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Bluff City’s new MasterChef

By Deidra Shores (Cordova High School)

Many students in the Mid South have hobbies that keep them busy, but very few have $100,000 hobbies. That $100,000 and trophy is the prize of Logan Guleff, a 12-year-old homeschooled chef from right here in Memphis, who recently won season two of MasterChef Junior.

“I decided to follow in Logan’s footsteps and take a shot at a food review of my own. I met Logan at Cafe Eclectic in Midtown and had the Gator Fries and grilled cheese. I will say I was surprised by the jalapeños in the Gator Fries, but the bacon bits with cheese gave them a nice little balance. The grilled cheese was phenomenal, with just the right bread to cheese ratio” --Deidra Shores. Photo by Kim Guleff of Deidra Shores and Logan Guleff.

“I decided to follow in Logan’s footsteps and take a shot at a food review of my own. I met Logan at Cafe Eclectic in Midtown and had the Gator Fries and grilled cheese. I will say I was surprised by the jalapeños in the Gator Fries, but the bacon bits with cheese gave them a nice little balance. The grilled cheese was phenomenal, with just the right bread to cheese ratio” –Deidra Shores. Photo by Kim Guleff of Deidra Shores and Logan Guleff.

Logan got an early start in the kitchen with training from his mom. It started with little things like making coffee, then gradually he learned more tricks in the kitchen. Logan is not only the winner of season two of MasterChef Junior but he has won other cooking competitions, one of which took him all the way to the White House to meet President Barack Obama.  Although he competed against some of the best tween cooks the country has to offer, none of the other contenders stood a chance against the Bluff City chef.

Aside from being a national contest winner, Logan is a regular kid in most ways. He said his favorite subjects are math and science. He likes to study things like metaphysics and said he goes beyond the book and searches for additional information on science related YouTube channels. Clearly Logan is very advanced in science for his age, because he is frequently ahead of his school books and wants to learn more. Logan didn’t stop there; he even went on to work with a mentor from NASA.

Being a MasterChef is no easy feat. Despite the fact that Logan is only 12,  he’s already drinking cappuccinos to start his day. He even received an espresso machine this past Christmas.  During the time he spent with the other Junior Chefs on set he loved being around other coffee-drinking tweens like himself. That’s a great thing because he spent most of his time with the other contestants and the judges.  He says the other contestants were very competitive, but they were all good friends.

“It’s like being with a bunch of “me’s,” he said about the experience.

After watching the first season of MasterChef Junior Logan knew he had what it took to compete with any other Junior Chef in the country. Once Logan and his mother Kim decided to persue the competition she drove him to Dallas for the live casting call.

While Logan did compete on a national stage, he had popularity long before that point. Logan has authored a food blog, “Order Up With Logan,” which originally started as a creative writing assignment. His blog has gained a lot of popularity ever since he started it four years ago and is now ranked number six on UrbanSpoon. He also gained popularity in local restaurants for his reviews.

Anyone with an  interest in the life of a Junior Chef can keep up with Logan on his Twitter and Facebook pages as ‘Logan Jr Chef.’

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