40 junior chefs are competing for a spot in the Top 24. The kids are divided into boys and girls, 20 of each, and 12 of each will move on. The girls compete first and must cook a medium-rare filet mignon and a side dish in 25 minutes. The first eight to advance are Ariana, Zia, Sophia, Avery, Emily, Beni, Gracie, and Remy. After four other girls are eliminated, the remaining eight must cook their signature dish in one hour to try to earn a spot. The final four aprons are given to Mackenzie, Lindsay, Olivia, and Maria.
The remaining 20 boys compete for the final 12 spots in the Top 24, and they must cook a chicken breast and a side dish in 25 minutes. The first eight to advance are Sammy, Juelz, Grayson, Camson, Henry, Cade, Mikey, and Pierce. After four other boys are eliminated, the remaining eight must cook their signature dish in one hour to try to earn a spot. The final four aprons are given to Anthony, Quani, Evan, and Ben.
Mystery Box Challenge The contestants are given 26 ingredients each with letters starting from A to Z to cook their dish with. The top three dishes belong to Remy, Beni and Henry. Remy wins this challenge and is immune for the next challenge.
Challenge Winner/Immune: Remy Bond
Elimination Challenge: The remaining kids have one hour to make a fruit tart with their own choice of fruit and pastry cream flavor. Avery, Ben, Juelz, Lindsay, Quani, and Zia fail to impress the judges.
Bottom six: Avery Meadows, Ben Watkins, Juelz Bugg, Lindsay Hayes, Quani Fields, Zia Nelson
Avery and Lindsay are the first two to be saved, and then Quani and Ben are saved, sending Juelz and Zia home.
Team Challenge: The kids draw straws to determine who will compete in the challenge. Anthony, Ben, Evan, Gracie, Olivia, Pierce, Henry, Quani, and Sammy draw colored straws and must compete. Ben, Quani, and Sammy form the red team; Evan, Gracie, and Pierce form the blue team; while Henry, Olivia, and Anthony form the yellow team. Each team has ten minutes to make as many perfect milkshakes as possible. The losing team has to compete in the next challenge. The yellow team has the most perfect milkshakes and the blue team makes enough milkshakes to save themselves. The yellow and blue teams get to dump whipped cream on Joe in a giant glass of milkshake.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Anthony Martino, Henry Hummeldorf, Olivia Bond
Elimination Challenge: The red team and the rest of the kids have 45 minutes to make their own take on a chicken and waffles dish. Ariana and Cade win this challenge, making them team captains in the next team challenge. Quani, Grayson, Lindsay, and Ben have the worst dishes.
Winner: Ariana Feygin and Cade Ortego
Bottom four: Ben Watkins, Grayson Boudreaux, Lindsay Hayes, Quani Fields.
The judges save Ben and Quani, sending Grayson and Lindsay home.
Eliminated: Grayson Boudreaux and Lindsay Hayes
"Recipe for Love"
March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Team Challenge: The kids are split into two teams with Cade and Ariana as team captains. Cade leads the Red Team with Avery, Ben, Camson, Evan, Gracie, Henry, Quani, Sammy, and Sophia while Ariana leads the Blue Team with Anthony, Beni, Emily, Mackenzie, Maria, Mikey, Olivia, Pierce, and Remy. They are taken to a farm location where they must cook lunch for a wedding with 75 guests. They will have one hour to prep and cook their halibut and rack of lamb dish. The judges will choose the winning team back in the Masterchef kitchen. The Blue Team wins and gets immunity. Ben, Cade, and Gracie are deemed the worst performers on their team.
Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Anthony Martino, Ariana Feygin, Beni Cwiakala, Emily Chavez, Mackenzie Patten, Maria Dakis, Mikey DiTomasso, Olivia Bond, Pierce Cleaveland, Remy Bond
Bottom three: Ben Watkins, Cade Ortego, Gracie Howard