I caught a glimpse of Junior Masterchef the other day, and boy did it make me feel old. I remember when I was in primary school and tailing my mother in the kitchen, forever getting in her way, and always wanting to “help out” (although I think that I was more a bother than a help). At that age, I was helping to stir things, and whisk things, never going near a stove or knives.

But the kids on Masterchef? Chopping and whizzing away like there’s no tomorrow! What is this? How can it be that it took me 20 years to get truly comfortable in the kitchen and there are these 8 year olds doing amazing things. Where did all those years go?

It also makes me wonder, though, about my kids (if I have them). How early should they be introduced into the kitchen? How should they be exposed to food? I have this constant nightmare that a glutton like me is going to have a kid who just genuinely doesn’t like food. What then?


This calls for some comfort munchies. Cheese platter ahoy!


  1. Cate September 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

    It happens – my “darlings” are the most food challenged kids out there – and not because they haven’t been exposed to many and varied things.

    My 10 year old can’t do what they do on Junior MasterChef – they are freaks! Or Perhaps budding restauranteurs!?!

  2. Tambourine September 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I wonder why some kids go through a “I don’t like food” stage. Who could not like such a glorious thing??

    I also refuse to believe that the kids on junior masterchef are doing everything all on their own!! /jealous

  3. chocolatesuze September 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    lol watching junior masterchef makes me feel so inadequate!

  4. coolaunt September 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Kids who grew up with good homecooked food will not dislike food at any point. They are more likely to ‘like’ it too much and expects a certain standard.

  5. Ying September 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I highly doubt your kids would not like food.

    Especially when they’ve tasted your’s.

    What you should be worried about should be how to get them to eat food cooked by others. Lol!

    I miss your french rosemary chicken. ):

  6. Tambourine September 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Chocolatesuze: yes those kids are absolute freaks. How in the world do they come up with those recipes?

    Coolaunt: eh that’s different. Home cooked food at your stand is not the usual home cooked food standard. It’s a whole different ball game. And yummy, Om nom nom ball game.

    Ying: haha, thank you for the compliment. Want the recipe? 😉


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