Chef Z has won the hearts of many followers on social media with his cooking and baking content. At 14, he manages his own brand and uses delicious food to inspire his audience to discover their talents.
People find their passion or calling in life in various ways. Some recognize it early on and develop their skills over time; others stumble upon it by accident. For Chef Zachary M, also known as Chef Z, it’s a little bit of both. The 14-year-old chef showed a fondness for cooking from a very young age. But when his parents enrolled him in cooking classes when he was eight, Zachary felt forced. His response was only natural for someone at that age. However, it did not take long for him to discover his passion and talent for cooking and baking.
In December 2019, Zachary started an Instagram account that featured the food he cooked and the goods he baked. The online community was quick to notice the teen chef’s creative content and, within a year, he grew his following to over 85 thousand. Social media has provided him with an ideal platform to establish himself as Chef Z and his eponymous brand, Chef Z’s Cafe.
Chef Zachary M’s accomplishment as a 14-year-old chef and internet personality becomes even more impressive considering that he is a one-man show. Chef Z takes care of everything involved in running Chef Z’s Cafe — advertising, social media management, cooking, and baking — on his own. He might not be the only young chef around, but his audience value the fact that his parents do not run the show behind the scenes.
Chef Z attributes the development of his love for cooking and baking, and his skills in the field, to his training from Chef Meika Johnson. Chef Meika, whom he first met during his cooking classes, is a cooking instructor and private caterer. Her encouragement for Zachary to let his creativity run wild in the kitchen inspired him to pursue a career as a chef. “Once I saw what she was doing, I realized that creating videos of things that I love would be really fun,” shares Chef Z.
Today, Chef Z’s Cafe is best known for its cinnamon rolls, s’mores brownies, and apple tarte tatin. Customers are consistently amazed at Chef Z’s undeniable talent and his delicious baked goods. With an entire career and infinite opportunities in front of him, Chef Z is optimistic about the future. He hopes to continue growing his social media presence and even build his own bakery in New York or Dallas one day.
Having learned from a positive figure, Chef Z now pays the encouraging influence forward by helping individuals and families discover the joy of cooking. He knows that it’s a unique privilege to have his talent nurtured in a supportive environment. Chef Z diligently uses his platform to empower others with the knowledge that chefs and bakers can come in all ages. For his audience, he is an inspiration to anyone working on making their dreams come true. Despite his young age, Chef Zachary M motivates his audience that “anything is possible if you are committed and put your mind to it.”
To learn more about Chef Zachary M, you may visit the Chef Z’s Cafe website.