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The Fit Chef
Andre Carthen blazed a unique path FROM up-and-coming performer to a culinary powerhouse — with help from a few world-famous women along the way.
Chef Andre Carthen has worked with some of the world’s biggest celebrities — Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Kathy Ireland — but he might never have ended up a chef if not for one very well-timed gift basket.
At the time, Carthen was an actor, dancer and singer who loved to cook in his free time. One year, Carthen was looking for a way to show his appreciation to his management team; so, he says, “I sort of just baked up a huge holiday basket!”
Supermodel Kathy Ireland also happened to be part of the same management team. Though Carthen couldn’t have known it then, Ireland was so impressed — both by his food and the thoughtfulness of his gesture — that she would ultimately change his life.
CALLED TO THE KITCHEN
Carthen didn’t start out cooking for the rich and famous. He was born in Connecticut and, he says, “raised on [his] mother’s apron strings.” But something other than his mother seems to have been calling Carthen into the kitchen from a very early age. “My mom told me that she woke up at 3am when I was little, and I was just sitting on the kitchen floor with everything pulled out of the cabinets,” he says, “conjuring up something in the middle of the night.” He’d go on to cook often for his mother and sister as he grew up. But Carthen’s career was calling him away from the kitchen — specifically to act, sing and dance on Disney’s Fantasy cruise liner. It was there he met Chef Johnny Rivers, who was then executive chef at Disney World. Though Carthen still saw himself as a performer at the time, he sees Rivers as having “started [his] culinary curiosity,” Carthen remembers. “[Rivers] was the first African-American chef I had ever met and the fact that he was an executive chef was so awesome!” Though his brush with Rivers had planted Carthen’s first ideas of a culinary career, his next step was to move to New York City to pursue acting. He laughs heartily as he remembers nights of cooking for his fellow theater gypsies. “I was like the big rooster or mother hen,” he says. “I would tell them late at night: Don’t get fast food! Get over here, and I’ll make a mess of greens, a pumpkin pie.”
When Carthen was cast in Kiss of the Spider Woman, which then starred Vanessa Williams, the idea of working with a well-known performer was initially intimidating. “I heard the horror stories about some of the stars who you weren’t supposed to look at — much less talk to,” Carthen recalls. Fortunately, Vanessa did not turn out to be that kind of diva. They even ended up sharing meals together on more than one occasion. “She was like: Let’s just hang!” Carthen says.
Perhaps Carthen’s highest-profile acting performance came when he moved to LA and was cast as Harry Belafonte in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry. But even after that success, he ended up attending audition after fruitless audition. One day, he found himself in an elevator, looking around at his fellow actors, running lines and panicking, and he thought to himself, “I don’t know if I can do this forever.”
Thanks to Kathy Ireland, he wouldn’t be doing it much longer at all.
FOOD COMES TO THE FOREFRONT
About a year after she had sampled his holiday gift basket, Ireland approached Carthen. “She was starting a food and entertainment brand for her company,” Carthen remembers. And she wanted Carthen on board.
Supermodel-turned-CEO Kathy Ireland (whose 1989 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover is still that magazine’s best-selling issue of all time) had evolved into an accomplished businesswoman. Founded in 1993, kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW) serves a wide range of consumers with a product line that includes fashion, jewelry, skin care, accessories, and furnishings for home, office and outdoors. (She also recently launched a pet line and is kicking off a shoe line!) Listed as the 28th-most-powerful brand globally, kiWW boasts annual merchandise sales of $2 billion. Ireland has even graced the cover of Forbes, which dubbed her “Super Model, Super Mogul.”
The job Ireland was offering would require Carthen to wear many hats, including that of chef. Together, they developed ACafe Society, a brand that helps people learn and communicate about cooking and entertaining. “She was willing to take a huge chance on me. She gave me the courage to take the next step in my life,” he explains.
THE ESSENCE OF GREAT LIFE
Carthen says that, unlike other celebrity-fronted companies, Ireland is much more than a figurehead, and their partnership eventually extended beyond the kitchen in extraordinary ways. For example, Carthen ended up appearing in all seven of the supermodel’s Platinum Fitness videos. This helped ignite his passion for fitness and earned him his nickname: “The Fit Chef.”
This, in turn, led to his teaming with Janet Jackson on her first book, True You, a New York Times #1 best seller, to which Carthen contributed over 30 healthy meal plan recipes (check out one of them, opposite page). “I was absolutely freaking out!” Carthen says of getting the opportunity to work with the pop-music legend. “She’s an icon!”
Carthen worked with Jackson to develop a variety of meal plans, ranging from meals the singer could take on the road to recipes that would help people who battle high blood pressure. “She wanted flavor, low-sodium, family- and kid-friendly,” says Carthen.
As he experimented, Carthen conducted several mini-tastings with the singer, including one that happened to coincide with the anniversary of her brother Michael’s death. “She was so genuine, so gracious, so shy and yet so sweet on that day,” he remembers. “She was a model for how we should all conduct ourselves, no matter what we may be going through in our lives.”
Another person Carthen came to see as a model of good conduct during their time working together was Elizabeth Taylor. “Whenever Elizabeth Taylor spoke to you — no matter how many people were around or how many cameras had snapped just moments before,” he recalls, “she listened to every word, without ever losing eye contact. She was an amazing human being.”
Carthen is grateful that these iconic women touched his life. “I was mentored by some great ladies, including my mom,” he says, his face breaking into a radiant smile. “I learned that you must follow your passion and that your passion must be of service to others in some way, no matter if you’re gay, straight, black or white. If you’ve lived your life and can said, ‘I hope I have made someone’s life better,’ that’s what matters. That’s the essence of a great life.”
