What were your favourite summer holiday activities when you were 11 years old; beach trips? pool parties? Launching your own restaurant with your best mates…?
That much is true for one of Australia’s most promising young chefs. Whilst her classmates are busy playing video games and spending their days poolside, 11 year old Talulla Bogusz is cooking up a storm.
Talulla has recruited a team of pint-sized proteges ranging from just nine to 11 years old and together, they are set to become the country’s youngest ever restaurant owners.
Polish Inspired Treats
The Itsy Bitsy Restaurant, named after the young person’s cooking school where the team first met and honed their craft, is set to open in early January. The Melbourne restaurant’s menu includes traditional Polish dishes such as Nalesniki (a savoury pancake much like Gozleme), Pierogi dumplings and Paczki (pronounced Ponch-ski) doughnuts with plum jam.
The Polish-inspired menu hails back to the heritage of Talulla’s great grandmother (Babcia). She was a Polish Catholic who was forced to cook for the Nazi’s during WW2. Her culinary skills were so valued that they ended up saving her and her son’s life.
Talulla and her team have pledged to donate 100% of the funds to UNICEF: The Syria Crisis Appeal, to help raise awareness of the urgent needs of innocent children affected by war.
“My dad has always described Babcia as a strong lady and he has many fond memories of her polish cooking. I wanted to continue this family tradition, and when I shared some of Babcia’s secret recipes with my friends at The Itsy Bitsy Chef, we thought it would be really fun to open our own restaurant. I hope everyone orders our food and likes it as much as we enjoy making it,” said Talulla.
How To Order
The delivery-only restaurant will open in Collingwood, Melbourne. Orders can be made by finding the Itsy Bitsy Restaurant on the Deliveroo website and app from 6pm on 7 January 2020.
“Talulla and her team are incredibly impressive. Deliveroo couldn’t be happier to help support this fantastic endeavour. Their determination to showcase their cooking talents is remarkable and we can’t wait to try Babcia’s secret recipes,” said Joe Satari at Deliveroo.
Wow, my 11-year old can barely cook, or even tidy her room for that matter. I certainly can’t imagine her opening her own restaurant. What about yours? Tell us in the comments below.