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Meet the 12-year-old chef with her own show

“Chopped Junior” veteran Janie Wilson of Peabody teaches public-access viewers how to satisfy a snack attack.

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I first started cooking when I was really young, just watching my parents, my grandparents, and other people cooking. As I got older, I started taking it into my own hands and kicking my parents out of the kitchen. Now I love to learn from other people. I want to try everything. My friends will invite me over and their parents will teach me different things. Recently I learned how to make pasta from scratch. I thought it was going to be a really complicated process, but it was easy and fun.

What makes me love cooking is the creativity and the independence you have. It’s just like dancing. I’ve been dancing for nine years. My teacher teaches us improv. You make it up on the spot and put everything into it. In my food, I add different things, use my creativity, make up recipes as I go along.


I watch cooking shows all the time, and I have my own cooking show on Peabody Access television. I cook dinners you can make for your family, and my friends help me. On the segment called “Snack Attack,” I come up with kid-friendly recipes to have after school.

I definitely want to be a chef when I’m older. I want to own my own restaurant and have my own cooking show. My dream is to go to the Culinary Institute of America in New York for college. Someone told me, “The older you get, the more you cook and the more you take on as a chef, the harder it gets.” It makes me want to do it more because I’m up for the challenge.

TV DINNER To watch Janie Wilson’s show, The 3 Js’ and That Guy’s Kitchen, without traveling to the North Shore, visit peabodytv.com.