Star of the show, in my opinion? Joe. Talk about seeing somebody in a whole new light. (Though I'm one of the few who enjoy him on the adult version as well.)
One of the things I was really apprehensive about going in, and it would have made me stop watching, was the prospect of production playing up the kids' disappointment when eliminated, for the heartstrings factor. And I soooo do not need that. I know they're gonna be disappointed, I don't need the show amplifying it in an effort to manipulate us viewers into crying along with them. I know that there's gonna be some of that, it's unavoidable, but I'm glad they seemed to have been trying to minimize the amount of that kind of thing making it to air. Good call, show.
On the same note, I was very impressed by the way all the eliminated kids, even the ones who couldn't help but to cry a little, handled it.
On the other hand, I can already tell that the level of praise for every single dish these kids put forth is gonna get pretty old pretty quickly. And I'm not really sure there's any "solution" to that particular "problem." I mean, it's not like I want to see them lay into any of these kids or anything. I'm glad the feedback is positive. And from what I saw, it was well-earned. Every dish put forward was in fact impressive, given that these are kids. So perhaps I shouldn't even be "complaining" about it. It's just that "Great job!" every single time is gonna get pretty boring.
Cringed a little bit at Gordo's boyfriend/girlfriend talk. Not "offended" per se, it was all perfectly innocent, nothing "creepy" or sexist or anything like that about it as far as I'm concerned. But I felt embarrassed for both kids. As long, long ago as it was, I still remember what it was like being that age, and any kind of boyfriend/girlfriend talk from my parents and other adult family members, as "cute" as I'm sure it was from their perspective, just embarrassed the hell out of me. ESPECIALLY if the girl was present at the time! I'd have been hyperventilating and running for the nearest exit.
The youngest kid, the 8 year old blond boy (Nathan?) was a little too hammy for my taste. Okay, a lot too hammy. He was cute and all. But I don't need more than one hand to count the things that are more annoying than a cute kid who damn well knows it, and is clearly working it. I was sad for him when he was eliminated, but I was kinda happy for myself.