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(VIDEO) Meet Flynn McGarry, a 15-year-old master chef and future restaurateur

Says the New York Times,
Says the New York Times, 'Flynn McGarry wants to open the best restaurant in the world. So what if he's only 15?'
— image credit: NYTimes.com Video screenshot

I am 26 years old, and I am ancient. Apparently, I never did what I was supposed to with my youth, although I didn't realize it at the time. That's because I, like many, made the mistake of thinking I was young without realizing how fast I was growing up.

And watching videos like the one below – the one by the New York Times and their incredibly improving stable of video journalists – thins my hair and wrinkles my belly a little more.

(VIDEO: The Kid's Table: Flynn McGarry wants to open the best restaurant in the world. So what if he's only 15?)

Flynn McGarry is a 15-year-old all-star chef, a prodigy who already sells plates for $160, and he does it right in his own living room – in a "restaurant" he calls Eureka. As the Times points out, McGarry also interns at a high-end restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, where he lives. His bookshelf is filled with cookbooks – like the noticeable NOMA one – and the kid says things like, "It's a weird contradiction of, I want to learn as much as possible but I don't wanna wait too long."

Lines like that will send shivers down the spine of already-working head chefs, who probably just want a line cook to keep his head down and say "YES, CHEF" whenever possible. (Imagine if Anthony Bourdain or Marco Pierre-White still ran a kitchen? Would they hate even more the 'celebrity chef' persona they let everyone else envy?)

But McGarry wants to open his own restaurant by 19. And, with that Mozart-ish soundtrack in the background of the Times's video, it sounds like four years is plenty of time. For this kid, at least.

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