By: GABE MARTIN
Michael Lakind has led a passionate life for culinary art since childhood. The freshman, deemed Kid Chef by his peers, has proven his culinary talents in the White House and flooded young audiences with cooking skills to let them share his love for the craft.
Entering a competition to cook for former first lady Michelle Obama in the White House is not what most usually have in mind when they are only 9 years old, but when Lakind’s mother brought the idea to him, he did just that. Winning the competition with his “Super Secret Service Salad” and “Bunny Bisque,” Lakind met and had a meal with Michelle Obama and her husband, U.S. President Barack Obama.
“The whole thing was great,” the freshman says. “It was amazing!”
Having a mother and a grandmother who are both professional cooks, Lakind learned from whom he considers great inspirations of the culinary craft.
“My mom influences me a lot,” Lakind admits. “I’ve spent more time with her since we moved to California. It was always my mom.”
Inspiration for the freshman chef’s hit YouTube show came from somewhere else, though. Lakind took notes from another cooking show, starring Alton Brown, and can be seen following in the footstep of the critically acclaimed show “Good Eats” as he tries to put his own healthy spin on his culinary masterpieces.
“I like to make fresh pasta,” Kid Chef asserts. “I only have two cutters—thick spaghetti and thin spaghetti—and the types are linguine and tagliatelle.”
The “Good Eats” enthusiast goes into depth with his choice meal.
“I make a good sauce,” Lakind announces. “You got your crushed tomatoes, you get a whole yellow onion—caramelize that a little bit, put some garlic, a little bay leaf, and some sugar.”
His ideology of keeping food healthy while tasty is what Kid Chef is known for, and why he loves to expose his craftsmanship to others.
“The kid has an amazing talent,” says CHS senior Jake Barger, a food enthusiast. “It would be awesome to try his food. For a kid so young with that much talent, the food has got to be good.”
Lakind does not plan on studying culinary arts professionally, but enjoys the relaxation and pleasure of cooking his favorite foods as a hobby. Instead, he has taken on a challenging academic schedule and is looking forward to his future years as a Padre at Carmel High School.