'MasterChef Junior' Season 8: Cruz gets eliminated due to botched rib eye steak

From an immunity challenge to an elimination one, the young chefs found themselves under a whole lot of pressure


                            'MasterChef Junior' Season 8: Cruz gets eliminated due to botched rib eye steak
Cruz on 'MasterChef Junior' Season 8 (FOX)
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The young chefs are starting to feel the heat on 'MasterChef Junior', as the competition has dwindled down to seven contestants. With everyone hoping to make it to the top 5, the pressure is starting to pile on. This week, the young chefs had to take on an interesting immunity challenge as they had to work with different kinds of eggs.

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With seven contestants and seven eggs up for grabs, they had to work with a different kind of egg while whipping up a dish that would save them from an elimination challenge.

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With the timer running, each chef grabbed an egg of their choice -- Liya went with quail eggs, Cruz took duck eggs, Grayson got the goose eggs, A'dan opted for chicken eggs, Ava decided to get the emu eggs, Ivy picked the ostrich eggs, and Molly decided on turkey eggs. As they all got creative with their dishes, the judges agreed that the top three dishes were Grayson's, Ava's and A'dan's, seeing that they got creative with their dishes while letting their key ingredients shine.

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When it came down to it, A'dan won immunity, making him the first of the top six. This meant that the others would now have to face an elimination challenge. For this, the remaining chefs had to cook steak -- but it wasn't that easy. To decide who would get what cut, they had to play a version of the board game 'Operation'. With A'dan deciding the order, Molly was the first to try her hand at picking the cut of her choice, followed by Cruz, Ivy, Ava, Liya and Grayson.

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Apart from safety, there was a lot of the line -- seeing that the winner would have their recipe featured on the BEEF. IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER website and a chance to visit a cattle ranch. Cruz had a bit of a setback going into the challenge, seeing that he cut his finger. However, he was able to bounce back real quick and had his head in the game. As each contestant presented their dishes, the judges were as critical as ever, seeing that a spot in the top 6 was up for grabs and they expected the chefs to present nothing but the best. 

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The winning dish of the night was Liya, who thanked her father for teaching her all that she knew. While Ivy and Liya found themselves safe as well, Cruz, Molly and Grayson were in the bottom three. Unfortunately, Cruz was the one to get eliminated. Despite being among the youngest on the show, Cruz was grateful for his journey and promised Gordon that he would continue cooking and doing what he loves. 



Catch Season 8 of 'MasterChef Junior' on Thursdays, at 8 pm ET/PT on FOX.

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