Television has made the little ones sing, dance and act. Now, get ready to see them don aprons, pick up spatulas and cook up a storm, literally. The first season of Indian Junior MasterChef is ready to hit your television sets, giving children (8 to 12 years of age) a rare opportunity to showcase their culinary talent. HT City gets talking to the three master chefs who have taken on the responsibility of judging these culinary prodigies.
“Great things do come is small packages, and that’s what we’re going to prove through this competition. These children are at an age when their brain works like a sponge; they grab concepts very easily. A good chef is the one who has thorough knowledge and symmetry in the kitchen. A good chef knows when to add what ingredient; these kids have that. It’s like they were born with a penchant for cooking.”
Sharing his first memory of cooking, Khanna adds, “I was seven years old when my grandmother took me to the Golden Temple, Amritsar, for langar sewa and taught me how to make round rotis.”
Surjan Singh Jolly
“I was 16 years old when I first made kheer. The kids we have on the show are just eight, but surprisingly good bakers. My role as a judge would be to keep the fun element alive. Motivation and inspiration is what kids need; we’ll just wrap all that in fun! As a judge, I have to be honest with my feedback, while making sure I’m not too harsh on them.”
“It is only in the past few years that the art of cooking has gained impetus in India. Important elements like the presentation were not given much importance in Indian homes earlier. I remember presenting a chef with my dish when I was 19; he threw it on my face, because I forgot to keep a spoon next to the dish. So, that’s what we are going to teach the children here. And, it would be dollops of fun — anything you say to these kids, their reply is ‘mama ne kaha tha aise banana’.”
The show will be aired August 17 onwards at 9 pm.