Darien\u2019s Ivy Childs was one of three young chefs on FOX\u2019s \u201cMasterChef Junior\u201d semi-finals Tuesday, but her time on the show came to an end when she was eliminated just before the finale. Childs and the other contestants were reunited with their families during the semi-final round, where they were asked to make three plates for each judge that reminded them of home or speaks to their family. \u201cBeing in the semi-finals was nerve wracking,\u201d she told Hearst CT Media Group. \u201cI was more nervous than I was before because of the large crowd, making more dishes than usual and there was more at stake.\u201d Combining her love of French cooking, her dad\u2019s preparation of asparagus and her grandfather\u2019s appetite for fish, Childs served halibut with celery root puree, asparagus, champagne beurre blanc and caviar. During the episode, Childs\u00a0repeatedly expressed how nervous she was about the time and crowd, and Childs ran out of time before she could polish off her dish. Looking back, Childs said if she could have added something to the dish, it would have been chive oil. \u201cWhen the judges were critiquing it, they said it needed a chive oil and I wish I had a couple more minutes to finish that,\u201d she said. While she ended up being eliminated before the finals, she did make history during her time on the show. \u201cWe never had a second grader get this far in the competition,\u201d chef and judge Gordon Ramsey said in the episode. When Childs was eliminated, Ramsey said if she would have made it to the finals had she fully cooked the halibut served to one of the judges. The FOX show gives kids between ages 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary skills and passion for food through a series of challenges. Ramsay, chef Aar\u00f3n S\u00e1nchez and wellness advocate Daphne Oz serve as judges and mentors. The show was filmed when Ivy was 8 years old and in the second grade. A fan of the show before competing, Childs said she enjoyed meeting new people and cooking new dishes during her stint on the show. \u201cMy favorite dish that I made all season was during the second episode \u2014 the pressure challenge,\u201d she said. In this episode, the young chefs had to recreate Gordon\u2019s dish that had salmon, cauliflower couscous and vegetables. Childs said this dish was the first the judges liked, and she \u201cgained confidence\u201d in her skills to carry on throughout the rest of the competition. While Childs was among the last to be eliminated this season, she has seen many of her fellow chefs depart. Whenever someone got eliminated, the judges would always say something inspirational to them. After hearing these inspirational words, Childs said she uses what they said to her not only when she\u2019s cooking, but for everyday life. \u201cEven though they weren\u2019t talking to me, I listened and took away from it,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen I got eliminated they said to never stop cooking because even though you might have not won, you should still be proud of yourself for coming this far.\u201d The MasterChef Junior finale airs Thursday, June 23 on FOX.