11-year-old is budding Minn. chef with own blog

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ST. CLOUD TIMES, Minn. (AP) - Isaiah Hall used to wear sandwich-sized bags on his 3-year-old hands when he mixed meatloaf.

His mom, Stephanie Schroeder, couldn’t find rubber gloves to fit the hands of her budding chef. As a toddler, Isaiah already had mastered making meatloaf and chicken noodle soup.

He instructed his mother on how to make California sushi rolls by the time he was 3½.

“I try everything,” Isaiah, now 11, told the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1dCLt0H). “There isn’t much I don’t like.”

He has cooked for eight years. He writes the blog www.tenyearoldbakery.blogspot.com and has a YouTube channel featuring his cooking videos.

Isaiah’s dad and stepmom, Desi and Lori Hall, live in St. Cloud. Isaiah lives most of the time with his mother, Stephanie, and his stepdad in Royalton.

Lori Hall assists with his blogs and videos. She helped him set up his social media websites a couple of years ago.

The blog and videos allow him to connect with family living in the Bahamas, Florida and Duluth.

“We have always had him in the kitchen when we’ve been in the kitchen,” Lori Hall said. “He always helped out.”

Isaiah got cooking and baking supplies for Christmas. He reads cookbooks and surfs cooking websites.

He creates a weekly dinner menu and shopping list for his chores at his mother’s house. He likes to do all the cooking. A recent menu included a roast in the slow cooker, chicken enchiladas and rotisserie chicken.

“It’s fun to cook, and eating is a good part,” Isaiah said. “I like making a lot of stuff. I like variety.”

Schroeder requires her son to choose one new recipe a week. The menu each day must include a main entree and one or two sides. Then she shops for the groceries.

“He’s got this creative, inventive side to him,” Schroeder said. “He comes up with some recipes that are crazy, and I wouldn’t have thought of. They usually are good.”

Desi Hall, Isaiah’s father, is a professional chef. Isaiah learns techniques from him.

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