Meet the 1-year-old chef with 1.3 million followers on Instagram


A 1-year-old chef is cooking up a storm on social media, with more than a million followers on Instagram tuning in to “Kobe Eats” to enjoy his baby-faced tutorials.

The bio for “Chef Kobe” says the toddler likes “to cook, eat & explore in the kitchen.”

Videos show Kobe helping to prepare recipes ranging from mac and cheese to Turkish menemen, with a fair bit of tasting and gurgling “commentary” along the way.

Kobe’s mother, Ashley Wian, told CNN the videos began as a way of sharing her son’s excitement in the kitchen with friends and family.

“Cooking is just one of many practical things that Kobe does at home. He has so much fun doing it and such a big, animated personality, I decided to record it to share originally with friends and family,” she said. “We started his Kobe Eats Instagram at the end of February. He had about 200 followers till April 15 then it jumped! 100K, 200K, 500K … we definitely did not anticipate that! “

Wian said she and Kobe’s father Kyle have loved hearing that their son is putting a smile on so many faces all over the world.

“It makes us feel like we’re doing something right as parents to be raising a child who has the capability to make anyone smile with just a laugh! We always get messages from people saying how infectious his personality is,” she said. “We also love that it has encouraged parents to get their kids in the kitchen and sit down and eat as a family, something that is extremely important in our home. “

The couple are “all about hands on learning” and Wian says their kitchen is the perfect place for Kobe to learn and explore — regardless of the mess.

“He investigates new ingredients, feels new textures, learns practical skills like pouring, scooping and measuring. That is why this all started, another practical thing that he can learn so much from. He has fine tuned so many motor skills just by helping me. Yes it gets messy but that’s it. A mess is just a mess! It can be cleaned! The memories we make will last forever.”

Kobe’s cooking show has also captured some milestones — on one video (M&M cookies) — he can be heard saying “Dada” for the first time.

As for Kobe, Wian says he loves the camera and testing the ingredients. His favorite thing to make?

“Anything with cheese, mainly because he gets to eat it.”

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Vanessa Bryant starts Instagram challenge in honor of Gianna’s 14th birthday

Vanessa Bryant also announced a new way that fans can support the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

By Christian Rivas

Friday, May 1, would have been Gianna Bryant’s 14th birthday. Gianna, the second oldest daughter of the four daughters Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had together, had dreams of playing for the University of Connecticut’s illustrious basketball program and, shortly after, the WNBA.

Unfortunately, Gianna, Kobe and seven other people — including two of her basketball teammates — were tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Jan. 26. Gianni is survived by her mother, Vanessa, and her three sisters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

In honor of what would have been Gianna’s 14th birthday, Vanessa started an Instagram challenge on Friday.

“Gianna loved to wear a red bow in all of her school pictures. Red means love and life. To commemorate Gigi’s birthday today, please consider wearing red, caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all and led with kindness. Please use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay,” Vanessa said in her Instagram post.

Vanessa also announced that the bracelets will be sold to benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. A few of them Bryant family’s famous friends, , including Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Clarkson, and Ciara, got their hands (or wrists) on the bracelets earlier than everyone else to help spread the word on Friday.

Kobe’s former teammate, Pau Gasol, and Gasol’s wife, Cat, showed their support for the Bryant family by sending them a cake for Gigi’s 14th birthday. Pau and Cat also sent Vanessa flowers for Kobe and Vanessa’s wedding anniversary, because he’s the best.

It’s hard to fathom what the Bryant family is going through today, so kind gestures from friends and strangers alike are appreciated. If you would like to participate in Vanessa’ Instagram challenge, all you have to do is:

  1. Post a picture of you wearing red
  2. Write an act of kindness you’ve done in the caption

It’s simple enough, and it would mean a lot to the Bryant family.

For more on how you can support the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, visit mambasportsacademy.com/mamba-mambacita-sports-foundation.


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