‘MasterChef Junior’: It’s Avery, Addison in Finale — Who Will Win?

Gordon Ramsay's cooking competition is about to crown its first girl champion!


Addison Osta Smith, Avery Kyle on 'MasterChef Junior'

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is about to crown its first girl champion!

But will it be baseball-loving Addison Osta Smith or pigtailed bayou firecracker Avery Kyle?

The two nine-year-olds will duke it out on Friday night’s season finale.

So who will end up with the $100,000 grand prize?

THE CASE FOR ADDISON

Addison entered chef Gordon Ramsay‘s kitchen like a baseball bat out of hell, with the dream of combining her love for baking and baseball into a niftily-named small business — “Batter Up Bakery.”

“I can go to the finale and from there I am going to win,” she predicted at the beginning of the season.

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Addison’s sense of drive and determination to win is infectious.  She competed for much of the season while nursing a badly injured finger which was nearly severed in an immersion blender days before filming began.

So it was no surprise when the raspy-voiced forth grader easily won the semi-final soufflé challenge and entered the final elimination test as the young chef to beat.

Addison — from River Forest, Illinois — has been a star in her own kitchen since she was four.  Back then, her family lived in Northern California.

“This is the battle of the girls and I have got to hit a grand slam and win this thing,” she says.

But victory is no guarantee.   Addison narrowly escaped elimination from the contest twice already.

Can her determination, loud personality and a rally cap get her over the finish line?

THE CASE FOR AVERY

“Hurricane Avery” is my type of girl, representing Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an endearing smile and adorable pigtails.

Back home, the fourth grader often hunts gators and prepares them as dinner for her family — so no one was shocked that she won the three judges over with her pork belly dish in the semi-finals.

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“This is one of, if not the most delicious dishes I have tasted in this kitchen,” judge Christina Tosi raved.  “You just raised the bar.”

Avery is a tad unassuming so some might not perceive her as a threat but she has consistently culinary prowess and after Friday night, looks primed to pull off the victory.

“If there is any time to peak, it is now,” judge Graham Elliot reminded her.

Avery is exactly what is needed in any kitchen — a down home girl with down home cooking who is not afraid to get her hands a little dirty.

Yet, she commands respect in her teeny body and it is clear she would show the same for those working under her one day.

“I never thought that this 9 year-old girl from the bayou would actually be in the finale,” she gushes.  “I am ready to take that trophy back home to Louisiana.”

AND THE WINNER WILL BE…

Avery…and Addison.

In this game-changing season with the first female winner — as well as the youngest — I predict the judges will twist it and make both of them winners!

Here’s why:  where Addison may fall short, Avery can pick her up. Together they make the complete chef!

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR airs Fridays at 8:00 PM on Fox.

Mandi Nowitz

Mandi Nowitz

Mandi is a freelance writer who is currently studying for her Masters in Communications. Having always wanted to be a rock star/actress, she was always encouraged to write. Finally, after seeing "Beauty and the Briefcase," Mandi decided to pursue her new career as a writer. Half a decade later, the avid animal/music/car/New Orleans/Disney lover is still passionate about all things writing. You can see her at her blog www.threeicecubes.com or email her at mandinowitz@gmail.com.
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