He’s only 12 years old but has already won the hearts (and stomachs) of hundreds of viewers. Omari McQueen is just 12 years old, but he’s already scored his own cooking show on CBBC, a BBC operated channel just for children. The new show is called What’s Cooking Omari? and is a seven-minute weekly segment to be aired every Sunday at 9:30 am for the next ten weeks. The show is aimed to inspire children between the ages of seven and 16 to ditch animal products and get creative with simple plant-based dishes.
The show aired on November 15, 2020, and featured McQueen’s creative recipe “Omari’s Banana Shake Breakfast Shaky Shake Shake” alongside his older brother Laquarn. In episode two, McQueen whipped up a plum blackberry crumble for his mother’s birthday. The third episode will have the young chef make mega-loaded fries. Yum! CBBC’s website states: “These crunchy potato wedges topped with spicy flavours are the perfect snack to give the family all the energy they need to outwit one another during their game of mega hide-and-seek.”
“He’s only 12 years old but has already won the hearts of hundreds and thousands online, cooking up a storm with his delicious vegan food,” a BBC statement said. “In his first-ever TV commission, Omari introduces us to his effervescent siblings, who join him in the kitchen to create a wonderful array of delicious healthy meals for all the family to enjoy.”
McQueen went vegan at just seven years old and launched Dipalicious Dips, a vegan dipping sauce business at eight years old. Then he went on to open a pop-up restaurant in London, serving an array of vegan Caribbean-inspired dishes. McQueen also runs his own YouTube channel called Omari Goes Wild, with over 3,000 subscribers. And as if that isn’t enough, the boy wonder is also set to release a cookbook titled Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook featuring 30 vegan recipes in January 2021.