MasterChef Junior season 8 episode 9 recap: Who was eliminated?

The top young home cooks ages eight to 13 have been chosen to compete in Season 8 of “MasterChef Junior” on Fox. Once again, Gordon Ramsay leads the jury and is joined by a renowned chef Aaron Sanchez and Emmy-winning talk show host Daphne Oz. The winner of “MasterChef Junior” takes home the coveted trophy and $100,000. They will also take home a brand new Viking kitchen, amazing counter top appliances, cookware, bakeware and a trip to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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Below, read our minute-by-minute “MasterChef Junior” recap of Season 8, Episode 9, titled “Junior Edition: The Big Bake Sale” to find out what happened on Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Then be sure to talk in the comments section about your favorite young cooks on the Fox reality show and who you think has what it takes to win the whole contest.

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20:00 — Previously on “MasterChef Junior”! The top 9 competed in a spicy team challenge where teams of three raced to make the most jalapeño poppers. Abir, Grayson and Ivy won the challenge and secured their Top 8 spot. The remaining contestants took part in a mystery box elimination that forced them to cook a dish with live crab. By the end of the night he was 11 Ciara who was eliminated and sent home to Bakersfield, California. Now, eight candidates remain in the running for the title “MasterChef Junior”!

8:07 p.m. — The young chef-testers enter the “MasterChef” kitchen and are delighted to see a dessert buffet in front of them. Gordon announces that they are hosting their first ever “MasterChef Junior” Bake Sale! Daphne assures them that bake sales are a tough challenge, but they won’t be alone. The teams will be divided into two teams of four. Each team is responsible for four baked goods: a cookie, a cupcake, a cream puff and a bar. They have 75 minutes to make 20 servings of each. Someone from the losing team will go home. The two youngest contestants, Ivy and Cross, are team captains. Joining Ivy on the red team are Eva, There is and Molly. Joining Cruz on the blue team are Grayson, Abir and A’Dan. It’s boys against girls! It wasn’t planned like that, but that’s how things turned out. Cruz isn’t thrilled to have A’Dan on his team as he hasn’t shown himself to be a very good team player.

8:12 p.m. — The girls seem well settled in their roles. The boys are already arguing over what is appropriate for the children they will serve. A’Dan can’t understand why his teammates want to serve up a bunch of fancy flavors they won’t know. He would prefer it to be simple and delicious. Abir disagrees, saying the judges ultimately determine the winner. I guess we’ll find out who’s right! The girls seem to be going the easier route, Molly baking a classic chocolate chip cookie while Liya works on red velvet cupcakes.

8:25 p.m. — Abir struggles with his shortcrust pastry. If he can’t get out of it, he’ll just have to start over. A’Dan refuses to help his teammate as Abir didn’t listen to him and now it’s his fault he’s in trouble. Daphne argues with the other judges, echoing what A’Dan said earlier. She doesn’t think boys make cookies that kids really enjoy. Worse still, the cookies chosen by Abir are complicated. As Abir sinks at the cookie station, Gordon praises Cruz for his leadership qualities. Ivy is also a strong captain. Not bad for the two youngest candidates! The boys are completely disorganized compared to the girls. Gordon pulls Ivy aside and tells her that Eva royally messed up the cream puffs, so she better watch them. At the same time, Liya’s cupcakes are raw. Ivy’s team is suddenly in danger.

8:35 p.m. — Over time, it seems like everyone needs help with their desserts. It’s kind of a disaster. A’Dan’s brownies are so bad that Daphne says he has 10 minutes to make completely new bars or have nothing at all. The youngster gathers something he has made many times at home as a snack. At this point, he’s just crossing his fingers and hoping for the best. A’Dan says his new bars look like “dog poop,” but will taste good. Time passes and it’s judgment time.

8:45 p.m. — The young cooks bring their desserts to the bakery stations on the terrace. The kids come rushing in, helping themselves to all the delicious treats. After asking the children for their opinion, the judges taste each dessert themselves. Cruz made a small mixed berry Victoria sponge cake which was well baked and tasty. Gordon thinks he needs more icing, but it’s beautiful. Aaron thinks it’s perfect. Abir’s Lemon Blackberry Linzer Cookie is overcooked and tough. Gordon spits it out and doesn’t even eat it. Aaron says there is nothing redeeming about this cookie and Abir starts crying. Grayson made a Mini Matcha Cream Puff that’s cooked well, but it’s an acquired taste. It’s good, but they don’t think it’s the right dessert for kids. A’Dan made a chocolate cornflake bar, which is by no means appealing. Daphne says if she ate it with her eyes closed, she wouldn’t have a problem with it.

8:55 p.m. — It’s Red Team’s turn, starting with Liya’s Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting. It is visually “nice” and well cooked. Daphne would like more frosting, but it’s delicious. It’s too sweet for Aaron. Molly made a chocolate chip nut cookie with an orange drizzle. The flavor is nice, but the cookie is overcooked. Eva made chocolate cream puff with orange frosting. Gordon calls the filling delicious, but Daphne thinks there might be too much chocolate. Ivy made a Blondie bar with Purple Fluff frosting. Sea bass is cooked through but doesn’t need icing.

8:59 p.m. — It’s the judges’ turn to decide which team won this challenge and which young cook will be eliminated. The winning team is the red team, which means the girls are safe. Unfortunately, Abir is eliminated from the competition and the 10-year-old will return to San Ramon, California with the dream of opening an ice cream shop.

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