

  1. Mystery Box - where kids will choose among the 10 available ingredients in order to cook for selected group of people (mostly the judges and host). The best kid who wins the challenge will be able to have 'super powers' for future use.
  2. Offsite Challenge - Kids will cook for group of people outside the studio.
  3. Catchup Challenge - Kids will be given leeway to cook their own recipe from the available ingredients.
  4. Imitation of Signature Dish - They will copy the taste and appearance of the sgnature dishes the judges will provide.

A month-long preparation was made prior to the staging of its initial presentation on television.

Kids personally passed the audition series, through actual cooking and their explanations about the dishes they've prepared.

The host and the judges strongly agreed that these bunch of junior cooks will surely shine in the future as they're starting to hone their talents and skills through the reality show.

The host, Judy Ann with some of the kids
The host, Judy Ann with some of the kids

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'Junior MasterChef Australia' Promo c/o tvcentralcomau

Junior Master Chef is the junior version of Master Chef.

The Filipino audience will also witness the grand opening of the said show at the same TV channel where cooks who didn't have experience in fine dining are now invited to join the series of audition that are now being conducted at the major cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Personally, I am planning to join the audition, too but I must prioritize my job first as a seafarer.

Maybe, the second edition will also include cooks on board international ships to join Master Chef.

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing. Flag up!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Wow! It's here already, the Junior Master Chef - Pinoy Edition. Can't wait to feast my eyes on the food samples they'll be cooking.

Kids, good luck and Juday, I'm a fan!


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

wow, that's great; I love all things "cooking shows". And becaue cooking in international, it only makes sense that it would be developed and implemented around the world. I would propably even watch an international cooking show! Oh, wait, I already do: " Iron Chef". Great hub. Keep up the good work!


Gina 5 years ago

It does sounds interesting. It nice to know they are allowing kids to explore more talents. Not just singing and dancing because let face not everyone can sing and dance. But it was be great to see what these kids cook up.

Thanks for looking

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Cooking shows are the 'in-thing' these days. Young minds easily learn the rigors in the culinary world.

Thanks for sharing this info.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@dallas93444: You're welcome, Sir! It's fortunate to see talented kids hone their skills in culinary arts.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@erthbound1974:Yes, it's already here. I am enjoying watching the show with those kids showcasing their natural flair in cooking.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@carolyn a. ridge: Thanks to you, too. Cooking shows are really awesome, although it's been edited already when airing every episode. We don't know what's happening behind the kitchen. I think we may guess the same things that often happen when cooking under pressure.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Gina: Kids have unlimited talents and skills. Good thing is that they're trained at young age so that they can easily cope with the challenges of growing up and being matured in the future.

We don't fixate our appreciation with them seeing dancing or hearing their singing prowess. There's more to tell when they're at the kitchen.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor:Yes, it's the in-thing in primetime television these days. The production is vast and the tension never ends. Success will be measured outside the studio. That's for sure for the new kiddie chefs.


Selena Lovato 4 years ago

cooool!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Selena Lovato: Thanks, for dropping by. It's such a cool feeling to know you.


gtjyu6tghj 4 years ago

panget


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@gtjyu6tghj: Why 'panget'? Don't you appreciate those raw talents vying for that culinary award?


shane andey calicdan 4 years ago

galing sana manalo c ___________________


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@shane andey calidan: Well, who's your bet, shane?

For me, they're all winners already. They were given chances to prove their cooking skills on national television.

They're an inspiration to children who don't want to excel in the kitchen.

Are you a cooking nugget?


alejandra 4 years ago

me gusta


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@alejandra: muchas gracias!!!

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