masterchef winners alexander weiss christina ha becky reams graham elliot courtney lapresi bri kozior luca manfe Zap2it First: Make 'Masterchef Junior' Alexander Weiss' french macaroonsWhat would you think of a cruise that allowed fans to hone their cooking skills with “Masterchef” champions and fan favorites? That’s what the guests sailing on the inaugural “Masterchef” cruise from Nov. 8 through Nov. 15 are experiencing.
The “Masterchef” talent aboard the cruise, seen above in the Zap2it exclusive picture, includes Junior winner Alexander Weiss, Season 3 winner Christina Ha, fan favorite Becky Reams, judge Graham Elliot, Season 5 winner Courtney Lapresi, fan favorite Bri Kozior and Season 4 winner Luca Manfe.
Cruise guests are not only invited to instructional events and demonstrations, but the “Masterchef” stars will compete in a finale event to see who will be crowned Masterchef Cruise Champion. 
For those feeling left out of the cruise festivities, here is another picture of Elliot posing with a young fan below to brighten your day. 

If the photos aren’t enough to make audiences feel like part of the experience, Weiss also shares his trademark French Macaroon recipe with Zap2it. Grab your sugar, egg whites, mixing bowls and preheat the oven because it’s dessert time! 

French Macaroons
Yield 4
1 c                         Confectioner’s sugar sifted
¼ c                        Almond Flour sifted
½ c                        Ground unsalted pistachio sifted
2 ea                       Egg whites, room temperature
¼ tsp                     Cream of tartar
¼ c                        Sugar
2-3 drops               Green food color
1/8 tsp                   Salt
Macaroon filling
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix sifted powdered sugar almonds and pistachios together. Set aside and beat egg whites until foamy on medium high speed until soft peaks form add cream of tartar and sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. Fold in half the sifted mixture until almost fully combined then fold in the remaining portion with food coloring and salt. Do not over mix. Spoon batter into pastry bag with 1/2″ round tip. On a sheet pan lined with parchment pipe rounds the size of a quarter with space in between each. use a wet fingertip to press down the peak on the  top of the macaroon if needed. Tap the sheet pan of macaroons to release air and let set at room temperature for 30 minutes to develop the “foot” of the macaroon. Place baking trays on the middle rack and bake for 15 to 17 minutes until the tops appear dry. Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Sandwich the filling between two macaroons and serve. 
“Masterchef Junior” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. 
Posted by:Megan Vick