“Go pig or go home!” Avery Kyle exclaimed after tackling pork belly in last week’s semi-finals of Fox’s “MasterChef Junior.”
The 9-year-old Baton Rouge cook earned one of two spots in the reality competition series’ finale with her Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Mash, Fried Beet Root Chips and Sauteed Brussels Sprouts.
The finale airs at 7 p.m. tonight on WGMB, Channel 44 (cable Channel 6).
She’ll be going up against Addison Smith, also 9, of River Forest, Ill., who wowed the judges with her Soda-Braised Pork Ribs.
The four semifinalists got a big surprise at the show’s start when the judges lifted large domed lids, revealing one of their parents hiding under the table with only their heads visible on a platter, surrounded by fresh fruit.
“Hi Dad!” Avery yelled when she saw her father, Ronnie Kyle, pop up in the “MasterChef Junior” kitchen.
“Your Mom and I haven’t had a decent meal with your sister cooking,” he said.
“Ahhhh, she burns water,” Avery shot back.
Each parent gave his or her child a gift box containing the main ingredient they would use in the first challenge — making a soufflé.
All three judges — chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi — were impressed with the contestants’ first attempts at the complicated dessert, including Avery’s strawberry creation.
A watch party is planned for Mellow Mushroom, 4250 Burbank Drive, No. 101, Baton Rouge.
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