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Since a Pinoy Edition is on its way, I recently sank my teeth into one of the more popular incarnations of the Masterchef series: Junior Masterchef Australia.

I finished season one just now… I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Now I understand all the fuss surrounding this reality show franchise.

The fact that these are just kids I’m watching constantly astonished me. With the level of difficulty and complexity in which they’re cooking, these 8 to 12 year olds held their own and proved that age is just a number; and literally anyone can cook.

Watching these young people cook, I also see how much better they are than adults on certain levels. One, they are able to focus. Compared to the contestants on Top Chef, the cheflings in Junior Masterchef Australia are mostly cool, calm and collected. They rarely get rattled as they cook; and that usually results in fantastic looking dishes that the judges love. Two, there’s a good mix of friendship and healthy competition going on. No one gets caught up in scheming, or comparing themselves to each other. No one blows their top over the littlest things. These kids show us a thing or two about sportsmanship, mutual respect and moral support towards competitors. Their team challenges are a refreshing thing to watch. There’s no bickering. There’s hardly any screaming. The competitors just stick to the task at hand. Three, at the end of the day, it’s all about being there to do what you love. These kids are simply thrilled to be cooking in the Masterchef Kitchen, meeting celebrity chefs and cooking amazing food. They just have fun; and that’s what matters. Getting that far into the competition is a big enough deal, winning the whole thing would just be icing on the cake.

I honestly can’t wait to see what ABS-CBN will offer in the Pinoy Edition. From what I’m seeing, the set looks great and the kids have got plenty of potential… The line up of judges looks good as well.

Here’s a sneak peek… Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition premieres August 27, Saturday, 6:45pm on ABS-CBN.