My mom and I have been looking back over the few years and we have come across some of my most treasured memories. With the release of my first book; ‘Cook with Josh’, I was asked some questions by some of South Africa’s well-known journalists. The featured image is of me with Cape Talk’ host John Maytham.
I felt like a star celebrity! 🙂
Article: “Meet SA’s youngest Chef
Josh Thirion, 10-year-old Belville North Primary School pupil in his superman T-shirt and fidgeting in his chair is oblivious to the value of his entrepreneurial spirit.
It’s his birthday this week and being school holidays, a good opportunity for a two-day flash trip to Joburg to promote his cookbook Cooking with Josh. Despite being a bit overwhelmed by all the excitement, he says that all the media attention is “very cool”.
It all started with Mzansi Magic Market Day for young wannabe moguls aged seven to 15. After coming in fifth place for his recycled can toys in 2010, Josh upped the ante in 2011 with a home-printed MasterChef-inspired cookbook.
All 30 copies sold out fast, proud mom Lynn explains – and Josh took home first prize out of the young 400 hopefuls.
Random House Struik were only too delighted to publish the book, which is now available countrywide at all leading bookstores. Only on shelves for a month, the book is doing very well according to Kim Taylor from Struik.
“He’s South Africa’s youngest author and his book has activities like spot the difference and connect the dots as well as all the fresh recipes for kids.”
Full of lunch box and party ideas, it’s pretty helpful for moms and dads too.
It’s been a whirlwind adventure so far for the Grade 3 pupil who met celebrity chef Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss and masterchef America winner Whitney Miller who were in SA for The Good Food and Wine Show last month. With his own book on display at the annual event, he proved to be very popular with all the international visitors with whom he has struck up friendships.
Do you know any other 10 year old who can make a malva pudding and cottage pie pots? Josh has some seriously sophisticated culinary skills under his chef’s hat. He wants to be a celebrity chef, like Jamie Oliver, when he grows up and is a fan of Peter Goffe Wood, Justin Bonello and MasterChef South Africa winner Deena Naidoo.
But with all the fanfare he’s still just a normal kid who loves Spur and doesn’t eat olives or mushrooms. “He’s actually not a very picky eater,” mom explains. “He loves steamed fish and veggies.”
The cookbook is filled with fun and creative recipes for kids including milkshakes, smoothies and pizza monsters. Working in the kitchen and following recipes has helped Josh with planning skills and fine-tuned his focus, Lynn explains.
Josh is so fervent about his cooking that Delwood Chef Academy’s executive chef Tim Woodford has taken him under his wing.
Now children’s cooking classes have been introduced at the academy.
He’s heading back to school soon. Of course he’s missed a few days here and there as he embraces the author lifestyle but despite it all, he still brings home excellent marks, says Lynn beaming with parental pride that can only be understood by other parents.
And if a cook book at age 10 is the first indication of a flourishing career, then mom and dad will have many more proud moments to look forward to and cherish.
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