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Top Impressions Chopped Junior Contestants Left on the Judges

As junior contestants chopped, sauteed and mixed their basket ingredients together, the judges observed in awe over their advanced level of skill and technique.
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Ahead of Their Time — Marc Murphy

"The most-impressive thing about seeing these kids in action is their actual skills and the knowledge that they have. I didn't know that kids this age knew this much about food."

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Camera Ready — Raquel Pelzel

"Cooking on camera is so difficult. Cooking with all these people watching you, first of all — all these kids are so composed and polite and organized, and none of them have lost their cool."

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Strength Under Pressure — Jake Smollett

"What impresses me most about the kids is that they're able to work under pressure. It's hard for adults to work under pressure, let alone a kid."

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Calm and Collected — Sandra Lee

"I was really taken aback by how incredible all the young chefs were today. They are accomplished; they are thoughtful, very engaged and focused, not emotional. They don't get ruffled — always calm. And I just think that sometimes they do better than adults do in the kitchen."

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