Olive Garden Hopes Customers Will Eat an Appetizer Created by a 13-Year-Old

Partners with MasterChef Junior for new menu items

Would you eat a dish designed by a 13-year-old? Olive Garden is hoping so.

The restaurant chain is partnering with Fox's MasterChef Junior to add new items to its menu, with the help of Logan Guleff, the winner of the show's second season. Fox will announce the program on Friday's episode.

The partnership, which kicks off Saturday and runs through Dec. 14, will feature two appetizers created by Guleff and the Olive Garden chef team. Over the next month, Olive Garden will tally which item has been ordered the most and then keep it on the menu for the next year. The winning appetizer will be revealed on the Dec. 18 season finale. 

The two competing dishes are Breadstick Pepperoni Pizza (bread-stick crust topped with smoked mozzarella cheese, giant pepperoni and marinara sauce baked fresh in Olive Garden's pizza oven) and Italian Cheese Stuffed Meatballs (meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses in marinara sauce served with warm, crisp bread-stick crostini).

"I loved hearing all of Logan's recipe ideas and seeing his enthusiasm for the Olive Garden brand," said Jim Nuetzi, executive chef for Olive Garden. "I'm excited for families to try and share the new appetizers together—since they are so appealing to kids and adults alike—and help us decide which will stay on the menu."

The partnership comes after Olive Garden recently ended its 30-year agency relationship with Grey and hired mcgarrybowen.

MasterChef Junior has been a surprising success story for Fox since its premiere four years ago, drawing more viewers than the original version with adult contestants. After airing on Tuesdays for its second and third seasons, the show returned to Fridays for Season 4, which began last week.