Farhan belongs to the sister Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim community.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: When Farhan Momin was seven years old, he’d play assistant to mom in the kitchen, given the responsibility of cutting up fresh vegetables — with a kid-friendly knife, of course. Now the 25-year-old Duluth native, a dental student, is in the running to be the next “MasterChef.”
“I still can’t believe it,” Momin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
When asked what he’d do with the prize money, Momin said he’ll probably be donating most of the cash to his parents’ retirement fund to thank them for their lifelong support.
“I want them to go enjoy their lives,” he said of his parents, who immigrated from India to the United States in hopes of establishing a brighter future for their children. “It’s the least I can do.”
But even if he doesn’t win big, Momin said the opportunity to chase his passion and cook for some of his culinary idols has been spectacular and humbling.
“I want anyone who feels trapped between having to choose to be a successful professional or chasing your creative dreams to know you can do both and be successful at both,” the fourth-year Midwestern University dental student and Emory University alum said. “You just have be willing to do the hard work.”