AfterChef Junior

AfterChef Junior Podcast

The only unofficial MasterChef Junior after show podcast in existence. (Probably.) Weekly post-episode recaps and discussion with hosts Jenni and Stacey and producer Max, hashing out the wins and losses, coolest outfits, most GIF-able moments, dealing with our own personal youthful failures, and dreaming about who would be our best friend if we were still 12.


Bonus Episode! The March to Cincinnati
After months of publicly daring each other to do it, we’ve booked our tickets and are heading to Cincinnati with press passes in our hands, the WKRP theme song in our hearts and chilli on our minds. As we prepare to storm “Cin City,” we dust off the mics for a pre-tour check-in. MEET-UP ALERT: Will you also be in Cincinnati? Come join us for a drink at Queen City Radio at 8pm on October 6! Everyone is welcome!! Should we have a banner?!...


MasterChef Junior S07E14 & S07E15: Che of Reckoning
The big little three go head to head to head in a predictable yet adorable finale that inspired this belated podcast recap. For the last time this season, experience the hosts of AfterChef Junior discuss kidnapping the children next door, showing off their Southern accents and, once again, using the phrase “Cincinnati’s famous pumpkin chilli” for absolutely no good reason. Thanks for a magical season, friends! If you can hit us up with a cute lil review we’d be over the moon. See you at MasterChef Junior Li...

MasterChef Junior S07E13 Recap: The Golden Child is Calling
It’s the semi-finals of MCJ season 7 and you know what THAT means: the hosts of AfterChef Junior are now deeply invested in both these top six contestants and the imaginary children they’ve agreed to raise in an aggressively pro-cooking environment! This episode, Jenni reveals that she’s mastered the art of food buzzwords, Stacey promises to buy a child a car and Max shakes his head in disappointment over and over again. PLUS an exclusive interview with GOLDEN CHILD Chef Matthew who is full of inspirational...


MasterChef Junior S07E10: The Great Cincinnati Bake-Off
HEY LADIES! It's a new episode of AfterChef Junior and we're talking about feminism and also more about Cincinnati and also starting as many feuds as we can. You know, the basic topics that any good show about children cooking will inspire....

MasterChef Junior S07E08 & S07E09 Recap: Cincinnati or Bust
We can barely focus on anything this episode as we discover that MasterChef Junior LIVE is coming to American cities nowhere near us, but somehow, we power through. In a very special double episode, the experts at AfterChef Junior discuss last meals and the lure of Cincinnati, and worry extensively about whether or not the Kids Bop crew are experiencing a healthy childhood....


MasterChef Junior S07E07: Kids Are Here to Eat, Not to Die!
The threat of murder-by-chicken cast a shadow over what should have been a fun day out at camp, but that sort of traumatic pressure is exactly why we tune into this family friendly show and then provide family friendly commentary to match. Apologies in advance that we’re going to be talking about Gordon’s butt briefly, BUT we also have Chef Evie on the podcast today so hopefully her charms and leadership skills make up for our vulgarity?...

MasterChef Junior S07E05: Buzzer From Above
This episode is the OPPOSITE of a pineapple turkey burger nightmare, oozing with STUNNING accusations of cultish behaviour, BEAUTIFUL descriptions of what it's like to have cake up your nose and ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT confessions that we have never watched any MCJ bonus content. Whether you're from France or Florida, we hope you'll tune in....


MasterChef Junior S07E01-S07E04 Recap: Better Late Than Never?
After technical errors galore and international jetsetting, our trio of intrepid children's-cooking-competition judges are BACK IN ACTION with a whole new slew of bold ideas for show improvement (shaved heads?), conspiracy theories (does Matthew have POWERS?) and upsetting focus on lobster murder....

MasterChef S09E22 & S09E23 Recap: The Scotch Bonnet Challenge
It's our last episode of a tumultuous season and we're celebrating by eating an overdue ice cream cake and 'shipping Aarón and Cesar's mom—you know, like how normal people watch TV. PLUS we make our last minute pitches for spin-offs, learn about Joe's sleep apnea mask and talk about delicious conk....


BONUS EPISODE! Cesar Unleashed: The AfterChef Interview
Producer Max lures MasterChef Season 9 finalist Chef Cesar into the studio for an intimate and interactive conversation that ends with him basically promising to do a pop-up dinner with us. We’re pretty sure that’s legally binding so see you all for tacos sooooon!...

