Ann Arbor Observer cover
Liberty Alley
Ann Arbor Weather:
Wednesday October 27, 2021
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Sixth-Grade Baker Competes in National Baking Show

Nemo Tsai's pandemic baking hobby earns him fame and a chance at $25,000.

by Trilby MacDonald

Published in December, 2020

Nemo Tsai likes to stay busy. "He's kind of a crazy kid," says his father Paul Tsai. "He has his own interests and he just pursues them." A champion golfer, the Forsythe 6th-grader's days are typically filled with school, golf practice, and working at his family's Japanese restaurant, Godaiko.

In the early days of the pandemic when school was not in session, Nemo started to watch baking videos on Youtube. "We donated sushi to the U-M hospital and I thought it would be fun to add my sweet treats to the bags," says Nemo. "It just blossomed from there," says his father. Nemo's talent caught the attention of the Food Network, and he was invited to compete in the reality show The Kids Baking Championship.

"We found out in May or June that he was going to be on the show," says Paul Tsai. "We know nothing about baking and we thought we have to get Nemo some help. Zingerman's was closed but they do a bunch of teaching, including online Zoom classes in the bakery there. After the Governor relaxed the restrictions, [Zingerman's Bakehouse] allowed Nemo to go in person for private lessons with Meg Panchame."

"It's amazing to have the opportunity to do this show and I hope to do more," says Nemo. "I like where I can share my baking abilities with other people and combine the different flavors and create different cakes." But while baking is an exciting hobby that has gotten him a lot of attention, golf is his first love. "Baking is the backup, golfing is the main thing," he says. Of his packed schedule, Nemo says "It's definitely tiring at times. Dream big and go for it! Anything is possible. Don't let the pandemic stop you, just go for it."

When I spoke with the Tsai's they were in Palm Beach where Nemo was competing in the Honda Classic PGA golf tournament. "I like this part of my life; I get to spend time with my family and I get to travel," says Nemo. "In the show there's a lot of pressure. The pressure of working in the restaurant and playing golf helped train me for the show."

Nemo is sharing his love of golf and baking with his little sister. "She started golfing and she wants to be better than me. She's doing pretty well! I'm trying to train her to bake too."     (end of article)

[Originally published in December, 2020.]

 




 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Perfumes & Gifts by Shalimar Is Gone
Another swift departure on Main St.
Micheline Maynard
New Direction
Jim Harbaugh survived one of U-M's worst football seasons. Now he's shaking up his staff.
Craig Ross, Jan Schlain
Huron River Renaissance
Ann Arbor rediscovers its river
Grace Shackman
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Remembering Professor Don Cameron, by Jeffrey A. Stacey
Writing Coach
When Adam Was spent the biggest game of the season on the bench, he was "hurt and confused."
Jan Schlain
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants
The YMCA Child Development Center
Play-based learning, Covid-cautious
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret
Rocket Fizz Comes to Main St.
Classic and wacky candy in WSG's old spot
Micheline Maynard
SEMI e news
ann arbor summer festival