by Sukhmani Kaur
Famous for its mouth-watering and scrumptious CroDough burger, the Fry-Fry food truck has become a popular dining place not only for the students at Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS), but also amongst the Granada Hills community. Isaiah Rosario, senior and owner of the Fry Fry food truck, continues to challenge society’s expectation of a 17 year old boy’s capabilities through his passion and dedication to cooking. This, in turn, has allowed him to make his first television debut.
On February 9, Rosario appeared on Cooking Channel’s, “Junk Food Flip.” Hosted by Bobby Dean and Nicolette Dinki, the show features the two chefs visiting restaurants around the country and challenging the restaurant owners in making a similar, low-calorie version of the food served at that restaurant.
Rosario was approached for the show after being discovered on culturetrip.com, where his food truck was honored as one of the “Top 5 Food Trucks.”
“I never thought that I would get this opportunity. I got the phone call and was wondering if it was really them,” Rosario said.
In the episode, Rosario cooks his famous CroDough burgers, while Dean and Dinky try to recreate a healthier version. At the end of the episode, Rosario is declared the winner as the public preferred his burgers over the modified healthier burgers that the chefs created. Through this opportunity, Rosario surpassed an important milestone as he became the youngest chef to be featured on the show.
“I feel a sense of pride after being on the show. I have been cooking for three years now and it feels good to be able to cook amongst these two great figures at such an early stage of my career,” Rosario said.
Along with appearing on the cooking show, Rosario was also featured on KTLA news in August for participating in Big Bite Bacon Fest. In the event, Rosario had to make 9,000 deep fried twinkies all by himself for the many people present at the event.
“It was a lot of hard work. I was really tired by the end of it, but I had a lot of fun. It was a new and fun experience and I have to thank Rick Garcia, my mentor and the executive chef at the Hilton, for giving me this opportunity,” Rosario said.
With just a couple of years of experience from running the Fry Fry food truck, Rosario has recently expanded his business through inaugurating the release of his new coffee shop by the end of this month called Our Coffee House. In addition, within this year Rosario intends to open up two more food trucks and a Poke bar. The young chef has applied for Culinary Composition in hopes of getting the scholarship and attending cooking school in order to earn a degree and officially be referred to as “chef.”
At the age of 17, Rosario has a lot on his plate including running his own business and attending school. He explains that the key to his success is not stressing over all of his responsibilities and having a clear vision of goals.
“Life is too short to stress so just follow your dreams. If I can own a restaurant at the age of 15, then anything is possible,” Rosario said.