13-year-old Flynn McGarry to cook at Playa


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Flynn McGarry’s calendar for the next couple of months includes both running his Eureka pop-up dinner at Playa restaurant and finishing the eighth grade. Just 13 years old, McGarry is set to man the stoves Tuesday, May 9, at John Sedlar’s Beverly Boulevard restaurant, preparing eight courses of his ‘progressive American’ cuisine.

The budding chef is raising money to pay for his flight and accommodations for a stage at Grant Achatz’s cutting-edge culinary project, Next in Chicago. The benefit dinner already is sold out, but Playa is planning to offer four of McGarry’s creations on a special menu for two weeks following the fundraiser. (McGarry’s mini-cookbook also will be for sale at Playa.) As Sedlar said, ‘Boy, people are getting into the professional kitchen at a younger and younger age.’


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