Now that the show is out, I can finally talk about it…whew!
I joined a cooking contest early this year called The Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition. I joined the contest because I wanted to learn more about cooking. I also wanted to show both poor and rich kids in this country that if I could cook, they could cook too. The contest started on Feb. 20, 2011. I was one of more than a hundred auditionees in Junior Master Chef. The process started with an online audition. Two days after I submitted my application, a girl named Hanah called me on the telephone. She asked me questions like “what’s your favorite food to cook?” and “do you cook your favorite food everyday?”. I was lucky enough to be invited to audition at Pinoy Big Brother House.
THE PINOY BIG BROTHER HOUSE
I woke up early to prepare Seafood Pasta, which was the dish I was going to bring to the audition. Mom made me do everything , because she wanted me to own the dish, knowing that the judges can easily tell whether I cooked it myself. I cooked the dish twice because mom wanted me to make sure that it was perfect. There are some pasta left on the pan , which became our breakfast. My mom and I packed the pasta in tupperware and then called a taxi on the phone. We waited for 5 minutes for the taxi to arrive. When we arrived at the Pinoy Big Brother House, I saw a lot of kids waiting.
When I arrived at THE PINOY BIG BROTHER HOUSE
IT’S JUDGING TIME
My mom and I waited for 1 to 2 hours before I served the pasta. I felt a little disappointed when we were waiting because I was hungry and bored.
I’m bored and hungry
I was also a little nervous because the judges might not like my pasta.
I saw different kinds of seafood dishes being served, like fish cakes, paella and pastas. The judges were seated on a table with lots of cameras pointing at them (and at me). We stood on a stage with a long table on it. This is where we put the dishes while we were waiting.
The judges’ names were Chef Michel and the Market Man (I did not know his real name). When they were tasting my dish, they asked me how I cooked it. I told them that it was very hard to cook at first , but if mastered, it’s really very easy.
Me beside Ichiro
I met new friends in Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition on the first day. My first, second, third, fourth and fifth friends were Ichiro, Gilbert, Tricia, Emman and Caitlin.
Me, Ichiro, Gilbert, Tricia, Emman and Caitlin
I like talking to them because they’re kind, they’re not trouble makers, they’re not noisy and they’re a little funny. I made around 50 friends. I feel greatful for having friends to talk to when I’m alone.
IT’S COOKING TIME “OHH YEAH”
They gave us our first challenge on the same day. They made us cook pancake from scratch, which I have never done before.
The ingredients I used are:
2 cups flour
1/8 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick of butter
First, in a bowl, I mixed together the eggs, flour, butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Second, I cooked the pancake for 1 minute per side. Third, I put the first pancake on a plate and I put bananas, strawberry and nuts on top. I put another pancake on top , then I added pineapples and maple syrup. When we were finished, the judges tasted our pancakes while we went back to our parents. My mom asked Hanah if we could go home already. Hanah answered “of course, we’ll just call you if we need anything”.
WHAT I FELT AFTER MY FIRST DAY OF AUDITION
After 1 month, I was disappointed because I did not hear from ABS CBN anymore. I thought I was not shortlisted. Suddenly, they called and they asked if they could take a video of me cooking at home. This could only mean that there is still hope that I might still be selected to be a contestant…..I was so happy that I felt like shouting with joy.
Thanks for reading my blog everyone. I’ll write more about the contest in my next blog. BYE!