I won MasterChef Junior and Worked at a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in Japan. AmA!
My name is Nathan Odom and I won Season 3 of MasterChef Junior back in 2015. I actually did an AmA before the pandemic, but a lot has changed for me in the past few years and I wanted to share my experiences with everybody in a more public format.
After I graduated high school in 2019, I applied for a Cultural Activities visa to study traditional Japanese cuisine at a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Japan. I lived in a super rural area for two years but returned home to San Diego recently to focus on my mental health.
I look forward to answering any questions you may have, and thanks so much to this community for giving people a platform to share their stories.
If you're interested in what I'm doing now in lieu of working in a professional kitchen, I update my Instagram and TikTok regularly @nathaneodom
I can't promise I'll post consistently but I can promise there will be videos of a very cute corgi :)
Edit: Really enjoying everybody's questions! I'm taking a short break but feel free to keep asking me stuff, I'll be online sporadically for the next day or so.
Edit: Wow! We made front page. Thanks everyone for your questions and awards. Hopefully those of you that try Thelma's beef stew recipe succeed, and if you're having trouble feel free to PM me and I'll help you out ;) I'll still be answering interesting/new questions as they trickle in but once again, thanks to everybody who participated!