Jamie Deen inspires culinary graduates

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Almost a dozen culinary students graduated from America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia's Kids Café Community Kitchen program. The ceremony was held Tuesday at Saint John the Baptist Church in Savannah.

Celebrity Chef and board member of America's Second Harvest, Jamie Deen, served as the guest speaker. Deen encouraged the graduates with insight from his personal experiences.

"Today is a beginning point and where they end is up to them," Deen told WTOC. "The program the chef puts them through sets them on the right path to do good things for themselves and better their families."

The graduates completed an 18-week comprehensive course through which they gained both life skills and job skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

"These students do such a great job," Deen said. "They've already begun making changes in peoples' lives for good even before their graduation point, so I'm super proud to be here today."

The culinary arts program at Kids Café Community Kitchen is one of America's Second Harvest's leading initiatives to reduce hunger by ending the cycle of poverty. To learn more about Kids Café Community Kitchen, visit www.helpendhunger.org.

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