Last Bite Camson Alevy

 

Now that your time on the show is over, what did you learn?

The biggest thing I’ve learned is being able to cook under pressure. Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi [watching me], and having the opportunity to possibly win $100,000, made it really stressful. But it made me a better cook.

What’s your favorite cooking implement?

I love cats, and this Christmas, because my parents and my sister and my brother know me so well, they got me a spatula that’s the face of a cat. It’s so funny and I love using it.

Whom do you love to cook for?

As stressful as it was to cook for Gordon Ramsay, I did love cooking for him. But the gold medal has to go to my family just because of how much I love them. My favorite thing to make for them is homemade pasta. It’s a nice, long process, and it never gets old.

Do want to be a chef when you grow up?

As much as I love cooking, I have so many other interests. I love acting. I love soccer. I love eating. I’ve always thought that maybe a food critic would be somewhere in the realm of what I could do. I’ve still got some time to choose.

What would be your best one-sentence advice to other aspiring young chefs?

Hmm… Be bold, with flavor.

Fourteen-year-old Fleming Island, Florida native Camson Alevy grew up in the kitchen with his parents. At age eight, he started cooking.

“The first thing I can remember cooking is eggs,” he says. “I started out with regular scrambled eggs, then sunny side up, then I moved to poached. I just kept elevating it.”

In July 2016, there was a casting call in nearby Jacksonville for the FOX show “Masterchef Junior,” and he decided to give it a shot. A few rounds of auditions later, Alevy was cast for the show’s sixth season, which aired this past spring. He made it to the top 15 contestants before being eliminated on April 6 ― but not before he caught the attention of his local ACF chapter, who in April made Alevy the youngest member of the ACF.

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