Junior chef on next episode

Abby Major

In an episode that opened with the three celebrity judges getting drenched in maple syrup, Winchester junior chef Abby Major delighted judge Gordon Ramsay with a blood orange and jellybean cream pie.

Abby, 8, a contestant on this season of “MasterChef Junior,” is moving onto the third episode of Fox’s competitive cooking show.

The challenge for this week’s episode tasked the 12 remaining contestants with creating a citrus cream pie in one hour.

Approached by Ramsay while working on her pie, Abby told the chef judge that she usually makes pies with her grandmother, though they’re usually not cream pies.

Her competitive streak was on display when Ramsay lingered a bit longer in front of her kitchen station.

“Can you move?” Abby asked him. “I’m trying to concentrate.”

At the end of the hour, Abby presented a blood orange cream pie with apple butter whipped cream and jellybeans garnishing the top.

As strange as the pie looked, Ramsay savored every bite.

“The pie is absolutely delicious,” he said. “It looks amazing, it tastes amazing. Are you sure you don’t have your mom or gram hiding behind your bench there?”

After two contestants were eliminated, 10 junior chefs remain in the running.

“I feel a little weird that there’s only three girls left,” Abby told the cameras near the end. “I think we’re gonna need to take out some boys.”

The next episode airs on Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and features a three-legged cupcake race as well as a visit from Ramsay’s mother as guest judge.

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