Junior chef delivers on Ramsay’s favorite dish

And then there were eight.

Abby Major, 8, of Winchester, dazzled the judges on yet another episode of “MasterChef Junior” and survived two more eliminations on the TV show.

The third episode opened with a team mystery box challenge that had teams of two baking a dozen cupcakes while their legs were tied together.

Abby might have had some trouble getting acquainted with the ties and her newly attached teammate, but her chocolate peanut butter cupcakes were praised as nice, moist and delicious by the judges.

The second challenge of the episode asked contestants to cook up one of chef Gordon Ramsay’s favorite childhood dishes, a shepherd’s pie.

After some helpful assistance from her mom via Skype — the majority of kids had never eaten, much less cooked shepherd’s pie before — Abby quickly went to work constructing her plate.

At the end of one hour, Abby presented Ramsay with a shepherd’s pie with beef, lamb and chorizo, a pumpkin and sweet potato puree and truffle butter.

“I love the idea of the beef and the lamb and the chorizo,” Ramsay said, biting into the entree. “If anything, it just needs to be a little bit more seasoned. Apart from that, it’s delicious.”

Abby is now among the top eight competing out of the original 16 contestants.

Next Tuesday’s episode features the young contestants attempting to create a perfect sunny side up egg.

“MasterChef Junior” airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com