Meet Lila from Master Chef Junior #masterchefjunior

Lila, Master Chef JuniorWho or what was your inspiration to start cooking?

Watching Masterchef Junior on TV and my parents.

At what age did you start cooking? What was your initial experience like?

I started cooking when I was 7. I thought it was so fun!

Why did you want to be on MasterChef Junior?

I wanted to learn how to cook from Gordon Ramsay.

What did you most enjoy about being on the show?

I met lots of friends and I became a better chef.

What is it like cooking for Gordon Ramsay? What was the best advice he gave you?

Gordon was very nice and he taught me to always taste your food.

Were there any catastrophes in the kitchen?

No, thank goodness!

Lila from Master Chef JuniorWhat’s is your signature dish?

Baked cod fish with a ritz cracker crumble, sautéed kale and fingerling potatoes.

Where do the ideas for your dishes come from?

Cooking shows and magazines.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to have my own restaurant.

Do you want to someday own your own restaurant and if so, what kind of food would you serve?

My restaurant would be called The 7 Seas, I would serve international seafood dishes from all around the world.

What was the most difficult challenge in the MasterChef Junior kitchen?

Managing my time since I only had an hour to cook!

What chef do you most want to cook with and why?

I want to cook with Duff Goldman and learn how to become a better baker.

Besides cooking, what other things do you like to do?

Dance, act, sing, swim, surf, fish and travel.

How did you feel about watching yourself on TV?

It’s cool to reimagine all the moments.

Would you ever star in your own cooking show?

Yes, in my show, I would be going around the world and learning how to cook traditional food and trying it.