Winchester girl makes final cut on ‘MasterChef Junior’

In two weeks, viewers will find out whether Winchester’s Abby Major wins $100,000 and the second season of “MasterChef Junior,” or returns home empty-handed.

Episode 5 of the Fox reality cooking show split the six remaining contestants into two teams and saw two more junior chefs eliminated Tuesday night.

Abby, 8, who was named team captain after her stunning performance last week, led her team to cook up Tempura zucchini blossoms and spot prawn ceviche, as well as loup de mer and filet mignon for the chefs, critics and other foodies attending their pop-up restaurant.

“I feel really good because I never cooked for anyone except the three judges and my family,” she said during Tuesday night’s TV appearance. “Now, I can say I’m a professional chef.”

Although her team struggled with overseasoning the ceviche and undercooking the steak, the other team endured far worse problems and was nearly sent home halfway through the episode.

Abby, once thought an underdog out of the original 16 contestants, now sits near the top of the final four chefs and is in prime position to take home the trophy.

The next episode, which airs on Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday, features the four semifinalists cutting salmon filets and preparing their best salmon dishes.

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