Proof that it's never too late to get your big break.
Carlos “Tito Charly” Elizondo
Credit: YouTUbe

Unless you've been in a coma for three months, you're probably aware that the current pandemic has both deprived many people of their jobs and given those lucky enough to keep working a lot more time to spend around the house. For many, that's translated into a newfound obsession with baking or cooking.

But no matter how much you've done in the kitchen over the past few months, I'd be willing to bet you've got nothing on 79-year-old Carlos "Tito Charly" Elizondo. In the months since he was forced to give up his part-time job as a bagger at a grocery store in Monterrey, Mexico, Tito Charly has reinvented himself as a master YouTube chef, flexing his cooking skills while putting any grandparent (or even parent) you've tried to teach how to use Zoom to shame.

Over the past few weeks, Tito Charly has uploaded a handful of recipes to his channel, covering dessert, snacks, and some delicious meals that are totally doable for anyone following along at home. With help from one of his daughters behind the camera and a grandson pitching in with technological assistance, he's amassed well over 87,000 subscribers in just a few weeks.

Continuing a legacy of entrepreneurship that Mexican news outlet Reforma says dates back to his younger days, Tito Charly isn't just walking YouTube audiences through recipes, but marketing his own line of ingredients featured in the video as well. That includes the chorizo and cheese from his bacon-and-chorizo grilled cheese recipe, sourced from local artisans. Ever the hustler and tech wizard, he's using Whatsapp to sell the products to fans across multiple cities.

For now, you can catch a new episode of Tito Charly's cooking show every Sunday on his YouTube channel. Whether you're looking to try out a new recipe, brush up on your Spanish, or just watch a charming elderly gentleman have some fun in the kitchen, his videos are well worth your time.

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