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'Masterchef Junior' fun facts: breakfast & bananas

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Season Seven of "Masterchef Junior" featuring award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay (L) and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi (R) will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez (C) in a special two-hour the season premiere airing Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. on FOX 53. (Photo courtesy: FOX)

PITTSBURGH -- A new season of "Masterchef Junior" premieres March 12 at 8 p.m. on FOX 53 with a two-hour season premiere special.

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges’ panel, giving talented kids ages 8-13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of challenges.

Each week the crew will also feature fun facts here on http://wpgh53.com/ to learn and try at home.

Watch "Masterchef Junior" Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX 53.

Breakfast Fun Facts

Eggs are a perfect food - high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

Gordon Ramsay likes to cook his scrambled eggs in a small sauce pot over low heat with lots of butter and creme fraiche.

The key to poaching a perfect egg is to add a touch of white vinegar to simmering water to help the egg whites coagulate.

A great easy breakfast to make with your kids is french toast - Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in a bowl and dip stale bread slices in the mixture. Cook on a hot griddle with butter and top with your favorite toppings.

Did you know you can eat steak for breakfast? Steak and eggs is a very common breakfast in the US!

Fuel and Nutrition: The basic formula for breakfast: Pair carbs with proteins. The carbs give your body energy to get started and your brain the fuel it needs to take on the day. Protein gives you staying power and helps you feel full until your next meal. (https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast#1)

Breakfast food is a surprisingly recent invention. The concept of breakfast food didn’t exist in the U.S. until the mid to late 1800s. (source: Abigail Carroll, food historian and author of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal)

Banana Fun Facts

Bananas are a great healthy snack that can be eaten any time of the day.

Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin C and B6.

A great mid-afternoon snack for kids is bananas and peanut butter - high in fiber and protein to keep kids full longer.

Bananas taste great cut up in cereal or yogurt.

Cook bananas in a little bit of brown sugar or maple syrup and they make a fantastic topping for french toast, pancakes or waffles.

Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person per year—making it the most heavily consumed fruit in America. (https://www.consumerreports.org/fruits-vegetables/are-bananas-good-for-you/)

**All fun facts are provided by MasterChef Junior Culinary Expert Mary Keledjian, unless otherwise noted.**

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