13 year old culinary prodigy, Kid Chef Eliana (Eliana de Las Casas), is a Taste Award honoree, a recipient of an award for Special Achievement in the Outstanding Kids category for her role as host of “Cool Kids Cook,” her weekly web radio show on the VoiceAmerica Kids network. The TASTE AWARDS are the highest awards for the Lifestyle Entertainment Industry. Also known as the Tasty Awards, they are the premier broadcast awards show celebrating the year's best achievements in Food, Fashion, Home, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. She will accept her award at a red carpet event in Hollywood, California on January 16, 2014.
Kid Chef Eliana, host of “Cool Kids Cook,” is also a nominee for a Viewer’s Choice Award in the Best Food or Drink Radio Broadcast category. It’s a “People’s Choice” award and anyone can vote. http://tastetv.com/awards/vote.html Voting closes .
The accomplished cook and cookbook author’s weekly radio show, “Cool Kids Cook,” is on VoiceAmerica, the Internet’s largest talk radio network with over 9 million monthly listeners. Notable guests on her radio show feature some of the top chefs in the nation including Jose’ Andres (“Made in Spain” on PBS), Andrew Zimmern (“Bizarre Foods” on Travel Channel), Pastry Chef Gale Gand, Melissa d’Arabian (“Ten Dollar Dinners” on Food Network), White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and so many more. Eliana says, “I’m honored and thrilled to be a Tasty Award recipient! This award means so much to me and I am so grateful.”
Her latest cookbook won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Approved Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation. The full-color, hardcover cookbook entitled Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana (Pelican Publishing) showcases Louisiana recipes that are simplified so that the whole family can cook together. Her third cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit (Pelican Publishing), will debut in Spring 2014.
She has shared the cooking stage with Chef John Besh, filmed with Chef Aaron Sanchez (Food Network) and Chef Carla Hall (ABC’s “The Chew”), and appeared on national television. She was IFCO’s celebrity chef at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in New Orleans in October and was recently featured on the front page of The Produce News.
Her mission is to encourage families to cook together and to inspire kids to become culinary explorers. As Eliana always says, “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”
Neil Brewer spent the first twenty years of his teaching career in 5th and 6th grade classrooms, and has drawn from that journey with students on many occasions in various written forms. For his epic thematic adventure, The Travels of Harmon Bidwell, Neil received The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, and Phi Delta Kappa International published Flying With Both Wings, which tells the story of how 104 year-old Harmon and the highly interactive curriculum of his travels were created. Neil also penned the story, and co-wrote the music for the book and stage performance: Rusty and Dusty, a fun-loving romp of encouragement for young audiences. The author also enjoys playing a variety of instruments, and has performed in two long-running stage productions of A Cotton Patch Gospel. Neil has also taken The 8 O'Clock Bell to the stage of The Derby Dinner Playhouse, to The Ogle Center for the Arts as a member of the Chase Bank Children's Series, and to Hayswood Theatre of Corydon, Indiana. A frequent keynote speaker/performer for special events and conferences across the country, Neil has written hundreds of poems related to personal experiences, and performs the very best of the 'school ones' in his current presentation.
Currently, Neil greatly enjoys his family, his Bentley, his writing, his presentations to students and adults throughout the country, and his work with teachers in his graduate and undergraduate education courses at Indiana University Southeast, in New Albany, Indiana.
To purchase the CD or download go to Neil's website NeilBrewer.com All musical proceeds the band receives are donated to The Harvard Stem Cell Institute to put an end to Muscular Dystrophy. Neil's website also includes animated versions of some of the tracks. Check out the cartoons on YouTube (Click Here). To listen to Neil's music click listen now to Kidstar Radio at the top of this page or check it out on VoiceAmericaKids.com.
A MESSAGE FROM KIDSTAR FOUNDER AND
VOICEAMERICAKIDS PROGRAM DIRECTOR PERRY DAMONE
This idea came to me when I was reading the latest TIME Magazine (August 5, 2013), the cover story read, “IS YOUR CITY NEXT, LESSONS FROM DETROIT’S FIGHT TO SURVIVE” by Rana Foroohar. I don’t have to tell you about the state of the world and the economic situation that faces our children; this is the world we are leaving them. This includes the bankrupt city of Detroit and the chaos that surrounds us, in fact in this specific article it points to the East side of Detroit which has been especially hit hard and decimated with 80,000 empty homes surrounded by empty businesses, 140 square miles. More . . .