Grayson Price: Texas’ ‘MasterChef Junior’ Season 8 Semi-Finalist Reveals His Toughest Competitors

Season 8 of ‘MasterChef Junior’ will return to television on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX with its semi-final, in which three lucky winners will compete for a spot in the final. Grayson Price, a junior chef from Austin, Texas who has been a star cook since the culinary competition began, is ready to give it his all to earn a spot in the finals.

Grayson, Liya Chu, and A’Dan Lisaula won the elimination challenge in the first episode. He’s been down twice so far. It happened once in Junior Edition: Totally Egg-streme! then again in Junior Edition: Alexander in a Box. Price even set up an online Summer Baking Club during Covid to educate novice bakers on wonderful recipes. According to ‘MasterChef Junior’, Price’s signature dish is seared duck breast with duck fat potatoes, Asian pears and blackberry gastrique.


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After a three-year hiatus, ‘MasterChef Junior’ returns with vigor for its eighth season. Grayson is on the show with the culinary ambition to build a restaurant focused on technique and ingredients, offering French-Japanese fusion cuisine in Los Angeles. In the episode before the semi-finals, he and Ivy Childs, Molly Leighninger and Liya Chu fought for a spot in the semi-finals. The top four chefs were paired with a wrestler from World Wrestling Entertainment for the first tag team challenge. They had an hour to recreate a buffet of appetizers such as chicken curry puffs, lobster rolls and buffalo chicken lollipops.

Chu won both the challenge and a ticket to WWE WrestleMania. During the elimination task, the four participants had to prepare Gordon’s specialty, truffled egg yolk ravioli. After they finished, they had 60 seconds to cook their dinner. Leighninger was eventually ousted from ‘MasterChef Junior’ and the three surviving chefs advanced to the semi-finals. Asked about her competition on the show, Grayson told MEAWW, “Everyone was amazing, however, I would say Ivy and Liya were my toughest competition.”

This season, viewers have seen Grayson succeed and bring his inventiveness to every task. But what was this challenge that he found particularly memorable? “The restaurant takeover challenge was particularly memorable for me – it was so much fun!” he tells us. In this particular challenge, he led the blue team, which included Molly and Liya. They were tasked with serving a crowded house of customers who expected nothing but the best. The young chefs traveled to downtown Los Angeles and then to the Nomad Hotel, where they had a cooking demonstration from Rudy Lopez, the NoMad’s head chef. Grayson seemed to communicate well with his comrades and the blue team was very focused. Grayson’s excellent leadership kept the blue team moving forward at a steady pace. Although the blue team was met with a hiccup when a steak returned from the dining hall, the meal was quickly collected and Grayson and his team won the task at the end of the day. As a result, it’s obvious that the young cook has this particular challenge etched in his memory.

Grayson Award in ‘MasterChef Junior’ (Instagram/masterchefjunior/becomingchefgray)

The young chef is inspired by several great French and Japanese cooks, as well as current chefs like René Redzepi (of the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen), who are trying to push the boundaries of culinary art. He credits his time on “MasterChef Junior” as teaching him “the importance of organization and effective time management when cooking”. Grayson, despite having prepared some of the most spectacular and difficult meals to execute so far in the competition, found solace in a hearty bowl of pasta. Asked about his favorite comfort food, he replied, “When it comes to something savory, I love pasta carbonara as a comfort food. If we’re talking about sweets, nothing beats a hot chocolate chip cookie just out. from the oven.”

A preview of the semi-final

Fox released an exclusive clip ahead of the semi-finals this week. Grayson, Childs and Chu, the three semi-finalists, will now face off to qualify for the “MasterChef Junior” final. Judge Gordon can be seen in the clip talking with Grayson’s family while the young chef sweats it out in the kitchen. Grayson’s father, Brad Price, expresses his pride in what his son has done and finds it “inspiring” as a parent to be part of Grayson’s journey. When Gordon brings up Grayson’s statement about spending time in the kitchen with his dad, Brad says Grayson seemed to learn how to cook right away. When asked about her son’s accomplishment, mum Christina Price expresses how “unreal” it seems that something Grayson has long dreamed of is now coming true. Grayson’s little sister, who can be seen cheering on her big brother from the stands, tells Gordon that she believes in her brother’s ability to be the next “Junior MasterChef”.

So, tune in to Fox on Tuesday, June 14 to see Grayson take on the other semi-finalists for a spot in this year’s “MasterChef Junior” final.