In this weekend’s NYT Magazine, Carina Chocano profiled a talented 15-year-old chef named Flynn McGarry who has apprenticed in well-regarded dining establishments like Alinea in Chicago and Eleven Madison Square Park in New York. McGarry plans to move to New York when he is 17 to work at a restaurant, and hopefully start work on his own restaurant at 19. His talent and ambition is impressive.
But as L.V. Anderson points out in Slate, as talented as McGarry is, he has been able to do much of the things he has accomplished so far thanks to the wealth of his family and the connections they have.