Loren Martinez, 15, credits his grandmother, Sandra Gose, with instilling in him his love of cooking. The Fort Wayne, Ind., teen recently won the Indiana Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in the teen category for his recipe of Brussels sprouts and roasted fingerling potatoes. Sponsored by Indy’s Kitchen and Reliable Water Services, both in Indianapolis, the teen prize included cooking lessons and $500 seed money for the budding entrepreneur.
The recipe was borne of necessity, Loren says. “One day we had a bunch of Brussels sprouts and my mom asked, ‘Can you make something with these Brussels sprouts?’ I kept working on the reduction sauce. I made it multiple times. We have the nuttiness with the toasted almonds, the salty with the bacon and the molasses glaze to give it sweetness. They loved it,” he told the Journal Gazette.