2018-08-09 / News

Young ‘master chef’ earns first place at county fair, hosts kids cooking classes

By Mandilee Hecht


Kamryn Chasnis, of Kamryn’s Creations, is hosting Kids Cooking Classes in Saginaw through the month of August. Half of her proceeds go back to help the local community. The 13 year old was a contestant on season five of MasterChef Jr., which aired in 2016. 
Courtesy Photos Kamryn Chasnis, of Kamryn’s Creations, is hosting Kids Cooking Classes in Saginaw through the month of August. Half of her proceeds go back to help the local community. The 13 year old was a contestant on season five of MasterChef Jr., which aired in 2016. Courtesy Photos One young local chef is sharing her MasterChef Junior skills with other area youth throughout Saginaw.

Kamryn Chasnis is only 13, yet has managed to appear on a Fox reality television show, start her own successful business, help area organizations and teach local cooking classes. The soon-to-be eighth grader at White Pine Elementary can now add first-place in a county-wide burger cook-off, to her already esteemed resume.

She is currently hosting kids cooking classes through the month of August at Crane’s L & M Appliance Center in Saginaw. She also took home the first-place win on July 31 during the Burger Blast competition, held on opening day of the Saginaw County Fair, for her spicy peanut butter burger creation titled the Spicy Smooth Burger.


Chasnis took home first place during a recent burger cook-off held opening day of the Saginaw County Fair on July 31. She is shown here with her winning creation, a spicy peanut butter burger she named the Spicy Smooth Burger. Chasnis took home first place during a recent burger cook-off held opening day of the Saginaw County Fair on July 31. She is shown here with her winning creation, a spicy peanut butter burger she named the Spicy Smooth Burger. The competition was hosted by Listen to the Mrs. on 790 AM WSGW. That event was co-sponsored by Michigan Sugar, Star of the West Milling Company and ACH Seeds.

This was the first time Chasnis entered one of the station’s cook-offs, though she’s co-hosted on the station’s Listen to the Mrs. many times, according to its site at www.wsgw.com.

The Upcoming Kids Cooking Classes, open to the community, are held in a kitchen provided by Crane’s L & M Appliance Center, 3260 Bay Road.

She held a Make Your Own Pizza class on Aug. 2 and a Make Your Own Pasta class on Aug. 7.

Upcoming classes will be a Make Your Own Chinese Takeout on Thursday, Aug. 9; a Make Your Own Apple Tart on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Learn to Make Cake Pops on Saturday, Aug. 25. Cost is $17 and includes all supplies and ingredients. Classes run from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

On Aug. 25 she will also host a Cupcake Decoration Bar from noon until 2:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for two cupcakes, $10 for four, or $15 for a half a dozen. Attendees may choose up to three toppings for their cupcakes and will also get a scoop of ice cream. Pre-orders are also available.

Chasnis’ mother Cassandra said her daughter donates half of all her proceeds to an organization of her choice every two months.

Past organizations she’s chosen include the Special Olympics, the 1% Percent Veteran Food Pantry and local animal shelters.

Currently, Cassandra said she is helping to provide back-to-school supplies for area students.

Kellie Crane, co-owner of Crane’s Appliance, said she feels the cooking classes are a great teaching tool for young residents.

“I feel these are beneficial to young people today, because they provide a hands-on experience on how to cook, as well as sanitary and safety precautions when cooking, such as using sterile (cooking or baking utensils) and hand washing,” she said.

“I feel it’s a great benefit to young people.”

Once she graduates high school in the year 2023, Chasnis plans on attending the Culinary Institute of America, in order to major in international cooking and minor in pastries and cakes, as well as business management.

“I want to travel to different places and learn about different cuisines,” she said.

Kamryn Chasnis’ Facebook page Kamryn’s Creations can be found at www.facebook.com/kamrynscreations.

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