August 31, 2012 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Very Rewarding Experience

By Karl Hejlik

Inspired by the life and memory of her six year old daughter Miranda, Luisa Fernanda, a student at the International School of Chefs wanted to do something for children with intellectual disabilities like Miranda, who passed away at the age of 6 from Leukemia. 

Being in the kitchen with her mother and playing in her own little kitchen preparing food was where Miranda excelled, giving hope to her family that she would one day live independently despite having Down syndrome. “A very rewarding experience has been to see how our students, with great dedication, care, delivery and love, prepared food for the athletes,” said Fernanda. 

“We are very proud of our students and what we are achieving with them in such a short time.” These students are not only having a great time preparing food, but they are also learning the necessary skills to build a career path for themselves. The Special Chef’s program helps people with intellectual disabilities construct and refine their food preparation skills so that they might have the opportunity to have a long and beneficial occupation preparing creative cuisines for people of various backgrounds.

About Karl Hejlik: I am SOI's Senior Manager of Health and Research Communications
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