The Making of a Master Chef

Head to the Garage Bar tonight at 7 p.m. for a chance to hang out with Kyle Manning.

Who, exactly, is Kyle Manning, you ask? Well, he is not a chef, but he'd like to be. The West Geauga High School grad has had the dream of becoming one since childhood. Recently that dream lead him to a slot on the second season of Fox's MasterChef, a cooking show for amateur chefs to prove their skills to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. But in order to prove he's the best, he had to beat his toughest opponent: his mother.

“My mom also tried out for the show and made it, we were the only contestants that knew each other,” the 27-year-old reveals with a laugh. “We even roomed together while we lived in California, it was a friendly competition.”

Manning however has his mother to thank for not only getting to him into the competition — she's the one who forwarded him the email with instructions to audition — but also for getting him that far in cooking.

“I was just a kid who was always surrounded by cooking, whether it was watching my mother or watching cooking shows with her. It was a big part of my childhood. I also loved to eat.”

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