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Junior Masterchef: Little Scientists And Their Culinary Talents

By Girija Narayan

Junior Masterchef India Swaad Ke Ustaad will showcase cooking talent like never before. The show will have children battling it out in the kitchen, showing their culinary skills.
These kitchen stars will churn out dishes with flamboyance, their plates will be a work of art and their knowledge like a food scientist. The Junior Masterchef Kitchen will be their favourite playground ever.
In India, a kid cooking fancy gourmet food or exotic desserts or rich Indian food is something which has never ever been seen before. We are now ready to prove that Indian kids can not only sing, dance, and act but also cook better than anyone.
Judges and Chefs Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapoor and Surjan Singh Jolly said during the launch yesterday, "We were slightly apprehensive whether children would be able to cook or not. I mean, sure, they will make an omlette, or tea, or maybe even pakodas. But it was only after the audition that we realised that they are in no way behind the original masterchefs!"

Will Replace India's Dancing Superstars

The show will be replacing ‘India's Dancing Superstars' which has just finished its current season on Star Plus.

Limited Shooting

Since the contestants this time are kids, the channel has decided to limit the shooting time and therefore will air it only on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 PM.

11 Weeks

The current season of Junior Masterchef will run for 11 weeks.

Rishta Wohi Soch Nayi

Talking about the show, Nikhil Madhok, Sr. VP - Marketing, Star Plus, said, "Star Plus has always been true to its philosophy of ‘Rishta Wohi Soch Nayi'. With Junior MasterChef, this ideology is exemplified."


We are giving young cooking enthusiasts a reality show platform but in a whole new avatar.

Adult Only Territory

For the first time, kids will be challenged in a cooking competition and seen entering a territory that was once meant only for adults.

Their Playground

You will be amazed with their talent and knowledge on the subject. With this set of young champs stepping out of the playground to take over the kitchen, you can only expect the unexpected!

Change In Format

The makers of the show said, "Keeping in mind the age group, we have introduced slight changes in the format like team tasks and double eliminations. But the difficulty level remains the same."

Safety Precautions

"We will, however, make sure that safety precautions are taken. Using safer utensils and cutlery is important when you do a show with kids in the kitchen," said Ashish Golwalkar, Senior VP, Programming, Star Plus.

Starts August 17

Junior MasterChef will make its Indian debut on August 17, 2013 on Star Plus.

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