'MasterChef Junior': Gordon Ramsay 'can't be really mean because we're kids!' says contestant
But Ramsay also says that they weren't pulling any punches, either.
"This is a competition searching for some of the best talent in this country. I think pressure is healthy and it's no different to a coaching session ... Of course you vary the level of pressure in accordance with the talent you're working with," says Ramsay.
"I was brutally honest ... the kids welcomed that. ... When it was bad, they got told it was bad. But when it was good, they got told it was good. The most exciting thing about 'MasterChef Junior' was the journey," Ramsay adds. "But honestly, you're going to see some talent that is going to be eye-opening."
Since the talent is so extraordinary, they weren't afraid to put the children into challenges that were just as hard as the adult version of the show.
"The challenges were just as invigorating. The whole team took on a restaurant," says Ramsay. "We had our hearts in our mouth getting a fine dining restaurant to hand over their restaurant for a night. ... The guests of that evening got a chance to meet the chefs and when this array of talent came out of the kitchen, I've never seen customers in such floods of tears because they could not believe eight- to 13-year-olds had just cooked such a phenomenal lunch."
"MasterChef Junior" premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Meet the 24 kid cheftestants here.