An evening walk past the window at the Botha household in Yass and you’re guaranteed to pick up the delicious aromas of a fresh cooked dinner.
And the person wearing the chef’s hat is none other than 14-year-old Michael Botha.
Michael’s prowess in the kitchen was put to the test on Friday with astounding results – he won a $15,000 kitchen makeover from Knebel Kitchen.
He was one of three finalists in the Mix 106.3 FM radio Kids in the Kitchen competition.
His mum Louise Botha said the 14-year-old had been cooking for a number of years, and started out baking cakes and biscuits.
He’s now progressed to delectable meals for the whole family to enjoy.
While he was unavailable at school, proud mum Louise was more than happy to share the story.
“He likes to get inspiration from Jamie Oliver books,” Louise said.
“He follows the recipes but with his own little additions and subtractions.”
He especially loves to cook pasta.
At 7am on Friday he was busily cooking a dish he has served many times at home; Chicken Katsu Curry. Competition entrants were given a choice of cooking a meal or dessert, as long as they completed it within an hour.
“He’s the typical teenager. He say’s he’s really happy, and he likes me to call him chef,” Louise said.
The family will be auctioning off the kitchen and donating the proceeds to Pegasus, a riding for the disabled charity.