PHOENIX (KSAZ) - There's nothing like watching kid chef's whip up an incredible meal, the hit FOX show "Master Chief Junior" premieres this Friday. This season you can watch three Valley children compete in the kitchen.
Like most great discoveries, 12-year-old Vivian Stich found her knack for cooking by accident, just ask her sou chef known as "mom."
"I have a cookie swap thing that I do every year, it's so competitive, we start 6 months in advance trying to beat each other out with new recipes, and a couple years ago she said mom can I enter? I'm like sure go for it, and she won (you're like you'll be in the kids category) and I'm like take it easy on her she's a kid, blew everyone out of the water," said Helene Benigno.
But little did Vivian know, competing against cookie-baking mother's would be a piece of cake compared to the other pre-teens on Master Chief Junior.
"Being on Master Chef Junior was definitely very exciting, it was a great experience, it was stressful though with the time, and cooking your best for the best," said Vivian Stich.
As a straight A student in an advanced school, Vivian says she learned the most important lessons inside the kitchen, like getting along with her fellow contestants.
"We all became extremely close friends, and I feel like when you're with them 24/7 it really bonds you," said Vivian.
These days you can still find the mother-daughter duo cooking up a storm, but their conversation includes a few more characters like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.
"I couldn't believe how buff Gordon was in real life. It doesn't look so much on television; people should know, Gordon is buff!" said Helene.
FOX 10 will speak with the other contestants, Corey and Alexander on Thursday. All three appear on Master Chef Junior, which airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on FOX 10.