13-Year-Old SFV Kid Cooks Better Than Your Mama

I’m not sure where in the San Fernando Valley Flynn McGarry hails from, but the 13-year-old’s monthly pop-up restaurant Eureka is all the rage among top chefs and food critics.

Flynn has been featured in The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times and the NBC Nightly News for his precision and unusual affinity for the craft. His bedroom has even been transformed into a kitchen.

Flynn started cooking at age ten because he was sick of his mom’s dinners. He became more and more adamant about his dishes, and now he’s selling out nights as guest chef at big-name restaurants and working at the LACMA’s Ray’s and Stark Bar.

I wish I had more information about Eureka’s exact San Fernando Valley location and dinner reservation policy. Please add your comment below if you know where he’s located and if his dinners are open to the public.

72-hour short rib, black vinegar, Japanese mushrooms, coffee and celery root puree.

All photos courtesy of Sister of a Culinary Prodigy.

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i am san fernando is April Aguirre, a writer born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. April bounced around the Valley throughout her upbringing and lived outside of California for a quick minute but always felt most at home in the city of San Fernando. To get at April's heart, FedEx puppies to her door, offer In-N-Out cheeseburgers by the dozen or introduce her to a beer tastier than the last.

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