Summit Preparatory student competes, cooked on Steve Harvey’s show

Molly Leighninger, a seventh-grader at The Summit Preparatory School, created the Molly Burger on the menu at Gettin' Basted restaurants in Springfield, Nixa and Branson.

The first time Molly Leighninger entered a cooking competition she was a few days shy of her fifth birthday.

“I got third place,” she said. “I just knew. I loved that feeling.”

She was hooked. Now, at age 13, she is a veteran of 35 cooking competitions with plans to enter more.

“I just love cooking, in general. It’s another way to be creative and to show that you can really do anything,” she said. “When you look back on it, you’re like, ‘Wow, I made that dish.'”

Cooking runs in the family. She is the daughter of Brad Leighninger, an award-winning chef and restaurant owner known for his barbecue.

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