At just 13 years old, Flynn McGarry has already achieved a level of success that other chefs could only dream of. When he was ten, McGarry began hosting pop-up dinners in his mother’s living room and eventually opened his own restaurant in Los Angeles at the tender age of sixteen. His hard work paid off when he became the youngest ever Michelin star chef at the age of nineteen.
McGarry is a self-taught chef who has been experimenting with food since he was nine. His mother, Meg McGarry, is a former gallery owner and art dealer who encouraged her son’s culinary ambitions. He received no formal culinary training before opening his restaurant, but instead learned from watching cooking shows and consulting with some of the world’s leading chefs.
Since launching his restaurant, McGarry has become something of a celebrity in the culinary world. He has appeared on multiple television shows including Top Chef and MasterChef Junior, and even had an interview with the former President Barack Obama during his first year running his restaurant. He has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Bon Appétit and GQ Magazine.
McGarry is not the only young Michelin star chef to make headlines recently. In 2018, British chef Tommy Banks became the youngest person to ever receive two Michelin stars at just 26 years old. Banks opened The Black Swan in Oldstead, Yorkshire when he was just 24 and within two years had earned both a Michelin star and a second one for 2019.
Flynn McGarry is currently the youngest Michelin star chef at 19 years old while British chef Tommy Banks holds the record for being the youngest person to ever receive two Michelin stars at 26 years old. Both chefs have achieved remarkable success at such young ages and serve as an inspiration for aspiring chefs everywhere.