In her latest newsletter for Goop, actress/foodie/lifestyle expert Gwyneth Paltrow raves about the cuisine of Flynn McGarry, the 15-year old chef who has been churning out Michelin-style meals out of his mom's kitchen for several years now.
McGarry, who hails from California, recently held a two day pop-up in Manhattan featuring 11 courses for $150. He even flew in a sommelier and pastry chef from Los Angeles for the special dinners.
In the kitchen since age 10, the teenage chef has already trained under celebrated chefs Grant Achatzand Daniel Humm, whose restaurants rank in the top 10 in the world. With this pedigree, is it any wonder Paltrow was floored by his food?
Here's what she had to say:
"We've been dying to eat 15-year-old Flynn McGarry's food since we first caught wind of the dinners he was hosting in his mom's house up in The Valley. McGarry, who dropped out of school because he was being bullied (in part, for carrying around French Laundry), has been in the kitchen ever since, working at Eleven Madison Park and Alma along the way. While he's clearly picked up some tricks, this is no ordinary teen with a blow torch and a sous-vide. His food is hands-down sublime. He occasionally holds restaurant take-over events, and we lucked into a table earlier this week at L.A.'s Fifty Seven, where he turned out Beet Wellington with creamed kale and beet bordelaise, artichoke bloomed with herbs and cod, and tomato tartare, accented with pickles, pumpernickle, capers, and cured egg yolk. Quite simply, it was insane. (Plus: Check out that awesome head of hair!)"
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