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‘Chef Ramses’ hosts award-winning cooking show – and he’s a sixth-grader

Ramses Ruiz, a Harmon Johnson Elementary School sixth-grader, has been honored by the Dairy Council of California for his YouTube cooking show, “Chef Ramses and Friends.”
Ramses Ruiz, a Harmon Johnson Elementary School sixth-grader, has been honored by the Dairy Council of California for his YouTube cooking show, “Chef Ramses and Friends.” Dairy Council of California

A Sacramento sixth-grader with his own YouTube cooking show has been honored by the Dairy Council of California.

Ramses Ruiz, a Harmon Johnson Elementary School sixth-grader, began work on “Chef Ramses and Friends” at the start of the school year with the help of teacher Sarah Stepanski, says the Dairy Council of California in a release. Ruiz honed his cooking skills and raised money to fund the project.

He focuses on recipes with fruits and vegetables, and strives to encourage families to cook together. His fellow students join him on the show to cook and help taste the results.

“Ramses imbues his food with history, tradition, nutrition and love,” Stepanski says.

Ramses says his greatest compliment is hearing another child say “I want to make that!” He says his motto is “live life with zest and keep cooking.”

The Dairy Council named Ramses a 2017 Student Health All-Star for his efforts.

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