By Wade Rouse
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Featured recipe – ‘True You’
Roasted Corn & Cherry Tomatoes with Sweet Peas & Basil
Recipe by Chef Andre Carthen
From True You
In a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add corn and sauté until just cooked, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl and let cool. Add peas, tomatoes, olive oil, chipotle powder, basil and pine nuts. Drizzle with a little olive oil, season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.Serve at room temperature.
We invite you to take a look at ‘What’s Cook’n” with kathy ireland Worldwide Design Ambassador Chef Andre Carthen – Chef and Menu Creator for True You: Janet Jackson’s Number 1 NYTimes best seller.Black Hollywood Live (video)Black Hollywood Live hosts Jessica King and Nick Perdue interview special guest Chef Andre Carthen. Chef Andre Carthen a.k.a. the Fit Chef, where he talks about food, fashion, fitness, healthy eating, products, career and life.Stroke Recovery Center - Celebrity Chef Andre Carthen Prepares Three Course Meal in Support of Stroke Recovery CenterPalm Desert Food & Wine Festival - Our Chef Andre once again joined a team of the Food Network and award winning chefs in a celebration of Fashion & Food.…and stay tune for updates on…President Ronald Reagan Library – Adventure beyond the Stars Gala
Join Celebrity Chef Andre Carthen – In a celebration of “Healthy Living” – St. John’s Hospitals Adventure Gala
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Kathy Ireland was a big supermodel in the 80s and 90s, and turned that fame first into a line of socks and then eventually a licensing operation that sells more than Martha Stewart. Seriously, she has her name on billions of dollars worth of things like furniture, floors, mattresses, and windows. Every model wants a fashion line, but by skipping the glamorous stuff and putting her name on seemingly random household items for “busy moms in the Midwest,” Ireland has become by far the richest model/mogul we’ve turned up.
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/4/14 5:31 PM
It’s not easy being pro-life in Hollywood. Tinseltown USA is notorious for its left-wing politics and actors and actresses who push all sorts of political causes that are politically correct or en vogue at the time.
But when it comes to abortion, a few Hollywood celebrities and entertainment icons are willing to speak out and say they are pro-life. Here are a few of them, in their own words:
Kathy Ireland rose to fame in the 1980s as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. In 2011, Ireland was the keynote speaker at the Council for Life’s annual luncheon, where she professed her religious beliefs and detailed her journey from being an advocate for women’s right to choose to become a pro-life supporter.
As a supermodel who graced the covers of magazines world wide, Kathy Ireland told over 300 people gathered in Columbia, Mo., on September 24 she was told by photographers to “shut up and pose.” Now this design company mogul tells those fighting for the pro-life cause to “speak the truth and never let anyone silence you.”
The former Sports Illustrated (SI) swimsuit cover model considered herself a “Pro-Choice Christian” until she dove into the medical books of her husband, an emergency room doctor. She used those science texts to even change her husband’s view on abortion. Then she did something many told her not to do—go on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Politically Incorrect” and take the pro-life view.
“I was told it was a lose-lose situation and would kill my business. But I thought if I did this maybe one woman watching wouldn’t kill her baby,” Ireland shared. Thankfully she had a business partner who encouraged her to do it, saying if one woman watching cancelled her abortion appointment, it would be so worth it.”
kathy ireland Worldwide has partnered with E-filliate to create a line of mobile technology accessories under the new brand kathy ireland Connect.
The multi-year agreement will see the partners develop a range of tech accessories including smartphone cases, earphones, car and wall chargers, tech cleaning products, connection cables, styluses and Bluetooth devices that draw from the kiWW aesthetic.
“Wes Sumida, Steven Torr and the exciting E-filliate team are incredible people. When we met and began discussing the infusion of fashion into these product categories, we knew there was no other company to consider,” says said Kathy Ireland, chief executive officer and chief designer, kiWW. “E-filliate is an industry leader and we are excited to continue expanding our brand into technology. It is our plan to develop the Jardin and ACafé Society collections within this partnership.”
In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Jessica King, Nick Perdue and Megan Thomas interview special guest Chef Andre Carthen.
Chef Andre Carthen a.k.a. the Fit Chef, is featured in Kathy Ireland’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he contributed over 30 recipes for a healthy meal plan.
“True You” takes Celebrity Chef Andre’s exquisite recipes and transforms them into something anyone can do if they have a desire to stay healthy and lean while eating the foods they love. Chef Andre is the only African American to be appointed to the Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council.
He is often asked to bring his culinary awareness to the media and has appeared on popular radio & television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “Anderson Cooper”, “Soap Talk”, “EXTRA”, “Inside Hollywood”, “Sunday Dinner”, “Brave Heart Women”, “Healthy Women Healthy World”, “Get Real Live”, Breakfast Television / City TV”, “New Day Northwest”, “Walking on Eggs”, “On the Red Carpet” …
…and has appeared in Forbes, Palm Springs Life, Media Planet- USA Today, Desert Sun, Desert Out, and Furniture Today.
When CEO and Chief Designer Kathy Ireland saw a need for easy and nutritious home cooking ideas for families, she asked her good friend Chef André to partner with her to bring culinary solutions to families. Together they developed the ACafe Society Brand, a place where everyone can learn and communicate about cooking, and entertaining. ACafe Society by Celebrity Chef Andre is about food, fashion, fitness and fun! ….and fun means culture and entertainment. ACafe products range from Knives, Pot & Pans, Rugs, Furniture, Top of Bed, Accessories, Lighting, Wall Art, Table Top, Jewelry, Skincare, and our Candles, which have received one of the brands many Good Housekeeping Seals of Approval.
Along with his long standing partnership with Kathy Ireland, having appeared in all seven of Kathy’s platinum fitness videos (which launched his passion for fitness), