Ann Arbor teen cooking (and dancing) his way through “Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off”

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Young Michigan native explains his love for cooking, meeting Rachael Ray, and why he dances while he cooks. Christopher Ekpiken, 13, is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been cooking for over seven years. He said that his love for cooking came from his parents. Since his mom is from New Orleans and his dad is from Nigeria, Ekpiken believes that he is able to take from both of those cultures and cook something special.

Excerpt from Scott Davis’s article in the Oakland Post. Read more


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