The Top Chef Jr. Kids’ Cooking Fails Will Make You Question Your Own Skills

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At this point, you probably know that we consider Universal Studios Florida our second home. We honestly don’t know what we’d do if we DIDN’T get to be scared sh*tless every October at Halloween Horror Nights, or check out cool new waterparks that mimic volcano-filled islands. Basically, we go waaaaay back with Universal Studios.

So when we recently got invited to a special event to celebrate the launch of Universal Kids (formerly known as Sprout) and a new season of Top Chef Jr., we obviously JUMPED at the opportunity.

Before we knew it, we were on a flight down to Orlando, hanging out in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and wandering around Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios. And that was just to kill time! The main event came when we headed into Vivo Italian Kitchen at Universal CityWalk to get a sneak peek at what’s to come on Top Chef Jr. and actually TASTE some of the contestants’ delicious dishes!

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Although some of the kids who cooked for us are not even teenagers yet, their meals were DEE-LISH! We’re talking shrimp and pulled pork and muscles and shepherd’s pie…like, is this real life?

In addition to stuffing our faces, we also got a chance to chat with four of the young chefs. We all know that they’re incredibly talented, but we all had to start somewhere. That being said, we decided to ask them about their biggest cooking fails.

Kenzie, 12, explained, “I was on Chopped Junior earlier this spring, so we would practice in my house. My mom would go to the grocery store and get all these ingredients and set up challenges for me. One day I had instant grits and this weird purple vegetable thing and tortillas…it was nasty. I tried to make a grits quesadilla and it was an epic fail. It was so gross.”

Shockingly enough, Kenzie’s flop was actually the most extreme of them all, and it wasn’t even THAT bad! 13-year-old Henry pointed out that “some dishes are too salty,” and Fuller, also 13, reflected on a mishap he had with a food processors where he “turned it on and flour went everywhere.”

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Audrey, who has Celiac disease, “was trying to make gluten-free pasta and it just disintegrated in the water.” She said this was her worst cooking moment, but assured us that she has since nailed down the recipe. V casual for a 12-year-old.

Annnnd that’s why these kids are the ~professionals~. We thought we were going to hear horror stories of fires and tears, but instead we got tales of things being slightly salty and mishaps before preparing for intense competitions. BRB as we go figure out how to not burn the house down trying to heat up canned soup in the microwave…

To see if any other cooking fails go down, be sure to tune into Top Chef Jr. on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Universal Kids!