Patrick Minassians’ interest in food and nutrition started organically. Last summer, the 13-year-old, who attends Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge, began leafing through cookbooks at his Glendale home, selecting dinner recipes for his family. Soon he joined his mother Mary Minassians in the kitchen.
“His palette just opened up, and that is when he became interested in what I am cooking,” she said.
Now, the eighth-grader has a published cookbook, all 80 pages of it supporting the homeless.
In October, members of the Flintridge Prep eighth-grade class were tasked with developing a project that would benefit the larger community. Patrick decided to marry his love of cooking with his concern for the local homeless population.
“Our teacher assigned us this project,” Patrick said. “She told us to come up with a way to impact the community and so I thought of different ways to incorporate cooking or food into my project. I came up with creating a cookbook.”