Local student wins YouTube cooking show

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Srimayi Galla’s love of cooking recently took her from Owensboro to Los Angeles. The Apollo High School freshman was among three young chefs featured on YouTube Originals’ cooking reality show “The Big Tiny Food Face-Off.”

Originally, Galla was looking online for acting jobs and came across a casting call for an unnamed little cooking show.

“I love to cook, so I thought why not?” she says. “I applied without having set any expectations, despite the fact that he mentioned that they only accept applicants from California. A few days later, we received a call from a casting director, who told us asked a few questions then set up a Zoom interview.Then in August I got a phone call confirming I was on the show.

Galla started cooking small foods during the application process. Before that, she says, she had never paid much attention to it.

“I mainly started cooking small foods and taking photos of them to put in the app and hopefully impress the production team,” she said.

Galla cooks and cooks on her own since she was 9 years old.

“When I was younger, my dad would cook and cook and he would let me mix or whisk things together,” Galla said. “He used to grill chicken for us, so that’s how I got the idea to do chicken skewers for the show.”

The episode, which first aired on July 22, received over 283,000 views. To watch the episode, go to youtube.be/-3VSDB6SyNg.

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