Here's why Grayson might be the next 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8 winner

While the competition has been neck to neck so far, it can truly be anyone's win at this point!


                            Here's why Grayson might be the next 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8 winner
Grayson in a still from 'MasterChef Junior' (@masterchefjunior/Instagram)
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If you've been keeping up with 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8, then you probably watched the 16 young chefs give it their all in the kitchen. With each passing episode, they took on a range of new challenges and gave it their all. But now, it's down the wire as two chefs get ready for the cook-off of a lifetime in the season finale!

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Season 8 has certainly seen some exciting challenges so far. From cooking a meal for diners at a renaissance fair, cooking at a motocross track, taking on a challenge by Gordon’s daughter Tilly Ramsay to lastly participating in a WWE-themed episode, the young chefs have given it all that they had. But now, the show is down to the wire, seeing that it all boils down to the two top chefs ready to take on the finale.

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During the semi-finals, Liya, Grayson, and Ivy, all of whom made the cut, had to prepare three identical dishes for each of the judges. The young chefs were tasked with cooking in front of a live studio audience, which included their families who also served as inspiration for their dishes.

Liya went with a pork dumpling, complete with a salt and pepper blue prawn and spicy aioli. Grayson, on the other hand, went with pan-seared hamachi with crab, yuzu aioli, and radish and finally, Ivy decided to make champagne beurre blanc with halibut, a celery root puree, and white and green asparagus. The competition was neck to neck as each of them put out restaurant-level dishes. However, the halibut that Ivy served Daphne Oz was raw causing her elimination. This meant that Grayson and Liya were now in the finals.

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Who will win Season 8 of 'MasterChef Junior'?

While both the chefs are hoping to bag the trophy and $100K, there can only be one winner. It is certainly a neck-to-neck competition, seeing that both Liya and Grayson have had consistent records over the course of the show, impressing judges. Liya has bagged a total of nine wins across individual and group challenges, while Grayson has a total of 4. While there is a considerable margin between the pair, Grayson has performed consistently well in individual challenges and has been praised time and again for his flavour palette, understanding of food and plating. For now, it seems like the competition is going to be neck to neck -- the trophy is either of theirs for the taking!

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So, who are you rooting for? Sound off in the comments below!

The 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8 finale will air on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 8pm ET. The 2 hour final covers the 'Road to finale' segment between 8pm and 9pm, while the finale itself will air at 9pm on FOX.

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