Originally published on July 3, 2020 / Ventura, California
For several weeks now we’ve been supporting local with “Feel Good Fridays,” a chance for all of us to get out and help our local businesses. But on this Feel Good Friday, we’re taking a different tack.
Meet Ventura hometown hero Carson Peterson. Yep, he’s a hometown hero because his progress through the cooking ranks has been, well, nothing short of heroic. Carson started helping his Nonna cook when he was four. At eight, he became her sous-chef. At 13, he saw an ad for a Top Chef Junior casting call on Facebook. He had a basketball game the same day. He decided that if the game ended on time, he would audition. It did and he did. It was his first cooking audition ever. He was called to the second round; a cooking demo where he had to prepare a dish using a bag filled with mystery ingredients. He was called to the third round; a boot camp where he completed challenges in the test kitchen. He was one of twelve selected — six boys and six girls, ages ten to thirteen — from across the country. Meet Carson Peterson, Top Chef Junior Contestant.
But, more important, he’s a hero because he always gives credit to others (his Nona, his mother and father, his little sister Cara who, he claims, is a better cook than him). And he gives to others. Just this Father’s Day, Carson and his dad Calvin hosted a special live stream Father’s Day and Juneteenth Commemoration on the video streaming site Symposium, the father-son duo discussing the history of Juneteenth as Carson cooked up his famous “Not Yo Mama’s Burger.” Money raised by the live stream benefited the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ventura County and Southern Nevada.
And now Carson is even giving to you, click here for more!