Children take control of Telemundo’s MASTERCHEF LATINO June 9 AT 7 p.m./6 c

Host Gaby Espino and Celebrity Chefs Claudia Sandoval, Ennio Carota and Benito Molina Welcome 30 Kids for a Surprise-filled Episode Where the Contestant’s Culinary Creativity Must Satisfy the Kids’ Appetite

More challenges, emotions and confrontations will arise in Telemundo’s "MasterChef Latino" kitchen when host Gaby Espino and celebrity chefs Claudia Sandoval, Ennio Carota and Benito Molina welcome an adorable group of 30 kids, who will be the guests of honor on June 9 at 7 p.m./6c.

In this exciting episode, contestants will not only face the Mystery Box and an unknown ingredient for most of them, but they will also have to face the most honest and demanding judges of all: children.

With the guidance of Chef Johana Clavel, who specializes in healthy recipes, the contestants take on the difficult task of preparing nutritious sweets, that appear and taste good enough to satisfy the kids’ demanding appetites.

The team that succeeds will be saved from the elimination test.

In this exciting episode, viewers will also witness great news from one of the contestants who will announce her pregnancy before the elimination of one of the following participants:

From Chef Benito Molina's team:

  • JOHN PARDO, the 45-year-old Venezuelan who has made MasterChefhistory for being the first person in a wheelchair to compete on the global culinary franchise.
  • MIRIAM PALOMINO, the adorable and charming 75-year-old Cuban grandma, the oldest and most experienced participant in the competition.
  • DUBRASKA WAWI, the 47-year-old Venezuelan from Houston, Texas with a refined and diverse palate within the culinary arts.
  • DENNIS ESCALANTE, the 57-year-old Mexican from Los Angeles, California who learned to cook alongside his grandmothers and aunts.
  • NANCY ORANTES, the 30-year-old extroverted Salvadoran from Los Angeles, California, who has distinguished herself as a leader in the competition.

From Chef Claudia Sandoval’s team:

  • MARÍA LUISA BALBUENA, the 38-year-old Mexican single mother from Los Angeles, California, who goes in search of her own adventure and dream.
  • NOELIÁN ORTIZ, the 35-year-old charismatic Puerto Rican, from Canóvanas, who trains beauty queens on how to develop self-confidence.
  • KING SAM CHANG, the 26-year-old Venezuelan from Miami, whose dream is to have his own Venezuelan-Asian restaurant.
  • JAVIER SEAÑEZ, the 36-year-old Mexican living in Puerto Rico who wants to show the world that Mexican cuisine does not consist only of tacos.
  • SARA ORDOÑEZ, the Colombian 33-year-old cancer survivor who has become a mentor to help transform other people's lives through food.

From Chef Ennio Carota’s team:

  • AURELIO ROJAS, the 26-year-old Dominican mixologist from the Bronx, New York, who developed a passion for cooking after traveling and discovering other cultures around the world.
  • LAUREN ARBOLEDA, the 28-year-old Colombian author of "Pregnancy from the Heart" and "Food from the Heart" blog, in which she shares delicious healthy recipes and tips for a better life.
  • DAVID NOCHEBUENA, the 52-year-old Mexican from Miami, who is a technology engineer and entrepreneur, considered an insatiable researcher and expert in international cuisine.

"MasterChef Latino" fans can join renowned Chef James Tahhan of Telemundo’s morning program "Un Nuevo Día," who brings the latest information, exclusive behind-the-scenes access and practical cooking tips, as well as delicious recipes at the “MasterChef Latino" School.

Viewers can follow him on and through the official social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV using the hashtag #MCLatinoTV.

“MasterChef Latino” is produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog, creators of “MasterChef,” the number one reality cooking competition in the world.

Telemundo’s version brings together a great diversity of cultures, food and flavors from all over Latin America, where the best amateur/non-professional cooks from around the United States will do everything possible to become a professional chef.

Airs Sundays at 7p.m./6 c.