This Rising Star Chef Is Black, Vegan, And Only 11 Years Old

Posted: Sep 10, 2019

An 11-year-old boy recently hit up 53-year-old Roger Wade on LinkedIn, wishing to open a restaurant one day. Wade wrote back: Why not now?

When Wade, CEO of Boxpark, a chain of hip food halls in London, was 11 years old himself, he sold candy to his schoolmates. He cited that memory as a heartstring plucked by Omari McQueen, the 11-year-old LinkedIn user. "Age doesn't define a person any more than gender or race does," Wade said. "We were happy to support a dream. Omari is a role model for dreaming big."

Wade waived the £1,000 rent for a week-long pop-up at Boxpark's Croydon location, freeing McQueen to bill himself as the "world's youngest restaurateur" — even younger than Flynn McGarry, who, in 2011, became a foodie wunderkind at 11½ by running a restaurant out of his California home (and charging $160 a head when he debuted in New York).

McQueen debuted Dipalicious, his vegan Caribbean spot, in the same food hall as Goat, a Jamaican restaurant run by James Cochran, the 2018 Great British Menu champion of champions.

By Richard Morgan
September 10, 2019
Source and Complete Article: NPR.ORG

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