The "teen chef" is coming to television once again, this time in a scripted format: NBC has picked up a comedy pilot inspired by 14-year-old "culinary prodigy" Flynn McGarry. Deadline reports that the as-yet-untitled show will be an "ensemble workplace comedy" that "centers on a driven but naive 16-year-old prodigy chef who gets a job working in the kitchen for his idol, a temperamental and unpredictable celebrity chef." Joe Port and Joe Weisman will write the script; the Los Angeles-based McGarry, still 14 years old, will serve as a producer.
In summer 2012, NBC Nightly News anointed McGarry "one of the country's hottest chefs," giving viewers an inside look at his bedroom, which had been transformed into a fully functional kitchen. Though it's uncertain who NBC's "unpredictable celebrity chef" character is inspired by (hmm), McGarry has staged at Alinea and Eleven Madison Park (watch video of him with Daniel Boulud here), and has cooked a nine-course pop-up at John Sedlar's Playa.
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