MasterChef S09E20 & MasterChef S09E21 Recap: Gordon Ramsay, Classic Scorpio
The countdown is on to the triple-header finale, and as the anticipation builds, so does the quality of our coverage. We’re asking the tough questions, unlike AfterBuzz TV, our new nemesis: When is Gordon’s birthday? Does he want him to throw him a party? Are we going to get sued for using the Reading Rainbow theme so extensively? Why hasn’t Jenni ever heard the phrase “Where’s the beef”? And most importantly: where is the beef?...

MasterChef S09E18 & S09E19 Recap: Sorry, I’m Not Your Friend
The stakes have NEVER BEEN HIGHER as the remaining six MasterChef contestants are forced to feed rich people in a timely fashion!!! And as the clock ticks down, the questions…tick… up. Did MasterChef build a fake restaurant because they couldn’t afford to book out Providence (two Michelin stars) for the night? Is Bowen our friend? Is that beef heart from a healthy cow? Where can I get a set of those dishes that have all the MC contestants faces on them? (Follow up question: are they available at Williams So...


MasterChef S09E16 & S09E17 Recap: The Emily Tapes
Jenni comes face to face with her greatest nemesis to find out the truth about the great cake snafu, and Stacey hatches a plan to become Canada's next MasterChef and finally win her co-hosts respect....

MasterChef S09E14 & S09E15 Recap: #TheSword
Stacey wasn't here for this episode so she's not even sure what to write here because she's a daredevil who's going to upload it without even listening first. She's assuming it's just about how much co-hosts Jenni and Max missed her? Or probably something about whatever drama transpired on the show this week... something BIG went down but Stacey also hasn't watched it yet. MYSTERIES ABOUND!...

MasterChef S09E13 Recap: Fillet O Fish
Thousands of dollars of fish are wasted in a double-elimination episode. IT'S MUST-SEE TV and your AfterChef hosts Jenni, Stacey and Max are here to dissect every last detail and mourn that they never got to find out where SJ shops for his awesome shirts....


MasterChef S0E12 Recap: Joey Clams on Broadway
What an episode! Listener Bill Chandler finally exerts his authority over us, rendering Producer Max powerless as we discuss gendered honorifics and start plotting out "Joey Clams: The Musical."...

MasterChef S09E10 Recap: Soufflé All Day
This episode of AfterChef, the universe’s top MasterChef after show podcast, features some very special guests: Youtube sensation JJ McCullough joins us as a substitute host, and Chef Mark checks in to reveal cracks in this reality show’s facade with little to no prompting. Gum and nuts may not go together, but this podcast and your ear holes sure do....


MasterChef S09E09 Recap: Fugue State
We may spend a lot of time talking about slaughtering chickens but ultimately, this may be our most family-friendly episode of AfterChef to date, featuring an exclusive reading of Jenni’s new children’s book, which (spoiler) alarmed her husband so much he couldn't sleep. PLUS Max interviews Chef Sam....

MasterChef S09E08 Recap: Mash for my Giraffe
Love is in the air on this week’s episode of MasterChef USA as Chef Gordon Ramsay fake officiates a fake wedding, but there are big emotional reveals happening at AfterChef HQ, too as Jenni announces her new children’s book franchise, Max comes to terms with the “nude lip” look and Stacey refuses to stop singing....

MasterChef S09E07 Recap: When Jenni Met Juni
There's a lot going on in this episode of AfterChef Junior, and the LEAST of our problems is recapping this week's NUTTY edition of MasterChef. We're debating the best way to cook a snail and trying not to have our feelings hurt that Jenni would obviously rather talk with Juni than her co-hosts... it's a full plate....


MasterChef S09E06 Recap: Happy Lunchtime
Things start to get TOO ADULT TO HANDLE in the MasterChef kitchen with the insults and braids flying fast. Join the hosts of AfterChef Junior—the universe's most effective MasterChef recap podcast—as they discuss donut disses, the amount of money we would pay to never go on a brewery tour again, and the poetic value of the phrase "soggy like diaper."...

MasterChef S09E05: Crab Slap
If you're allergic to crab like Shanika, take note: it's a shellfish heavy episode of AfterChef as we discuss whether or not crustaceans have faces, get JACKED UP in Adreneline Corner and pitch the newest Marvel Universe film with a certain time-crunched bus driver in the leading role....

