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"MasterChef Junior" Top 12 Finalists Compete Head-To-Head This Friday, October 4, On FOX

September 30, 2013 - This Friday, Oct. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the Top 12 junior home cooks on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR compete in the season’s first mystery box challenge and must create an impressive and delicious dish using only the mystery ingredients. Later, the judges – host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot – task the kids to each create an elevated, restaurant-quality burger in only 60 minutes. At the end of the episode, 10 kids will advance to the next round of competition and move one step closer to being named America’s first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and win a $100,000 prize. 

Watch/share these content pieces featuring the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 12:

Click HERE to get to know Jack, Kaylen and Tommy –
Click HERE to get to know Dara, Jewels and Troy –
Click HERE to get to know Alexander, Gavin and Molly –
Click HERE to get to know Sofia, Roen and Sarah –

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 12 and find out what their favorite foods are – and why:

Alexander                       Age: 13          
Hometown: New York, NY

Favorite Food: “A good burger. Simple but amazing when made to perfection!” 

Dara                                 Age: 12          
Hometown: Culver City, CA

Favorite Food: “Any type of meat, because it’s so versatile.” 

Gavin                               Age: 10          
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Favorite Food: “Fruit. You can do so many things with it. You can make a puree, a compote, have it by itself or dry it. There are endless possibilities!” 

Jack                                 Age: 10          
Hometown: East Rockaway, NJ        

Favorite Food: “Beef Wellington. It has everything that I love; prosciutto, beef and carbs.”

Jewels                             Age: 12        
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ

Favorite Food: “Cucumbers, hands down. I love the crispy and clean taste. Plus, they are very hydrating!” 

Kaylen                             Age: 11          
Hometown: Culver City, CA

Favorite Food: “Sushi! It comes in so many flavors and styles.”

Molly                                Age: 12          
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Favorite Food: “Any type of dumpling! You get a lot of different flavors in every bite, and you can eat a lot of them!” 

Roen                                Age: 12          
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Food: “I love sushi so much because of how fresh and cool it is. For me, it’s a food that is great in any weather, cold or warm” 

Sarah                               Age: 9          
Hometown: Culver City, CA

Favorite Food: “Sushi, or gummy worms. I would say gummy worms, but I would need something healthy too... and I LOVE sushi!” 

Sofia                                Age: 12          
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Food: “Sushi – because that one speaks for itself!” 

Tommy                            Age: 11          
Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Favorite Food: “I could eat Pasta Bolognese for the rest of my life!” 

Troy                                 Age: 12        
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Favorite Food: “Pasta is definitely my favorite food!” 

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. 

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