Precocious chef gets cooking for new Food Network show


Sammy Voit was just 5-years-old when he started cooking with his grandma. Now, at the ripe old age of 11, the Riverdale boy is competing for his own show on Food Network.

Sammy will be contesting in the inaugural season of “Food Network Star Kids,” a spin-off of the popular competition show “Food Network Star,” for a chance to host his own cooking show on the program’s website.

He has wanted his own cooking show since he was 7-years-old and has been auditioning ever since, Sammy said. 

“That’s when I was old enough to start watching cooking shows and understand them and I always thought it would be crazy if I was on one of those shows,” Sammy said. “My mom always signs me up to be on different shows, she’s kind of like my manager—I call her my ‘Mom-ager.’”

The Riverdale native will also appear on an episode of “Chopped Junior,” another kids version of a popular cooking show, and already hosts his own YouTube channel called “My Poyfect Kitchen.”

During his Food Network debut on Monday night, in the first episode of the six-week season, Sammy and his fellow contestants had to submit cooking tips, the best of which would be posted on the Food Network Snapchat channel. 

Sammy’s tip on how to pick fresh fish was a winner, and he advanced to the next round. He also cooked his favorite dish, salt-crusted fish and vegetables.

While the judges complained his fish was a little salty, he blew them away with his personality and flair.