13-Year-Old From Charlotte Makes Final Cut For NBC’s Top Chef Jr.


Top Chef Junior - Season 1The much-anticipated Top Chef Jr. will be premiering nationwide next month on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal’s network for kids 2-12. Top Chef Jr. will feature twelve chefs aged 11-14 from across the country, competing for the coveted Top Chef Jr. title and a $50,000 cash prize.

Local kid chef, Jasmine (13), was revealed as one of the top 12 chefs competing in the coveted inaugural series. Jasmine got her start in the kitchen when she was 4 years old by helping her mom and grandma bake. Jasmine now has chef mentors that teach her proper techniques and allow her to volunteer in their restaurants. She earned the nickname “JJ Mastermind” from her uncle because of her problem-solving abilities—whether she’s in the kitchen or playing chess.

Outside of the kitchen, Jasmine enjoys playing sports like basketball, soccer, and volleyball. She also likes to challenge her dad and brother to games of chess and design aprons. At school, Jasmine is known for wearing shirts with a cartoon version of herself on the front. Jasmine’s food dream is to build a culinary empire.

Hosted by Vanessa Lachey and featuring head judge Curtis Stone, the World Premiere of “Top Chef Jr.” will air on October 13 at 8pm ET on Universal Kids.