I admit we are a foodie family. We enjoy cooking together in the kitchen as well as enjoying a number of great cooking shows! One of our favorite cooking shows to enjoy is MasterChef Junior with host THE Gordon Ramsey. Yes, we have also been avid watchers of Gordon Ramsey shows too. MasterChef Junior LIVE takes four of the MasterChef Junior competitors on the road for a live performance. The MasterChef Junior Live show is in a number of cities and has even extended its tour due to popular demand. My family and I attended the San Antonio Show at The Tobin Center. Tickets were provided so that we may bring you our honest opinions about MasterChef Junior Live. All opinions expressed are my own and my family's. All travel and additional expenses were our own. This all-new production brings the culinary hit TV show MasterChef Junior directly to you LIVE! Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites (Malia, Evan, Matthew, and Jasmine) Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. Our talented chefs have been on prior seasons of MasterChef Junior and now are bringing their talent, creativity, and enthusiasm to the stage. After being introduced to our chefs the "competition" begins with, of course, just like the show an appetizer challenge. It was so much fun to watch with the audiences as the clock counted down the minutes. One change from the show, the chefs didn't all have the same ingredients but had to "wing it" in the kitchen with a very general challenge. And, if you are used to the celebrity judgest MasterChef Junior LIVE switches things up with the chef's judging each other's creations. During our next challenge sous chefs are selected from the audience. Surprise! One of them is actually a student at the San Antonio Culinary Arts School! I wonder if that team will have a distinct advantage as they create their masterful main entree selections. I admit that the description of the Burger and "fries" was enough to get my mouth-watering. My youngest daughter agreed! Evan does make one beautiful burger. The show also has a camera on the sides so you can watch them as they prepare as well as get a better look at each of the chefs as they taste test their competition's dishes. Much like the television show, there is a "mystery box" challenge. But not just our chef's compete with mystery ingredients but our host does too. Can he make whipped cream from scratch?
It wouldn't be a chef challenge without a dessert challenge! Now our chefs are teamed up with other kids from the theater's audience. The challenge is to ice as many cupcakes as possible and of course, there's a mystery. A cupcake tower isn't enough fun, now they have to "decorate" our junior master chefs too. I'm sure we all recognize the universal symbol for "hands up!" Be sure to stick around after the show to meet the cast or to purchase souvenirs (they are also available while you wait for the show to start). The cast joins us to do autographs and some quick photo ops with their admiring fans. Our family really enjoyed every minute and left The Tobin Center very hungry! We also got some great ideas on what to make the next time I find salmon and pork chops on sale. To round out our weekend we enjoyed the comforts of the Fairfield Inn & Suites (great rate on Expedia using our points!) Southtown Octoberfest with stops at Dorcol Distilling and Brewing, Kunstler Brewing, a walk along the Riverwalk with shopping at the Riverwalk Center, Pearl Brewery for Happy Hour at SoutherLeigh Fine Food and Brewery, and Desserts from Bakery Lorraine. If you have missed MasterChef Junior you can binge-watch two seasons right now on Fox!