Local’s son competes in Top Chef Jr.
–When the second season of Top Chef Junior premieres Sept. 8 on Universal Kids, formerly known as Sprouts, only 12 talented young chefs will be competing for the top prize. But to get there, 23 of them head off to boot camp. Paso Robles local Noah Cryns’ son, also named Noah, is one of the 23 contestants that battled it out in the kitchen. The Boot Camp episode can be watched on Entertainment Weekly, Universal Kids ( formerly known as Sprouts ), Amazon Prime, and other entertainment platforms.
Cooking and restaurants run in Cryns’ blood — his mom was a restaurant manager for many years, and his father was a line cook. His great grandfathers were butchers. He says he wants to follow in his parents’ footsteps by opening a chain of restaurants.
The 11-year-old says he loves to make others happy, which is at the root of his cooking. When he was younger he would cook for his older sister’s sleepover parties. He would take everyone’s orders and make omelets for his sister and her friends. He especially loves to bake and is known for the multi-layered cakes he’s been selling so that he can eventually pay for his dream trip to Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cryns says he loves to please others, and hopefully, his experience will help him please the judges.