'MasterChef Junior' Season 8: Abir eliminated as he drops the ball with Linzer cookies
With 'MasterChef Junior' down to the top 8 contestants, the young chefs are now feeling the heat in the kitchen, as they are all one step closer to making the top 5. But before that, they still have a few hurdles to overcome in the kitchen.
Stepping into a group challenge, the chefs prepared for a traditional bake sale, which would later be enjoyed by children. With the judges deciding who would be the captains, they picked Ivy as the captain of the red team and Cruz as the captain of the blue team. With the youngest in the competition leading the teams, they had a chance to pick out who would be a part of their team.
Ivy picked Ava, Liya and Molly, while Cruz went with Grayson, Abir and A'dan. With a boys v/s girls competition underway, each team had to put out four desserts -- cookies, cupcakes, bars and profiteroles. The blue team struggled to get on their feet going into the competition, with Abir deciding to make Linzer cookies. As he struggled with the cookie batter, A'dan made fewer cookie and cream bars than required. While the blue team tried to work through their issues, the red team also had their fair share of problems. Ava's profiterole batter wouldn't rise the first time around, and the second batch she made was too dense. Liya's cupcake batter was raw, and soon, Ivy found herself overwhelmed.
Eventually, the red team managed to pull through for the most part, but the same could not be said about the blue team. Abir burned his cookies and didn't have any backups, while A'dan's brownies were ruined due to excess cookies on the top. With only 10 minutes on the clock, the team had no choice but to improvise and make a fresh batch of bars that could be whipped up in a jiffy.
By the end of it, both teams were able to put out all the dishes, but the judges had an equal amount of criticism. However, the red team won the challenge, saving them from elimination. As the judges addressed the blue team, they explained that Cruz and Grayson did well, but Abir and A'dan dropped the ball. However, seeing that the Linzer cookies fell flat on all levels, the judges eliminated Abir, ending his journey on 'MasterChef Junior'.
Catch Season 8 of 'MasterChef Junior' on Thursdays, at 8 pm ET/PT on FOX.