MasterChef S09E03 & S09E04: Spice Up Your Life!
We may not have the "original spice boy" on our show but we still have plenty to offer as we recap the latest double episode of MasterChef: fashion tips for Aaron, speculation on Farhan's REAL identity and a brand new theme song for our segment about barfing! Put it in your ear holes and twirl like you're Alecia: this is where the magic REALLY happens....


MasterChef S09E01 & S09E02: Clam Scientist
We’re BACK in your ear holes and reporting on MasterChef: Real Adult Edition for the very first time in HISTORY. But while the contestants may be older and wiser, rest assured the hosts of AfterChef are very much are not. Join us for for an exciting new season of exclusive coverage of all things MCJ: how to squat on domain names to get Gordon’s attention, the value of human teeth (dollar-wise), kitchen hookups and whether or not “chocolate doctor” is is an appropriate title to put on your resume....

MasterChef Junior S06E14 & S06E15: And the Winner Is...?
AfterChef Junior is proud to be the first to offer you the breaking news that somebody definitely won this season of MasterChef Junior, probably we think. After viewing a version of the finale that didn’t “technically” have an “ending,” the ACJ gang brew up a pot of coffee and champagne and sit down to speculate wildly about the winner, make plans to infiltrate the next casting call and make an exciting announcement about their own podcasting future....

MasterChef Junior S06E13: Having Nun of It
Tune in for the most compelling commentary on children cooking fish the internet has to offer. While Gordon Ramsay was busy cos-playing as Mrs. Doubtfire, here at the AfterChef Junior World Headquarters, we had more important things to do. Specifically: sharing our favourite sardine-related memories, planning a bonding retreat for the MCJ judges, hashing out the exact requirements for becoming a nun and most importantly (pop those collars!) talking to “Golden Apron” Mikey....


MasterChef Junior S06E12: Sister Sister (w/ Alicia Tobin!)
It’s a very special episode of AfterChef Junior but WHEN ISN’T IT? Our justification this time around: we’ve got hilarious comedian/podcaster/nutrition-master Alicia Tobin joining us on the mics. Join this quartet of MCJ obsessives as we discuss the possibilities of a Duggar-family spin-off show, describe our favourite wisdom-tooth-themed internet videos, cry over the lack of Chef Ian Marcel at the pop-up restaurant, and argue for the 11th time about how to pronounce “macaron.” PLUS our exclusive interview ...

MasterChef Junior S06E11: Can It
A golden apron, an avalanche of chocolate and a montage of children opening cans: this is why we got into this business. Join the AfterChef Junior team as we recap the latest MasterChef Junior episode and make big plans to install a 36-year-old man into the MCJ kitchen next season....

MasterChef Junior S06E10: All Cobs Go to Heaven
Though there was a double episode on last night, we’re breaking up the AfterChef Junior magic into two separate episodes because, as we’ve discovered, our frail old bodies can’t handle cramming that much MCJ magic into an hour. That hasn’t stopped us from fantasizing about being mean girls to Max at MasterChef Camp, questioning the physical makeup of an egg or being introduced to the complicated culinary heaven/hell dichotomy. Also, kids cook things on TV and we discuss it in excrutiating detail....


MasterChef Junior S06E08 & S06E09: Between the Scales
A double episode of MasterChef Junior is a bittersweet thing: we get twice as much of the show we love, but that means it’s going to be over one week sooner. Ease the pain with a listen to our recap of episodes 08 and 09 in one sweet package, as we grapple with the idea of a hotel stay interrupted by Joey Clams, pitch Fox on a thrilling new law drama, and fantasize about one day processing the skills to properly peel an egg....

MasterChef Junior S0607: Waterboarded by Frosting
In this week’s episode of the universe’s most important MasterChef Junior after show, Stacey and Max finally give a name to their Christina obsession, Jenny launches her latest bow conspiracy theory and we get the Mikey Blue-Eyes starring moment we’ve been craving. PLUS this week’s interviewee, Emily, reveals some unbelievable behind-the-scenes gossip!...

