New Zealand’s Newest Grill Master is 13 Years Old!

Auckland teen, Nate Lawson has beaten 27 adults, some of them three times his age, to win the grand prize at a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) competition.

Nate has become the youngest Kiwi ever, and one of the youngest people in the world, to qualify for the SCA World Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, where he and about 17 other qualifying New Zealanders will head – COVID restrictions allowing – in March 2022.

Lawson has only been grilling competitively for about a year, as part of a team called Burnt Beginnings with dad Alex, mum Anna and his 11-year-old sister Phoebe.

Lawson won first place, beating the 2020 National Champion and others, to pocket $1000 and what’s known as a “golden ticket” to the world steak championships.