Come join the 20th Annual SDCC Community Chili Potluck & Contest!
This McKinley fundraiser and local tradition is where neighbors make, share, and vote for the best neighborhood chili.
Where: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn St., San Diego 92104
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 from 1-4 pm
Info and sign-up: Click here or go to McKinley’s main office
Come buy a handmade ceramic chili bowl and enjoy a fun time with neighbors. 50% of the proceeds go to McKinley Elementary. Don’t want to buy a bowl? Bring your chili and/or a small donation for McKinley, and join the fun anyway.
Nathan Odom of North Park competing on MasterChef Jr.
Spoiler alert: a former McKinley Elementary and current Roosevelt Middle School student Nathan Odom is one of two remaining junior chefs on Fox’s hit reality cooking competition MasterChef Jr.!
Tune in Tuesday night to find out who wins, and to support one of our own! Congratulations, Nathan!
Nathan Odom, pictured on the far left, is a former McKinley student and participant in the Scratch after-school cooking class.
“It’s widely known that North Park is considered one of San Diego’s food meccas, but the neighborhood is also home to a budding young chef.
Nathan Odom, a 13-year-old from Roosevelt Middle School, is currently starring on the third season of “MasterChef Junior,” a reality cooking competition on Fox.
On the show, he’s had to do everything from cook octopus to make complicated sauces good enough to impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. Odom is among the top four chefs still competing and can be seen at 8 p.m. Tuesday vying for the top spot.
Odom, who was introduced to the TV show after watching the first season, tells us about his time in the spotlight.
Q: Why did you want to audition for “MasterChef Junior?”
A: Because it seemed like a lot of fun, and I wanted an excuse to cook every day.
Q: What was the audition process like?
A: It started out with us being tested on our basic skills, and the auditions got slightly harder every time. I found out I was on the show one morning while I was making breakfast.
Q: How long have you been cooking?
A: Since I was about 6 years old. I usually just helped out baking cookies and doing minor stuff. Occasionally I would help my Nonie (grandma) make pasta. But the main thing that taught me to cook was the Scratch Culinary Education Program at my school, a program started by Chef Ricardo Heredia that focuses on inner-city fourth- and fifth-grade kids who don’t have a lot of opportunities to cook with nice ingredients at home.
Q: Did you have to convince your parents to let you try things on your own?
A: My parents were always really supportive of the things I wanted to do, so it didn’t take much convincing for them to let me cook. I usually cook for my family about 30 to 40 percent of the time, but my mom and I both love using the kitchen, so we share the cooking!
Q: What are some of your favorite things to make?
A: I really enjoy making ramen and Japanese foods, but I also really like French pastries. I really like making macarons, mille-feuilles (puff pastry with vanilla and custard), Mont Blancs (puréed, sweetened chestnuts) and tarts.
Well done, Nathan!! Read more after the break, and don’t forget to tune in Tuesday night on Fox! (more…)