Alexander Weiss, MasterChef Junior Finalist
PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Gayne/FOX
By Debra Liu
Tonight, the entire nation will see Alexander Weiss, one of the remaining two finalists on MasterChef Junior, compete for the $100,000 prize on the show’s finale, which will air at 8PM on FOX.
Alexander, 13, grew up in New York City and his adventures into cooking started at the early age of 5 when he began baking with his mom. As he got older, he learned how to cook savory dishes with his dad. “After that, I took what my parents taught me how to cook and made my food more elevated and complex. I had also watched the Food Network and cooking shows on TV. I have always been so fascinated by cooking and trying new things,” Alexander says.
Alexander shares with us here at FoodtoEat what inspires him, what his favorites foods and recipes are, and what he hopes for the future:
FoodtoEat: What inspires you to cook?
Alexander Weiss: I’m inspired by the chefs I see cook on tv; such as Gordon Ramsay, Jacques Pepin, Daniel Boulud and by Anthony Bourdain, he doesn’t cook on tv, but his passion for food is inspiring, and of course my parents as well as knowing that I can make fresh tasty food instead of eating what’s in the frozen section of the market.
If you could choose any chef to cook with, who would it be and what would you cook?
Gordon Ramsay is still my number #1 choice. I’ve been trying to perfect his sticky toffee pudding recipe, but can’t quite nail it. I would love to learn the tricks from “the man” himself. I would also love to learn to make classic French dishes such as escargot and fois gras from Daniel Boloud.
What is your favorite recipe?
The next one I’m going to make. I have lots of favorites, but exploring new dishes is really the most fun.
Do you have a favorite type of cuisine to eat? Favorite type of cuisine to cook?
To eat- French & Italian To cook- Italian
What is the most unique and fun dish you’ve ever created?
Vanilla bean roasted chicken and treacle ice cream in an almond tulle cup.
What is the one food you cannot live without, something that you could eat every day and never get sick of?
Do you have a favorite restaurant in NYC? Why?
Jones Wood Foundry. It’s all amazing to me; especially, fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding, fresh crumpets with lemon curd and compound butter, beef and kidney pie, bubble and squeak.
What has been the most memorable part of being on MasterChef Junior?
Meeting all my great new friends and all the knowledge I’m taking with me from the MasterChef Junior kitchen.
What have you learned while being on the show? Any cool, awesome kitchen tricks? Were you nervous in the beginning?
I have learned how to work like a professional chef and how to be more organized, making aioli in a food processor, baking cakes in a bain marie (water bath) and a much better way to hold my knife. I was very nervous because all the other kids really looked like they knew their stuff.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Being the chef/owner of my own NYC restaurant.
Can you cook for our office one day?! Only half joking. It would be amazing to try your food one day!
See Alexander cook to impress tonight on the MasterChef Junior Finale on FOX. We know we’ll be glued to the TV!