(Miami, FL) – Celebrity chefs are the rock stars of the food world, but it’s easy to forget that even the most successful chefs had to start somewhere. On Thursday, November 17, TLC & Discovery Family Channel explore the lives of three celebrity chefs and their individual missions to help others and give back to the community in the one-hour special UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, based on the best-selling cookbook by Hilary Gumbel, with all royalties donated to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund). The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.
In UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, produced by Discovery Studios, chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia allow viewers unprecedented access into their private worlds as they visit the people and causes that inspire their passion for giving. Highlighting the initiatives and innovations that the chefs spearhead in their personal time, including their volunteer work with UNICEF, Family Reach, City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver, the special documents those whose lives are being touched firsthand while also exploring the many ways the chefs are being changed in the process. UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD explores each chef’s roots through never-before-seen photos and home videos in an effort to understand how their modest upbringings led to lifelong missions to give back in very big ways. The common ingredient that influences these masters of the culinary universe is their deep connection to their roots and a strong desire to use their fame and success to help those in need.
“UniChef: Uniting Through Food is more than a television special or book,” said executive producer and author Hilary Gumbel. “It’s about how we unite with our favorite chefs to give thanks, help others and create a recipe with the core ingredients of compassion and love.”
In support of the world premiere of UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, Discovery Family will launch SHARE YOUR THANKS on Monday, October 24, a campaign that captures the spirit of giving thanks all month long by asking viewers to acknowledge the people in their lives that have gone the extra mile. From October 24 – November 24, fans are encouraged to submit custom “Thank You” videos, photos and/or messages via social media using #ShareYourThanks #Contest for a chance to see your posts on Discovery Family’s website and digital outlets. Plus, all approved submissions are entered to win an all-access paid family reunion to a destination of the winner’s choice in the continental U.S. complete with airfare, lodging and $1,000 in cash.
“At Discovery Family, nothing is more important than family and acknowledging the people in your lives who constantly go out of their way to make a positive impact,” said Angela Recio Sondon, Vice President of Discovery Family Channel. “Hilary Gumbel, her book and the entire cast of UniChef: Uniting Through Food instill those values and recognize that generosity and goodwill should always be celebrated. We’re honored to be partnering with such great talent.”
UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD is produced for TLC and Discovery Family Channel by Discovery Studios. Hilary Gumbel is the executive producer and Lynn Kessler is the co-executive producer for Discovery Studios. Michela Giorelli and Javier Chuecos are the executive producers for Discovery Family Channel. To learn more, visit http://www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.