15-year-old Chase Bailey is more than an autistic teen. He is the host of his own cooking show,
“Cooking is like science. You're mixing things together and seeing what happens. You don't have to be perfect or put pressure on yourself. You can just try and if it works out, great. If it doesn't, then you can throw it out and start over again,” says Bailey who battled with severe food aversions when he was younger, eating only five different food items. The journey to expanding his food choices started with the cooking show “Eat Street,” where he could safely watch without having to touch, smell or even try what the chefs were cooking. All the while, he was learning and becoming more and more interested in a new world of food. Slowly, his list of five food items began to grow and now he has an amazing palate for his age. “The first thing I ate was a hamburger. I had never had one before. Now I'll try just about anything. I've had beef tongue, foie gras, pigeon, etc. My cooking skills are now trying to catch up with my palate.”
In his cookbook released in November,
A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will benefit his foundation, Chase Yur Dreams, that he set up to provide grants to individuals with autism to help them get the education and vocational training they need to secure jobs.
For more information about Bailey, his cookbook and foundation, visit
Photo credit: Chase Bailey