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Family and food take center stage in this heartfelt middle grade story perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Antony John.

For as long as he can remember, Curtis Pith has been obsessed with becoming a chef like Lucas Taylor, host of Super Chef. And Curtis has a secret: Taylor is actually his long-absent father.

So when Taylor announces a kids-only season of Super Chef,
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: July 6th 2021 by HarperCollins
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    Emily Carpenter
    Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Who knew that just what I needed in this bleak winter was such a heartwarming book? Super Chef is full of soul and delicious food and a level of complexity that you might not expect. I loved how adept all the kids were in the kitchen but had a lot to learn outside of it, and the adults all felt real and fully integrated into the narrative. The challenges of being on a reality show were deftly captured, as well as the emotional pressure. By the unexpected ending, I was totally swept away by the b ...more
    Zachary Steele
    Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    One part Willy Wonka, one part MasterChef Junior, The Last Super Chef is a whirlwind of a story in the hands of a master storyteller. Chris Negron opens your heart to 11-year-old Curtis Pith and his deep-rooted need to both save his family and connect with the Super Chef himself—the man he believes to be his father. From the precise descriptions of cooking techniques to the dishes and ingredients the young chef manages, readers will be drawn into the culinary world as if they had never been else ...more
    Toni
    Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky to read an advance copy of Chris Negron’s newest book, The Last Super Chef. This is a great read for anyone who cooks or watches cooking shows. It’s also a wonderful example of how to think of children. The young people in this book are intelligent, competitive, and empathic individuals. In other words, they are wholly human!

    In addition, the book finds a way to include themes and lessons that benefit readers of all ages. As a middle level teacher, I certainly think the children I kno
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    Meghan
    Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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    This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    I absolutely loved this book. Being fans of kid food competition shows and previously reading Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams, I knew I was in for quite the treat with The Last Super Chef. Curtis' story was super relatable and the plot twist of the century that the host of The Last Super Ch
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    George Weinstein
    Chris Negron knows how to create suspense, sympathy for his characters, and a satisfying ending. All of these ingredients help to make The Last Super Chef a terrific read!
    Ms. Yingling
    May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Curtis loves watching the television show The Last Super Chef, especially since he has a secret-- his mother told him in second grade that his father is Lucas Taylor, although he's never met the man. When a contest is announced that will lead to five children being on the show, Curtis and his friend Tre decide to send in a video. Curtis' family- his mother and younger sister Paige- struggle financially, especially after his mother loses her job. Curtis is worried
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    michelle
    * I received a copy of this through NetGalley in return for my honest opinion.

    This was a cute concept, but had a lot of things that didn't work for me. Young Curtis Pith dreams of being a chef, not just because he enjoys it, though he really does, but because he thinks that it is in his blood, he believes that Super Chef Lucas Taylor is his father. When the Super Chef announces that not only will this be his last season but that he is hosting a competition for 5 kids who could be the next chef,
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    Stephanie Rivera
    Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was such a good book. The show in the book was very reminiscent of Hell’s Kitchen and it was so much fun to read about Curtis and how he loved to cook and was so excited to audition for the Last Super Chef since he is so passionate about cooking. His sister is so cute being his sous chef and his best friend Tre who helped them film the audition video when they broke in to their landlord’s house. Curtis just idolizes Lucas Taylor who is Super Chef but he resents him as well since he thinks t ...more
    Susan
    Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars!!
    Curtis has been a faithful viewer of the show Super Chef since he was seven, and as a result he’s developed amazing talents in the kitchen. He can cook anything from appetizers to desserts, as well as international dishes for his younger sister and his mom in their tiny apartment kitchen. The descriptions of his dishes (especially the cupcakes - YUM!) will leave you drooling and wishing he would take over your kitchen. When the Super Chef unexpectedly announces the show is ending, Cur
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    Yapha
    May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was a really fun read, especially for fans of cooking shows like Top Chef, Chopped, and The Great British Bake-Off. Curtis Pith has loved cooking since he was in second grade, when an off-handed comment by his mother led him to believe that Lucas Taylor, The Super Chef, was actually his father. He believes that cooking is in his blood and is his destiny. This isn't easy since his mother can't always afford to buy the ingredients he wants. But he makes due with what he can, whipping up fun m ...more
    Rebecca Morrell
    Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I was lucky enough to receive this book as a digital ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Young elementary and upper elementary kids will love this book about young aspiring chef Curtis Pith. Don't let his bitter name fool you, Curtis has the confidence that he was born to be a chef, even though many times his mom couldn't afford the ingredients. So when Curtis is able to enter the contest of his dreams, The Last Super Chef and meet Chef Lucas Taylor, his hero, he jumps at the ...more
    Melinda
    Isaac and I read this ARC together at bedtime. He loves cooking competitions so this was tailor-made for him, and he liked it a lot (in spite of the main character acting, in Isaac's words "cringey" throughout). I thought the book could have benefitted from lopping off a bunch of pages' worth of internal monologue, which got kind of repetitive after awhile. I will for sure buy this for my library. ...more
    Emily
    Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Thanks to #NetGalley for this early read in exchange for an honest review. I loved this middle grade book SO much! Curtis lives with his mom and his sister and they are barely making it by. Curtis enters to compete on a cooking show for kids. He also thinks the host, "The Super Chef" is his father.
    I think this book will teach kids some great life lessons and also maybe inspire them to start cooking as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on a hard copy of this book!
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    Capturing Luminous
    May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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    The Last Super Chef by Chris Negron

    This was such a heartfelt story! A fun combination of Iron Chef and Willy Wonka, with great themes of family and friendship. This middle grade novel is perfect for young readers with a love for the culinary arts.

    This books will be coming in July, 2021.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!
    Karen Trier
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Fun middle grade story about a cooking competition. Some predictable moments, but interesting characters.
    Heidi
    Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent! More coming later.
    Leo Penha
    Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Chris Negron's writing flows so well it's hard to put this book down. The story takes unexpected twists and turns and I was with Curtis, the protagonist, the whole way. Each challenge had a theme and, like Curtis, I caught myself trying to guess them each time.
    The ending had a few surprises that bought tears to my eyes as I lived and learned through these wonderful characters.
    Even if you aren't into cooking shows, you will still enjoy this read. I highly recommend it.
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    Haylie
    Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
    Curtis Pith is an amazing cook who is always cooking up something delicious for his mom and younger sister Paige. And every Wednesday night he tunes into his favorite show: The Super Chef. Curtis has a secret, the Super Chef, Lucas Taylor, is his absentee father. Things at home aren’t always easy as his single mom struggles to keep jobs and pay the rent. So, when Lucas Taylor announces the final season of the Super Chef is going to a kids only season with a grand prize of $250,000, Curtis decide ...more
    Nicole
    Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    It's Willy Wonka meets MasterChef Junior!

    Curtis Pith was born to cook. So when he has a chance to enter a reality show cooking competition for kids, he’s all in. It’s the chance of a lifetime - not just because the prize money could change his whole life, but because he could finally meet his long absent dad, Lucas Taylor, the one and only Super Chef.

    With wit, grit and determination, Curtis and his fellow Last Super Chef contestants learn keys to cooking and life. But who will ultimately end up
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