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Helping young adults in their trainings
Competition for adults with Developmental Disabilities
2015, Rotarian Emmanuel requested a small community grant (CSG) of $500 to help
with Culinary Competition to help a local (in South of France) vocational
school for people with disabilities of Salernes, France. They organized (alas a year after the
original planned date) in June of 2015 a “Master Chef” type competition between
various local culinary school for people with Developmental Disabilities.
local vocational school for people with disabilities of Salernes, France, has
programs to train people with disabilities as laundry workers, garden and
grounds keepers and cooks and restaurant employees. This CSG will provide
prizes for the top three chefs in a competition.
CSG Project benefited 1) People with developmental disabilities in culinary
training. They will cherish the prizes forever, as these will be a recognition
of their achievements. We will get the help of a local very well known chef to
select the prizes that will make an impact to them. And 2) Rotary in general
and Rotary eClub One for the huge visibility created by this event.
Rotary eClub One Rotarian’s personal involvement with the CSG Project included volunteering
in many areas of the local school for people with Developmental Disabilities:
In conjunction with the local Rotary Club, he led a walkathon to raise funds
for exercise equipment on the lawn of one of their programs , he started a very
successful philatelic group meeting twice a month for the 20 workers in Garden
Maintenance and Laundry Training and is volunteering in many areas as needed
including member of the Quality of Life Committee of the center.
the first time ever, the school will organize a cooking contest between various
training culinary school for people with disabilities. The $500 represents
about 1/10th of the total budget for this project: the funds from Rotary eClub
One will be spent to purchase the three main prizes. This would be in
conjunction with funds from the Center itself, the local bank, the local Rotary
Club among others.
eClub One will be mentioned prominently as the providers of the prizes,
increased by the participation of the famous Chef, newspaper coverage, and
certainly the Rotary eClub One logo on the prizes. Emmanuel was personally involved in the press
letter from the organizing establishment was included:
Letter from the IME, local center for people with
Mr. President of
Rotary eClub One
have the honor to contact you for the organization of an event between centers
for handicapped youth. This event will
promote our new training restaurant that should be ready for opening in March
2015 in order to valorize the young workers with their leader Mr. Roch.
The IME of Salernes
hosts young people with mental handicaps between the ages of 6 and 20 and
mission of our center is to prepare the young ones toward a vocational
direction as adults. Within our center
we have a section to initiate them to a profession and the first step toward
that formation to integrate them within a regular professional setting or one
more adapted to people with handicaps.
Our center is in the process to be
enlarged. In March 2015 we will be ready
for a boarding school for ten individuals with autism plus a training area for
that professional initiation.
The event we are
planning to organize will be comprised of different alike centers in the
area. A contest will be organized just
as seen on TV like Top Chef except this one will be with people with
are looking for sponsors knowing that this event will definitely be covered in
the local medias. We already have
already contacted the Rotary eClub One, The Auberge de Moustiers owned by very
famous Chef Alain Ducasse, La Bastide du Calalou, another famous restaurant and
Chateau de Berne, one of the largest wine producer of fine wine around here.
are looking for people helping us organize the event, for famous recognize
chefs as Jury, for prizes of the contest and/or money to purchase the
ingredients of the contest. This event
would take place late spring or early summer and needs to be developed and
defined with the other centers for people with developmental disabilities
around. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any other question you may
have on these exciting project.
Henri Badell, Director of IME Salernes.
On July 4, 2016, the local newspaper reported:
“The Chefs of Center
for handicapped in the kitchen”
A new training restaurant was inaugurated last In May 2015
in Salernes. “The Pine Tree Terrace” was
created as the first Professional training for people with developmental
disabilities. Quickly an idea to
organize some kind of Top Chef competition between various similar centers came
up to validate the quality and progress the students and the teachers made.
The idea was to put in competition the students of various
For this first competition, they came from Saint Antoine, Le
Colombier and Salernes. They all got
together last week in order to cook.
They drew to decide who will cook a Spanish hors d’oeuvre, a French
entrée or an Italian dessert. They all
had 3.5 hours to prepare the meal they were assigned to. A selected jury composed of the city
representative, the directors of the various schools and a local Rotarian ate
the meal. The students showed the
talents and competencies learned throughout the year thanks to their
After the completion of the meal and discussions, the
trophies created in ceramic by a local pottery called Gasoline where handed out
by the jury. These prizes were financed
by the Rotary eClubOne in Colorado, USA thanks to their president Emmanuel
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