How to Cook Like a Chopped Junior Champion

Clever Cookstr talks to Aidan Friedson, who at age twelve won Food Network's reality cooking show Chopped Junior. He's here to talk about his secret ingredients, food truck aspirations, and the trick to great bread pudding.

Kara Rota
1-minute read
Episode #89

Aidan started cooking at age three, and now some of his favorite foods are oysters and mussels. He loves to cook Mexican food and has aspirations to open a food truck called "Get Stuffed," serving burgers stuffed with different globally influenced filling.

Here are a few of Aidan's tips, so you can cook like a Chopped Junior champion:

1) Trust your instincts, and never rely completely on equipment to tell you when something is done!

2) When you're making bread pudding, always soak the bread first.

3) If you want to be good at something, you have to power through it and keep on trying! Even if something you cook is burnt or undersalted, there's going to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

4) Aidan's favorite secret ingredients are paprika, cayenne, and garlic powder, as well as jalapenos and citrus. Aidan's always been a fan of spicy and interesting flavors.

Listen to the episode in the top right hand player or download it on iTunes and Stitcher!

And check out Aidan's Instagram account for more delicious pictures of the foods he cooks—like this one:


I made a brazilian grouper braze

A photo posted by Aidan (@aidanfriedson) on

Oct 7, 2015 at 12:11pm PDT

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.