You’re never too young to fling dough in someone’s face. The apprentice chef in this photo is 9-year-old Kiel Hamil, who helped devise the hors d’oeuvre menu for Friday’s Celebration of Wishes Gala benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization works to grant the wishes of young people with life-threatening illnesses, and Hamil, a young leukemia patient from Clarksville, was one of five Wish Kids whose dream was to work with a chef.
Hamil and his fellow Wish Kid chefs—Jillian Pasley, Brittany Walker and Quinten Moore, joined by dessert maker Abby McLemore—had the run of Whole Foods Market to create their dishes. They got help from Chefs Julia Helton and Bryn Herrin (pictured) from The Grill at Green Hills, Salud! Cooking School Chefs Merijoy Lantz Rucker and Cindy Chambers, and longtime Scene contributor Kay West. We’ve heard items mentioned from shrimp skewers to calzones, but to try them you’ll need a reservation for $125.
The event takes place 7 p.m. Friday at the Musicians Hall of Fame. The picture brings back memories of the first thing I ever made in the kitchen: my mother’s Texas chocolate cake recipe. If nothing else, it burned in my mind that there actually is a difference between baking soda and baking powder.