Mia competes in three episodes of 'MasterChef Junior' before elimination


Menlo Park's Mia Wurster, the 11-year-old Oak Knoll School fifth-grader, competed in three episodes of the Fox TV show, "MasterChef Junior," before she was eliminated after last week's show.

One of 19 contestants for the 2015 season of the show, Mia missed several weeks of school last year during the filming at the "MasterChef" kitchens in Los Angeles. She worked with a tutor during that time.

"It was really fun because I made all these friends and we became like a family so quickly," Mia said before the show was aired. "I didn't want to leave the experience."

Earlier story: Young kitchen whiz competes for MasterChef Junior title.

Show segments can be watched on the Fox website.

Mia has posted several cooking videos on her Facebook page.


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Posted by RW
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on Jan 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm


It was fun watching Mia on the show. Unfortunately, the show focuses in on the kids who end up making it the furthest so we didn't get to see much of Mia. But she seemed light a delightful young lady. I think it's nice on MasterChef Junior how the kids really seem to rally around each other, instead of being super competitive. It's a heartening show to watch.

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Posted by kitchen magician
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Congrats, Mia! Pretty cool, taking a couple weeks and participating in a once in a lifetime event! You probably learned more in those weeks than others will learn in a year - a terrific opportunity.

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Posted by A cook
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on Jan 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Cooking is about love, not competition. I hope Mia can retain her love of cooking outside the reality TV vacuum. (In full disclosure, I have not seen MasterChef Junior so I do not how the children are treated, but knowing how disfunctional the adult versions are, the reality of these "reality" shows is pretty harsh.) Keep on cooking, Mia!

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