MasterChef Junior S06E06: Joey Clams
Joe Bastianich's true identity is revealed and we share an intimate conversation with a season 5 fan favourite on a brand new episode of AfterChef Junior that restores the good name of the people of Scotland (thankfully). PLUS: Max debuts an exciting new podcast-within-a-podcast that teaches Jenni and Stacey how sound works! THRILLS! SPILLS! CHILLS!...


MasterChef Junior S06E05: Gracie, We Hardly Knew Ye
On this week's episode of MasterChef Junior, junior chefs push the limits of how many bows are possible to wear on one head of hair and a bunch of wedding guests are pummelled with raw lamb. Over at AfterChef HQ, Jenni, Stacey and Max complain a lot but then also get to talk to Junior Chef Maria so it's a real emotional roller coaster....

MasterChef Junior S06E04: Milkshake-Induced Claustrophobia
A man almost drowns in a milkshake in this episode of MasterChef Junior but that is not even the most exciting thing that happens in this recap episode where we actually talk to Camson on the telephone and SOLVE THE BIG CASE about who the secret return junior chef is. PLUS Stacey is outted as a fork-biter and the girls teach Max a valuable lesson about feminism (WHAT ELSE IS NEW?)...

MasterChef Junior S06E03: Of Bows and Baes
The AfterChef crew returns way too late to dissect hair-accessory-fuelled conspiracy theories, the sensual allure of Salt Bae and beautiful, buttery bases....


MasterChef Junior S06E01 & S06E02: Doing it for the Money
MasterChef Junior is BACK which means the AfterChef Junior gang is, too, whether we want to be or not! On this week's very special, very gendered double episode, we meet the new generation of junior chefs and contemplate what lil' cooks mean to a divided post-Trump America. Plus: Jenni and Stacey lay it all on the line for this year's fantasy draft teams and Max really takes the Scottish education system to task....

MasterChef Junior S05E14 & S05E15: Hungry Like The Wolfgang
We were shocked to discover tonight's episode was a double-header...and the last time we would get to laugh, love and learn with Shayne the Train, sweet Adam, Justise the American Dream, and child saint Jasmine. We didn't have time to prepare! To mourn! But, ever the professionals, we soldiered our way through the shock to produce double-ep of our own, which involves the introduction of Jasmine's Theme, wild speculation about Martha Stewart's beauty routine and some serious apologies to the MasterChef Juni...

MasterChef Junior S05E13: Diamonds of the Sea
It's episode 13 and you know what that means: all of America's finest magazine interns congregate on the beach for some reason to put six young home chefs to the test! Were we invited? NO. But that's fine. We don't need your pity, Fox Broadcasting Corporation, because we are REAL JOURNALISTS....


MasterChef Junior S05E12: Børk Børk Børk
We know we're the earth's top unofficial MasterChef Junior podcast, but somehow we managed to nab an interview with the very OFFICIAL MasterChef Junior SET DECORATOR and we are still REELING. That's right: the woman who manages the MCJ pantry, gingerbread houses and kid blasters joins us for an interview that Jenni and Max were just too nervous to participate in. Also in this episode: a hot new Swedish Chef-themed trivia segment that presumably will repeat for years to come. JOIN US!...

MasterChef Junior S05E11: TWINSANITY
It's a family affair on today's episode of MasterChef Junior, and we are so excited to meet the junior chefs' loved ones that we break our recording equipment. But can you blame us? This show has it all: surprise identical twins, the sincere use of the phrase "sugar blasting," a brand new trivia segment, and some more excellent reality TV pitches that could be the property of Fox's if they would just come to their senses and let us host a proper after show on their network....

MasterChef Junior S05E10: Happy Holidays
We know the Christmas season can be a whirlwind, so we appreciate the time you're taking to listen to this podcast. It may not have Celebrity Chef Richard Blais guest-starring this week, but there's still plenty of holiday cheer to be found as we reminisce about when gingerbreadmen were MEN, stay vigilant about Evan Pant Watch 2017 and give props to the prop department....


MasterChef Junior S05E09: Blaisian Connection
In a totally unexpected turn of the events, celebrity chef and MasterChef Junior guest judge Richard Blais joins us in the show to chat about his time in the MCJ kitchen, his DJ career and his arch-enemy, Producer Max. PLUS "Doctor Michael" joins us to share medical wisdom, we turn to crowd-funding to get ourselves on the show, and I guess some children cooked at some point. BLAIS ON!!!!...

