Irvine, California - Mary Bailey was stunned. Her son Chase, two years old, had just been diagnosed with autism. Over the next eight years, Mary struggled to give Chase a good education and help him deal with his learning disabilities. Like many autistic children, Chase had trouble with math and language skills and found it hard to understand and remember things. He also had trouble eating, because the smell and look of the food on his plate overwhelmed him. Mary patiently worked with Chase, trying to help him overcome his dislike for food.
Then something happened that changed Chase’s life. When Chase was eleven, his grandfather began to watch cooking shows with him, and when Chase saw the chefs preparing food, he wanted to try it too. So Mary taught him the basics of cooking, and a whole new world opened up to him. As Chase became more confident, he began to dream of having a cooking show himself. Mary decided to make it happen, and with a camcorder, she taped the first episode of Chase’s show “Chase ‘N Yur Face”. Soon Chase began to spice up his show by adding some comedy and inviting celebrity chefs to join him in the kitchen.
Since then, Chase has met many famous people and has learned to love food. Mary homeschools him so he can learn easier, and he has certainly learned a lot in the few years he has been cooking! Chase is now a happy, confident 13-year-old who knows his way around a kitchen and doesn’t shy away from a camera. He has plans to open his own restaurant someday and would also like to be an actor, director, and producer.