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Teenage chef wows New York foodies

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Attention foodies, there is a new chef on the scene. He isn't old enough to drive, but his culinary concoctions will take your taste buds on a delectable ride. Flynn McGarry, 15, began experimenting in the kitchen at a very young age.

"I started cooking when I was 10 years old. I weirdly got into it because my mom really didn't like to cook," he says. "And when she did, I didn't really like it, so I decided oh I can do this."

Flynn spent much of his time reading cookbooks and watching instructional videos on the internet.

At the age of 11, this self-taught chef began hosting a supper club, called Eureka, out of his family's home. Pretty soon word of Flynn's culinary skills began to spread and so did his wings. Eureka moved to a larger location in Beverly Hills, and the L.A. foodies were lining up for a taste of his progressive American cuisine.

"It's just a really interesting way to be creative while still working and having the skills to execute your ideas," he says.

A New York Times magazine article featuring the freckled-faced teenager caught the eye of New Yorker Carla Ruben who invited Flynn to her catering space, Creative Edge Parties.

"We're super excited because we've done several of them before, but never with someone this young and this talented," Ruben says.

For two sold-out evenings in the West Village, folks spent $150 for Flynn's eight-course tasting menu. Flynn tantalized palates with blooming artichokes and herbs, grilled scallops with champagne fermented turnips, and duck roulade with a cocoa butter, dill, and apple puree.

Flynn is even impressing chefs that have been in this business for over 20 years, including head chef Rob Garceau.

"It's been amazing to see a 15-year-old to just rock the kitchen out and really take ownership of this event, this is his event and I'm supporting him," the chef says. "He's been a true trooper and a culinarian to see someone do this is amazing."

Flynn plans to finish high school, move to New York City, and open up his very own restaurant.

"The sky's the limit for Flynn," Chef Garceau says. "He can go anywhere and I think his base and core knowledge of food at 15 is super, super strong and I think he can go anywhere."

I love that this future master chef still shows signs of being a regular kid. What's his favorite snack?

"Pretzels," he says.

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