North Texas Girl Stars on Food Network Show ‘Chopped Junior’

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“My favorite thing about cooking is the way it brings people together. And the way I get to be myself and show my personality and my feelings through whatever I cook,” Kenzie Mills told WFAA. At only 11-years-old, Mills starred on the Food Network show called “Chopped Junior” this week with her cool blue hair and knowledge beyond her years. She dominated the competition with her take on barbecue favorites.

Yahoo News posted clips from the show where Mills showed off how barbecue is done in Texas. She took a provided North Carolina sauce and made it more Texan by adding ketchup and corn syrup to sweeten and thicken the sauce, and the judged loved it. She went on to win $10,000, and she’ll return to the show as a judge on a future episode.

WFAA says that Mills learned her barbecuing skills from getting up at 4 a.m. on the weekends to help start the smoker so she can cook with her dad. “She’s amazing. She takes it (cooking) very seriously and has a great time doing it,” her proud father Sean told the news.

Since Mills is only in 6th grade, she already has a great start to a career as a chef!