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Am I the only one??

Saying I'm the ONLY teen who visits Chowhound is pretty broad, but for the short time I've been visiting the site, it seems to be older cooks participating in the threads.

Just to be clear, notice I said OLDER, not OLD ;-P

I love to bake, so I will admit, some of the meals and ingredients mentioned here are a bit out of my range, but that is why I love visiting. It is a learning experience. I believe in steady improvement and by reading different posts and threads, I can venture away from my common yeast breads and attempt to create a much more complicated dish. So with that being said, am I the only teen cook who happens to think this way? Again, I know that is a bold statement, but I can honestly say that to my knowledge, I know of no other younger cook that frequents Chow like I do.

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  1. I'm sure you're not the only one, Lauren. Where there's one, there are bound to be more!

    My 12 year old son often looks over my shoulder when I'm reading up on my threads so I suspect he'll be joining your ranks shortly.

    In the meantime, I think it's great that you spend your time here, learning about something that is not only fascinating and delicious to the soul and palate but is also an incredibly useful and practical skill to have as you go through life.

    I hope you'll continue to participate, and I really look forward to your posts and comments. :)

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    1. re: inaplasticcup

      Just a quick request that he hold off on joining until he's 13. We don't have COPPA protections in place for young members, so we're not able to accept members under the age of 13.

    2. My 16 year old lurks here occasionally, especially when she needs a recipe. She hasn't gone far enough to sign up, though I know that day is coming.

      1. Yeah, and don't be shy about posting about topics that are important to you. Are friends your age interested in cooking? Why/why not? What can adults do to get young people to eat better? Perhaps if we start a dialog, we can get more young people on here.

          1. i started cooking at 12ish..

            if i had the internet back then i would be online like CH here as well....
            and i never stop learning either...watching cooking shows on tv..reading cookbooks..magazines..surfing the net..all kinds of ways to learn....

            but most people also dont volunteer their age either...so there could be more of you young whippersnappers on CH....

            1. Yeah, I'm confident you're in great company.. based on threads I've read thru and participated in that people of all ages participate in CH. And all skill levels. And all education/career backgrounds. Thank goodness. So welcome!

              1. Lauren, you'd probably like reading this teenage Chowhounder's blog.

                http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

                He posts on this website under tldmatrix. Really amazing. I hope he gets over his seafood allergy to become a chef.

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                1. re: Miss Needle

                  That's fantastic, Miss Needle. Thanks for sharing the link with us. I love that people can find their passion(s) so early in life, and he does a great job of writing, too. :)

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Do you recall the thread about the young man who was catering his sisters wedding. He was looking for tips and menu suggestions. It was quite an exciting read.

                    http://www.foodnewsjournal.com/2010/0...
                    Plenty of terrific younger food bloggers are offering up their talents!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        No, I don't remember that thread. If you ever stumble across it, I'd appreciate the link.

                        And it's great hearing about those young bloggers. When I was a teenager, Internet on a consumer basis wasn't around. I didn't even get a computer (Commodore for video games doesn't count) until I was in my early 20s. How things have changed!

                        Plastic, I do hope your son does start to contribute when he hits 13. It's marvelous that he's got an interest in this. He'll be a big hit with his friends!

                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          Miss N, I know that thread is in Home Cooking. Maybe a fellow 'hound will read this and have it saved in their favorites. I should have!

                    1. Laurenjo, considering that CH is just a microcosm of society-at-large (albeit a special-interest group!) I'd bet money that there are other younger folk here - one or two have identified themselves as such. Girlwhocooks is the youngest blogger I can think of right now - I think she's 8. Does your circle of friends also include others who share your passion for cooking? If so, I'd give them a gentle nudge in this direction.
                      Food has always been my truest passion, but when I was 18 there's no way I'd have been able or willing to devote the amount of time to anything indoors, food-related or not, that I do now - I'd have been cooking, or working (yep, something food-related even then) or doing something else, but I don't think I'd have been blogging about it. I could be wrong, because I'm coming from the land of not having had that option, but I think I'm remembering correctly. So maybe that's it; they just don't have the time or the "want" right now to dialogue or write about it. But I bet if you keep writing, you'll find other younger people who share your excitement for food. Welcome to Chowhound, I'm sure you've got great things to share with us!

                      1. Even if you are the only <20 poster here (and I bet you aren't), so what? Your contributions are still welcome. Your experience is still relevant. Your insights are still valuable. As this New Yorker cartoon says...

                        http://www.cartoonbank.com/1993/on-th...

                        on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. Or a teen. And it doesn't make much difference, since it's what you post, not who you are, that counts.

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                        1. Age just isn't important here. Some Hounds self-identify by by referring to spouses or children, but I don't really know the age of most Hounds, and I don't think it's important: Food is food, and the enjoyment thereof, regardless of age.

                            1. re: greygarious

                              I remember that tread as a lurker,I'm amazed at how many of the posters are now gone..disappeared
                              I learned how to cook rice in a pot from one of Sam's posts.

                              1. re: Duppie

                                I was anointed the official scorekeeper on that thread, and I'm still here. For those without the patience to plow through the over 450 posts on it, the final tally of those who participated (78 posters in all) was:

                                The average and median ages were both 43. The youngest poster was 15, the oldest 75. Breakdown by decade: three were in their teens, twenty-five in their 20s, fourteen 30s, eighteen 40s, eighteen 50s, thirteen 60s, five 70s.

                                That was a couple of years ago but I doubt the balance has changed all that much. But soupkitten's right - it doesn't matter what your age is, it matters what you know and are willing to share.

                              1. read "official" stat that the average hound's age is 44
                                -- so what is that, in dog years? ;-P

                                i am 36. there are a lot of people here who know stuff and a lot of people who are learning. everyone can teach, everyone can learn, and nobody knows everything.