They're only 13-years old, and already Audrey and Lilly have shared the kitchen with Wolfgang Puck and last year released their first cookbook. The Twin Chefs are here with a delicious and healthy back to school breakfast smoothie.
Fun facts about Audrey and Lilly:
Like so many kids today, 13-year-old sisters Audrey and Lilly love to cook.
Ask Lilly and Audrey how they make peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, and they agree. “We don’t!”. “We like fig preserves and goat cheese on soft bread with a little lemon zest,” says Lilly. “That’s the sandwich we take to school,” adds Audrey.
Audrey and Lilly exemplify a growing trend among American children: they no longer want to make pizza with a happy face of olive eyes and pimiento smiles. They want to cook the food they have tried in restaurants and seen on cooking shows.
Watching the Food Network originally got Audrey and Lilly into the kitchen, and cooking has now become their hobby of choice—their favorite activity after school and on weekends. They have cooked side-by-side with mentor chefs, television food personalities and their parents, who love to entertain. They have appeared on Good Morning America; have their own popular website,
Facebook page and Twitter feed with more than 5,000 followers. Now they want to share what they’ve learned in a cookbook that will inspire generations of young chefs who want to cook food the whole family will eat.
When Audrey and Lilly first started to cook, their mother didn’t buy them children’s cookbooks. Instead, they would tell her what dish they’d seen on television that they wanted to try. One of the first things they saw on Food Network, when they were just 3 years old, was eggplant. They went to the market with their mom, learned how to shop for eggplant and brought it home. She sautéed it simply, following the recipe from the site, and the twins (and their older sister and parents) loved it. Another time the girls asked for lychees. “I saw those on an Asian-cooking show on the Travel Channel,” says Lilly. “I searched for them for months!” says their mom, laughing. As a result, Lilly counts lychees among her favorite fruits.
Audrey and Lilly have cooked with superstar chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Food Network host Bob Blumer, and Michael Chiarello, who features them in photos in his latest book on grilling. Their blog, featuring recipes and videos they have created with their men- tors and on their own, has developed a steady following and attracted media attention.
The girls have a unique presence. They are “mirror twins”—the only way to tell one from the other is that they part their hair on opposite sides, one’s a leftie and one’s a righty, and their foot size dif- fers slightly.
The twins’ family lives in California’s wine country, a great place to go to farmers’ markets, visit cheese makers, harvest olives and grow their own food. They have a vegetable garden out back.
Check out the official website for The Twin Chefs.