MasterChef Junior S05E08: Wildcard!
This might be the most amazing episode of MasterChef Junior in history. Not only did six lil' home cooks get a second chance, but they inspired not one but TWO fresh new segments here on ACJ. (Trigger warning: One of them is all about Richard Blais.) PLUS we read some juicy details from Max's diary, develop some excellent theories about Eddie's current whereabouts, and learn some fun Scottish slang....

MasterChef Junior S05E07: Blais of Glory
Though the kids are wielding blowtorches, it's guest judge RICHARD BLAIS/BLAZE that has the AfterChef crew fired up. That doesn't stop us from asking the tough questions, though: How many nicknames is one child really allowed to have? Why do the people of Poland love this show so dearly? Is Stacey's impersonation of Jenni a hate crime? Will our new "Evan's Colourful Pants!" segment ever get its own theme song? Tune in, subscribe, never surrender, etc....


MasterChef Junior S05E06: Just Gorgeous
As Gordon and Christina are welcoming America's top moms into the kitchen, we had a few other projects on the go: Introducing "Evan's Theme," arguing for 20 minutes about whether or not Max is a feminist ally, calling out the haters, and keeping a close eye on MERCH WATCH, all while enjoying a balanced meal of parmesan quinoa and smoothies....

MasterChef Junior S05E05: 500 Days of Gnocchi
In the first team challenge of the season, the kids touch both our hearts (metaphorically) and each cut of filet mignon they insist on feeding to American heroes (literally). Having no such responsibility, the AfterChef crew works on other important projects: admiring Shane's slam poetry, practicing what to say during an interview to be the next MCJ judge, and questioning whether anything in life is really fair....

MasterChef Junior S05E04: Wiener Takes All
It's hard to record an episode of your MasterChef Junior aftershow podcast when you're consumed with the various stages of grief from losing your favourite contestant, but we are professionals. So we set up the mics to answer the tough questions, even in our despair: Is Shane the Train secretly a slam poet? Would Evan and Justise consider adopting us? Did AFJ co-hosts Jenni and Stacey ruin Producer Max's relationship with his brother by prank calling him in the middle of the show? It's time to tune in to A...


MasterChef Junior S05E03: A Great Spirit Deserves Mimosas
Every episode of AfterChef Junior is a learning opportunity, and this one is no exception. As we recap MasterChef Junior Episode 3, "Just Like Gordon," we don't just accumulate hot tips about how to score a sea bass—we also discover how many states there actually are, which of the ACJ hosts secretly share a body, and why America can only handle 15 seconds of Irresistible Eddie at a time....

MasterChef Junior S05E02: Stir It Up!™
The second episode of MasterChef Junior Season 5 brings us another parade of children to judge and envy, and we could not be happier. It's the first time we meet "Shane the Train" and the irresistible Eddie, but it's also the first time we attempt give cooking tips of our own and (spoiler alert) it does not go very well....

MasterChef Junior S05E01: Christina Tosi, Time Traveller
We are BACK! It's Season 2 of everyone's favourite (and the internet's only) MasterChef Junior superfan aftershow, and we are definitely not experiencing any sort of sophomore slump. If anything, the AfterChef Junior team is more fired up than ever before, and asking the hard-hitting questions that made us such a hit with contestants and contestants' parents alike last year. How many times did Max make us re-start? How often did Stacey insist on bringing race into the conversation? How long did it take Jen...


MasterChef Junior S04E12: Afterchef Finale
It's the MasterChef Junior season 4 finale, and as super fans and your ultimate source of MasterChef Junior news, we naturally are posting our reactions a record-fast four days later. We cover those last lingering questions from the season— Have we been sounding creepy this whole time? Has our production team arranged for US to be doused with lemonade? Do we even HAVE a production team?—and end off the show in style. Ooh, and we interview Chef Adam, too! This day was too great for us to handle....

MasterChef Junior S04E11: The One Where We Interview Chef Ian (!)
Of course we're recapping the latest episode of MasterChef Junior, S04E11 "Head of the Class," but it's very hard to concentrate because WE JUST INTERVIEWED CHEF IAN. Is this even real life?! Also on the docket for discussion: Who are our tiny style icons, and why does no one care what Stacey thinks about anything? How have we managed to learn nothing about cooking in 11 weeks of watching these baby geniuses? Will the image of the severed heads of the contestants' parents served on a platter haunt our drea...

