Fifteen-year-old food whiz kid Junior Chef Logan Guleff is a rising culinary star, social media influencer (333,00 followers), author (Logan’s Chef Notes & Half-Baked Tales: Cooking Dreams) and food blogger (OrderUpWithLogan). He lives with his Mom and Dad in Memphis, Tennessee. Logan’s list of accolades is stunning for a kid just in 10th grade.
Fortune Magazine named Logan “18 Under 18 Most Influential Teen Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World”. Southern Living Magazine called Logan, “The next great Southern cook in America. Logan also made Time Magazine Most Influential Teens of 2016 list, along with Sasha and Malia Obama.
His Mom always told Logan, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”. Logan’s dreams certainly seem to be coming true. At just 11, Logan took away $100,000 for winning season two of Fox’s reality cooking competition MasterChef Junior hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsay. Young Logan wowed Ramsay and the show’s prestigious panel of judges; restaurateur and wine expert Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot. Logan’s first course on the show was prawns with smoked aioli and olives. Second course was a salt-crusted branzino. For dessert, a Meyer Lemon Madeline with a berry compote and goat cheese mouse. Logan’s food was described as “sophisticated”, ‘brilliant” and “amazing”. Logan was invited back on the show a second time, not as a competitor but as a judge.
Logan started cooking at the age of two. At nine, his recipe for Jif’s most creative peanut butter sandwich competition got him an appearance on the Today show. Logan showed off his turkey burger made with peanut butter and topped with broccoli slaw for Hoda Kotb and country music star Randy Travis.
Also at nine, it was Logan’s quinoa and tuna salad in red pepper boats which sent him to the White House for the first ever “Kids State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. His “Tuna Schooners” as Logan called them, won the Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a cooking competition for kids nationwide. His healthy and nutritious lunch was one of 54 winning recipes selected from more than 1,200 entries.
In 2016, Logan was named a winner of James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project. The honor included cooking his original burger recipe made from blended mushroom waste and local beef at the historic James Beard House in NYC as part of the official welcome reception for the Foundation’s annual Food Conference. He was the youngest to ever cook at the James Beard House and appeared the second time on Today.
Logan has also worked with Uncle Ben’s Rice on kid cooking promotional videos and has been featured on several Olive Garden commercials, as well as Johnsonville and Carnation Nestle.
He’s also the youngest person to become a certified BBQ judge at the World Championship Barbeque Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. Earlier this year, he judged the International Young Chef Olympiad in India.
This culinary prodigy is also a savvy entrepreneur. Logan manufactures and sells his own spice blend called Logan’s Rub.
When Logan isn’t cooking, kayaking or bowling, he volunteers at St John’s United Methodist soup kitchen and hosts a variety of charity events.