One-night in a hospital changed Kid Chef Tavia’s world! Tavia Isaac was born in Reading, Pa but shortly after her mother moved back to her hometown of Chester,Pa. Living a normal child’s life, riding bikes and playing with dolls is what you think a normal 8 year-old child would be doing. However that isn’t this kid’s storybook life. After several long years, in and out of the hospital, missing school and playing with friends, Chef Tavia was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Her symptoms were so severe, she was unable to do many activities most young children her age could do. While fighting this disease, Tavia still managed to remain consistent in her school studies and becoming an outstanding student attending Agora Cyber Charter School. In August 2015, Tavia underwent surgery to have her colon removed and since then her life has improved tremendously. But one night in the emergency room with her Grandmother changed her life. Her Grandmother turned on the hospital television and began watching the Food Network Channel, to her favorite show Chopped. Ever since, Kid Chef Tavia has been in the kitchen.
Tavia says, “Cooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.” She is competing on Chopped Junior Tournament against three other talented kid chefs on Food Network. The new season airs September 13, 2016 and Tavia’s episode airs on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. It’s all about southern comfort and global cuisine for this kid chef. Tavia will also be releasing a memoir about being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Her dream is to pursue a career in Gastroenterology and become a Culinary Instructor. Watch out for this warm and full of energy young lady, because she’s not afraid to take on anything that comes her way.