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American Celebrity Chef treats special needs children

Digicel | 2014-09-28 00:00:00

While embarking on a culinary tour of Jamaica, American celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen shared his healthy creations with the children of the Early Stimulation Plus Childhood Development Centre during a lunch time treat on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Held at the centre’s East Kingston base, the chef treated over 100 Special Needs students to vegetarian wraps.  Chef Judson is CEO and Executive Chef of Healthy Infused Cuisine, a premium cuisine company that provides customized personal and event services for clients who desire healthier food choices. The chef is a former season eight finalist of popular American reality show ‘Food Network Star’ and has catered for the likes of TV host Steve Harvey and broadcast network NBC.

Chef Judson emphasizes philanthropy in his work and contributes his time and resources to organizations such as Reed For Hope and the Jamie Foxx Foundation. He is currently in the island as part of the launch of The Melting Pot Movement introduced by Jamaican Kesi Gibson. The movement, which is based in New York, is a social impact initiative of Gibson’s fashion house Kyu Melange.

Gibson is filming Chef Judson’s tour for a culinary documentary that will be submitted for consideration to a number of film festivals. Some of the documentary will also be used in the global documentary for The Melting Pot Movement with local contributions from Jay Will Films and photography by William Richards.

She said, “I started the movement as a platform dedicated to amplifying the relationship between the individual and the artist. Through the lens of fashion, beauty, music and contemporary art, The Melting Pot Movement gives life to the untold narrative of a global people.”

Digicel Foundation partnered with The Melting Pot Movement to facilitate the lunch treat for the Stimulation-Plus students and organised the overall video feature on the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP). According to Chief Executive Officer of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle, the Foundation was delighted to work with the movement and Chef Judson on shedding light on the work and challenges faced by institutions for special needs children.

She said, “The ESP is an initiative that we hold close to our hearts at Digicel Foundation having worked closely with them over the years. Through this endeavour we not only wanted to treat the children but also to show Chef Judson what facilities like Stimulation-Plus are doing,  and highlight where the institution is coming from and the challenges they face on the road to becoming one of our top Centres of Excellence.” According to Chantrelle she hopes this documentary will put international focus on the needs of these children so that more persons will provide much needed assistance.

Interviews for the documentary were conducted with Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier, CEO, Digicel Foundation Samantha Chantrelle, Special Needs Programme Manager at Digicel Foundation Judine Hunter and Executive Director of the ESP Antonica Gunter-Gayle.


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