Valeria Quintero won the contest a mac and cheese churro with a pear and raspberry compote, and she is donating her prize to help animals in need.
An entrepreneur, Zencirli has an online cupcake business called Sweet Diva Cupcakes. In the end, Zencirli’s cooking was so impressive she did get that Mother’s Day gift of $10,000. Chopped Junior airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Food Network.
On Chopped Junior, 13-year-old Fuller Goldsmith of Tuscaloosa, Ala., brought his southern roots and his passion for cooking to the judges table. With okra as a main ingredient in the frying-themed competition, judge Zachary Quinto was a tough customer, commenting on how he hadn’t eaten okra since his mom made him eat the slimy stuff as a kid. When Fuller was diagnosed with leukemia, Chopped Junior was something he would watch that would inspire him to get up and cook.
The competition was fun for Caitlyn, but also a much-needed distraction from the recent loss of her father, who died of melanoma cancer. He loved Caitlyn's cooking.
Everything was going fine for 11-year-old Tanner Waxman until his finger met the wrong end of his knife while he was slicing onions for his guacamole.
The competition came down to 10-year-old Nikki Bidun and 9-year-old Olivia Acosta. In the end Acosta was sent packing while Bidun was left to enjoy the fruits of her labor — as well as the yummy chocolate lava cake she made in the final round. Chopped Junior airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Food Network.
On Tuesday’s Chopped Junior, 11-year-old Peggy won the competition and the hearts of the viewers. Peggy made a masala chicken flatbread. The pint-size competitor had to nearly dive into the refrigerator to grab ingredients and waddled back carrying spice containers like Gus Gus carried food in Cinderella.
Charlotte Kilroy made some delicious dishes on her way to winning Chopped Junior Wednesday night. Before she won, the show’s host, Ted Allen, asked Charlotte what she would do with the money and she said, “I will donate it to The Trevor Project.
Ten-year-old "Chopped Junior" contestant Mischa Waydo loves bringing science to the kitchen, which might be because her father is a NASA rocket scientist.
On the holiday edition of Chopped Junior, the judges challenged their contestants with some interesting holiday fare, including a cornflake wreath and hot-dog stockings. Undaunted, Lily Babcock, Eli Schulman, Melody Nguyen, and Narell Hinds dazzled the judges. It came down to Eli and Melody, who had to work with “lumps of coal” (balls of smashed-up cookies), pretzel snowflakes, peppermint ice cream, and strawberries dressed up as holiday lights.
On "Chopped Junior," the kid competitors taught us that, even in these turbulent times, there is still hope for our future. Just look at what 11-year-old Ben Berinsky said.
Chopped Junior sometimes has adorable contestants with big hearts, like Nadjah Bray, who is a great cook as well as a great big sister to autistic twin brothers.
Superstar YouTube musician Austin Mahone was the guest on "Chopped Junior" Tuesday night, and he proved to be a harder-to-please judge than Simon Cowell.