Cape Town-born Josh Thirion (9) does not like being told what to eat, and even has his own recipe book out.
Since September 2012, more than 10 000 English and Afrikaans copies of Cook with Josh have been sold. And at a gala award event in Paris on February 23, the book was awarded first prize in the children’s category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013.
Josh has a wide range of interests, including drawing, playing cricket, swimming and singing, but most of all, he has a talent for cooking.
He maintains that cooking can be fun. His recipe book Cook with Josh (Struik Lifestyle), was published last year and includes 80 pages of delicious recipes with lots of cartoons, step-by-step directions, word games, crossword puzzles and drawings of chefs and smiling burgers.
His love for cooking began after watching the Food Network series MasterChef Australia and Junior MasterChef. He decided there was a need for a cookbook with a difference. He sold 30 copies at the Mzansi Magic Market Day at Canal Walk in 2011, where he was the winner out of more than 400 stalls, and he has never looked back.
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