Meet Sutter’s Very Own MasterChef

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Wadhwani with Gordon RamseySutter's own Masterchef Adam WadhwaniDuring a one of the cooking competitions

Adam Wadhwani, an eighth grader at Sutter Middle, is currently a contestant on the 5th season of MasterChef Junior. MasterChef Junior is a culinary competition series featuring home cooks between the ages of 8 and 13. The show premiered on February 9. Adam has currently made it to the top 20 contestants by winning his challenges. 

We sat down with Adam to ask him a few questions about his experience and his love of food. 

When did you start cooking?

In 5th Grade, my family moved to Copenhagen, Denmark during my dad’s sabbatical. There was a grocery store down the street and I watched YouTube videos to learn how to cook. A video from first season of MasterChef was actually one of the first things I watched. 

What’s your favorite type of cuisine? 

Molecular gastronomy.

What sort of food can you make using molecular gastronomy?

My first experiment was baking a Molten Lava Cake. I really enjoy making liquid spheres which are encased with a film. 

Do you cook at home for your family and friends?

I cook 2-3 times a week. I cook more often when I am not in school or busy with other activities.

Do you see becoming a chef as a possible career path?

I see myself going into engineering or mathematics, but I’d like to open a test kitchen where I can show the science behind my dishes. 

The one question everyone wants to know – what was Gordon Ramsay like?

Off the production set, he was very engaging with all of us kids. He was helpful during the filming and his critiques were very honest. 

What did you learn from Chef Ramsey?

I learned so much. He helped me improve my technique. 

So, how is it watching yourself on television?

The show was taped last April and May* so I feel I look totally different now. The video editing also make the cooking segments much faster than they happened in real life. 

What is your favorite Sacramento restaurant? 

We don’t eat out too eat often, but I really enjoy Thai food downtown. 

My dad once took me to The Kitchen, and I was really impressed with the quality of food and ingredients. 

Make sure to tune into MasterChef Junior at 8 p.m. on FOX and support Adam by liking his Facebook fan page

*Editor’s note: Mrs. Tahara-Martin and her staff graciously worked with Adam’s parents so that he was able to keep up on his classes remotely while taping the show.