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Meet Greg Grossman, Child Caterer

Would You Hire This 13-Year Old to Cater Your Event?

While most eighth graders whittled away this Summer at swim camp, one young man became the hottest rising caterer in the Hamptons.

Meet Greg Grossman, a 13-year-old chef prodigy from East Hampton, NY. Recently profiled in the New York Post, Grossman so far this Summer has "seared 75 pounds of scallops, cured 30 pounds of salmon, plated 200 micro-green salads and reduced at least 20 bottles of red wine" while catering for parties.

Despite the "killer" truffles and fish soufflés he made for a recent gallery opening, Grossman's not old enough to qualify for a catering license, so clients must employ him as a "personal chef." While his parents say he "practically teethed at Nobu, Cipriani and the Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach," they knew he was really something when he presented them with pan-seared sea scallops under a balsamic vinegar glaze with a wild-mushroom medley at the ripe old age of 10.

I don't know what to make of this preteen personal chef. On the one hand, I think it's an incredible feat; on the other hand, I think that true culinary mastery requires a bit of maturity. What say you? Would you hire him to cater your events?

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Caitie64 Caitie64 7 years
I would hire him, who says a 13 year old can't be mature for his age? If he's an amazing chef and he's been handling it fine so far why can't he handle it now? I know plenty of 40 year olds who break under pressure to so maturity really has nothing to do with it.
Jack-is-sexxy Jack-is-sexxy 8 years
I was just at a recent event of his.... He is amazing,... He is the big thing in the hampton.... and being a big thing in the hamptons is a big thing ..... ---- Lenny Brinkley
aliasdean aliasdean 8 years
Personally I wouldn't hire a little pretentious kid like this. I guess some idiot rich hampton person with yacht in front of his house would hire this little Mama's little baby, but other wise why cant you just get a caterer that you can rely on and can actually cook. Someone shouldn't be a child prodigy if they are simply a product of their parents obsession. Sorry Greg but you gotta show us that you can really cook before anyone eats food from someone without a license to make food.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
no offense Gregg, but my son is 13 and when he cooks I keep an eye on his behind LOL
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I would, also to be able to say the chef was 13! I would just hope he doesn't pick his nose or something while he's cooking though :SICK:
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
I would definitely! My brother was a fantastic chef at 13 and has always thrived under the pressure of catering large events. In fact, he catered a fundraising dinner for me when he was only 14. It was an elaborate Thai themed dinner for over 200 and he did a fantastic job. He now owns his own catering company (is only 22) and has yet to "burn out".
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I would have him cater an event, but I would ask him to get help since he is very young and it might be too much to handle. Even people who are older need help because somethings are too much to handle. Good for him though!
SublimeChica SublimeChica 8 years
It's not necessarily ageism so much as it is a proven trend--child prodigies in any field tend to burn out eventually--especially in the case of someone like Drew Barrymore, who ended up in rehab by 14. Obviously not all cases end that way, but there's definitely something to be said for a sacrificed childhood even if you are good at what you do.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I wouldn't hire you Greg, but I'd surely eat your food.
greggrossman greggrossman 8 years
Hey Guys, Chef Greg Grossman Here, Thanks for your interest in my article, I just found this while surfing the web, Thanks Soo Much,
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I would if I could afford him, but I see that as highly unlikely.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Depends on how much he cost! btw, is he a relative of Steve Tyler?
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
In an alternative universe where I could afford caterers, I would consider hiring him as I considered any other caterer - recommendations, menu, price, etc... Age would not have any part of my decision
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Probably not... but only because if he's catering in the Hamptons, then he'd be way too expensive for me! :D
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I think its great that he has got some skills and all but I don't know that I would have him cater a very large event, like most have said the pressure for those kinds of jobs are killer and I wouldn't want to stress him. I would like to try one of his dishes :)
missyd missyd 8 years
"also, think about this - if he starts his catering thing at 13 - how old will he be when he's burnt out from it and then has to figure out what to do with his life. it's just practicality."... So what is to be said for actors that start out as kids (ala Drew Barrymore)?
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
I think people here are being ageist. If you can have child prodigies in other art forms - and you can - you can have them in cooking. He's just starting at a point where most people have to mature into it. I won't judge until I've tried his cooking (unlikely to happen.) Good for him for finding his passion and developing the skills to go with it so early in life!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Hmm..that's cute
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
"While his parents say he 'practically teethed at Nobu, Cipriani and the Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach,' "... Must be nice to have such rich parents. I bet I could have been a prodigy chef if I had dined at such fine establishments. lol
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