MasterChef Junior pits the country's top chefs between the ages of 8 and 13 in weekly challenges, like a mystery box challenge, the messy merengue challenge and a sushi tag team. Dishes are critiqued by Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliott and restauranteur Joe Bastianich. At the end of the series, one MasterChef will take home a trophy and a check for $100,000.
Chef Ayla got her start taking classes through ABC Chefs Cooking Academy, a program owned by her mother, Faronda Davis, which provides cooking and nutrition classes to area preschools.
"When I was 6, the kids at my mom's kid's cooking school inspired me," Chef Ayla said. "Kids would come in and prepare dishes that I did not think kids could make."
Davis also owns Honey Kids Kitchen, located inside Chesterfield Mall. Honey Kids Kitchen offers classes, birthday parties and a "Makery," where customers can create their own custom chocolate bars.
Getting kids into the kitchen is a great way to get kids to try new flavors, Chef Ayla said.
"It's almost like a science experiment," said Chef Ayla. "You try it out, you make a mess, and you end up with a beautiful dish."
If Chef Ayla's kitchen wizardry inspires your kids to sharpen their culinary skills, learn more about Honey Kids Kitchen and other great spots for young chefs in our Best Bets for Cooking with Kids.
"I hope kids learn that no challenge is too big or small," Chef Ayla said. "Don't let anything get in your way in cooking. Just have fun with it."
Follow Chef Ayla on Twitter at @ChefAyla for the latest updates and catch MasterChef Junior Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on FOX.
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