COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Zikei Brooks of LaGrange is the kind of young man we love to feature on the news.
He's a smart and talented 12-year-old chef who appears this week on the cable cooking show called "Chopped" on the Food Network.
He competed for a chance to win $10,000 but no matter the outcome, he's already cooked up his own success story.
We enjoyed showcasing his culinary talents on the news and we hope he's a positive role model for other young kids. Here is an ambitious young man, doing well in school and already pursuing ways to succeed in doing what he loves.
It seems like there is no shortage of sad or negative news these days about teenagers or younger children when they make bad choices.
So it's important to celebrate young boys and girls like Zikei for making great choices, embracing his passion, in this case, for the kitchen.
He told us he gets his inspiration from his mom and grandmother to cook delicious creations.
Zikei's story shows the importance of family support and involvement at a young age. It truly shapes who we can be.
Your child may not like to cook and may never compete for a cash prize. But whatever they do, you can encourage them to be the best, and then watch them shine!
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