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Top Moments from Chopped Junior Champions

Relive the ups and downs of the five-part tournament, and find out which kids earned a place in the finale for a chance to become the Grand Champion and win $25,000 to make their dreams come true.

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Age Is Just a Number

"I'm very nervous for Buck, because he's the youngest," says judge Marcus. "My competitors shouldn't underestimate me," says Buck, confident in his skills, and not worried about being the youngest at all. He presents the judges an appetizer of camel and pine nut meatballs served with earthworm jerky and tomato candy marinara sauce. "Using the worm jerky in marinara sauce was genius," Marc tells him, however, the judges find the meatballs dry.

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Facing the Basket Head On

"These basket ingredients are screaming for a burger," says Aidan, deciding to use the appetizer ingredients of ground camel and baby kale to make stuffed burgers. But in his haste, he forgets to heat a pan, so he ends up deep-frying them. "I love the idea that you do not run away from the basket," Marcus tells him, but Maneet finds the burger dry. Aidan is chopped for it.

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An Expert at Almost Everything

With experience in butchering, Buck expertly breaks down the entree basket's goat leg, which he sautees with the sweet cherry ketchup. He decides to serve it with mashed potatoes, but he can't get them through the food mill. "I'm just going to have to throw them in the blender," he says. Marc finds his meat perfect, but Marcus and Maneet point out the potatoes were undercooked.

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Ingredient Inexperience

"I've never butchered a goat before," says Tavia, but she does her best to cut it into pieces, which she glazes in the sweet cherry ketchup. She also makes mashed potatoes, which she packs onto pieces of the goat, tops with grated cheese and finishes them in the oven like a gratin. "You crushed it," Marcus tells Tavia about her presentation, but Maneet shows Tavia she didn't break down the goat well. Tavia is chopped.

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