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Celebrity, award-winning Chef Patrick visiting Cardinal Shehan Center on July 30,2018

Bridgeport, CT - July 23, 2018

 Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, or better known as Chef Patrick, grew-up cooking for his younger sister. Now, after a career filled with all sorts of accomplishments and awards, he is still cooking for kids. On July 30th, Chef Patrick will perform a cooking demonstration for the 27 teenagers participating in the Cardinal Shehan Center's 2018 Culinary Arts/Hospitality/Entrepreneurial Young Adulthood Program, funded by the Mayor's Youth Initiative.

Chef Patrick was raised in Jamaica, where he perfected the Caribbean flair that he is best knows for. He started his professional culinary career in his school as an intern and was offered ajob after graduation. He has worked in kitchens on both land and sea, and from the Caribbean to New York City. Simpson has worked for luxury resorts, such as Sandals in the Caribbean; as a Sous Chef for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line; and as an Executive Chef at upscale restaurants such as Negril Village, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, and The Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. If you can't find time to visit one of the many restaurants where you can taste one of Chef Patrick's creations then try watching his show, "Cook-Up with Chef Patrick' on the TEMPO Network.

Chef Patrick's passion for cooking grew out of a need as a child to learn how to prepare meals for his sister and himself when the fridge was bare. His understanding of the realities and difficulties food insecurity motivated him to establish a culinary school, Simpson Culinary Institute, in his hometown of Ocho Rios. Simpson's hope is to educate and inspire others to follow a career path similar to the one he is on. His desire to give back to the people of Ocho Rios. 

Under Chef Patrick's guidance, the Shehan Center teens will prepare a meal that they will also get to enjoy. The Culinary Arts/Hospitality/Entrepreneurial Young Adulthood Program is designed to introduce teenagers to careers in culinary arts and hospitality industries. Participants listen to speakers, take field trips and learn about different types of jobs, social etiquette, resumes, paychecks and taxes, money management and personal finances, and educational opportunities. Threaded throughout the program are hands-on lessons on meal preparation and planning.