“Ever since I was little I always enjoyed cooking. When I was eight, I took a year and traveled with my family throughout Europe and South America. Every place I went to I would cook with a local and try to replicate the native dishes. I got really into different cuisines and it just started from there.
I didn’t think I was good enough to make it on Master Chef Junior. It was more of a joke because I always loved to cook and I had an energetic personality. When I was eight, after the trip, my family auditioned for the show Family Game Night whose producers were also the producers of Master Chef Jr. They later called my family and asked me to try out, and when I made it on the show, I started practicing more with family. I went to LA to film for three weeks, and it was the first season so we didn’t really know what we were doing. The first round went from 24 kids to 12, so they were making big eliminations, but I ultimately ended up being top six out of 24 kids.
I love cooking because food unifies people. It helps us connect. You can’t hate food.”
“Whenever I make food, my first thought is to share it with someone else. When you share with others, is when the magic happens.”