MasterChef Junior S04E10: Welcome to the Ramsaydome
Like a bare fist full of raw venison meat, MasterChef Junior S04E10, "A Gordon Ramsay Dinner Party," is a harsh dose of reality. As the last six contestants face off to serve Gordon's suspiciously good-looking bffs at his obscenely beautiful LA home, we're asking the tough questions: Is Gordon Ramsay trying to sell his house? Why does Jenni keep trying to body-shame Britan's most beloved chef? Exactly how many deer has little Chef Avery murdered in her short but productive life? And can we please see G.R.'s...


MasterChef Junior S04E08 and E09: Corey's Oven Was an Inside Job
We were as surprised as anyone to discover Friday was a double episode of MasterChef Junior("Hatching a Plan" and "Tag Team Time")but we handled the shock like professionals: by recording a double episode of our own and daring Fox to sue us. As usual, we're discussing all the pressing issues facing the MasterChef Juniorverse with the gravity they deserve. Is Graham Elliot quitting because wearing that chicken suit was the last straw in a series of escalating humiliations? Why has no one but Stacey ever hea...

MasterChef Junior S04E06 and S04E07: VIP Grannies
It's a double episode! We're covering S04E06 ("When Life Gives You Lemons") and S04E07 ("Blind Ambition") of MasterChef Junior in this jam-packed edition of AFJ. Our dedicated hosts are dreaming big this week, discussing MasterChef Junior-inspired tattoos, casting a fantasy talk show and designing license plates for the great state of Pennsylvania. PLUS, we pour one out for our beloved Chef Ian (emotionally)....

MasterChef Junior S04E05: Cheesesteaks and Pleasure
This week's episode tackles MasterChef Junior S04E05, "Happy Birthday," and we get to the bottom of the BIG QUESTIONS. Whose birthday party is this, exactly? Has Gordon Ramsay just concocted this whole show as a secret dating service for his children? Why hasn't Philadelphia added the phrase "Cheesesteaks and Pleasure" to its license plates yet? PLUS: an excruciatingly long spelling bee!...


MasterChef Junior S04E04: The Saddest Day of Our Liiiiiives
Up for discussion this week: MasterChef Junior S04E04, "The Good The Bad and the Smelly." It's a dark day at AfterChef Junior HQ, as we say goodbye to a beloved competitor and try to laugh through the tears. Dip is involved. Talking points: Hat Watch 2015, coping with MasterChef Junior-related grief, being stinky but sophisticated, selling out to Big Guac....

MasterChef Junior S04E03: Season Your Vegetables!
"One Small Step" S04E03. This week, Max is distraught over the loss of Kyndall, Jenni is convinced that Vivian was swapped out for a dopple-ganger and Stacey gives props to Derek for his positive attitude. Also, Tae-ho continues to refuse to respond to rumours that he is an grown-man....

MasterChef Junior S04E02: Not a Springs Kind of Episode
On the docket: "A Sweet Surprise," S04E02. This week, the AfterChef Junior gang attempts to get to the bottom of some burning questions as we recap episode two of MasterChef Junior: What did Chef Logan do with all his winning money? Which judge would you prefer to have adopt you? Why have we never seen Tae-Ho's birth certificate? Have we been catfished by a child chef's twitter account?...


MasterChef Junior S04E01: The Screams That Will Haunt Us Forever
The premiere of MasterChef Junior drops and SO DO OUR JAWS as the first tiny contestants are eliminated and surprising front runners emerge. Discussion topics: getting slimed, reacting appropriately to marshmallow cannons, Lord of the Flies cooking challenges, fire safety for children, the life-saving properties of candy....

MasterChef Junior S04E0: Pre-Premiere, Ultra-Fancy Fantasy Draft
We kick off AfterChef Junior, the web's only (probably) unofficial MasterChef Junior aftershow, before America's favourite junior home cooking competition itself even starts to make a fantasy draft with this season's contestants. Hosted by Jenni Elliott, Stacey McLachlan, and Max Mitchell. Talking points: Making things "fancy", Natalie Portman's life achievements, infiltrating the MasterChef kitchen in a Never Been Kissed-type situation, children making pug noises. Disclaimer: We judge these children beca...