STARKVILLE – Mark Coblentz, 13, of Starkville has once again advanced to the next round of “MasterChef Junior.”
The 13-year-old son of Robbie and Bonnie Coblentz was among 40 junior home cooks between the ages of 8 and 13 who were chosen for season five of the culinary competition.
On Thursday night’s show, two contestants were cut, so Coblentz is now one of 12 young chefs vying for the coveted title. To advance, the Armstrong Middle School student first had to prepare an original, healthy meal from a mystery box of ingredients presented via video from former first lady Michelle Obama. While other contestants then had to prepare a dish to honor their mothers, Coblentz got a “pass” from another contestant who was deemed “safe” from elimination.
“I was glad to get the pass,” Coblentz said. “But if I had had to cook, my mom’s from the Coast, so I would have done a shrimp and steak dish with either corn or cheese grits.”
The 12 finalists will now face various challenges as the season progresses and their ranks will thin until one contestant is named America’s next “MasterChef Junior.” That winner will take home a trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
The next episode of “MasterChef Junior” will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on FOX.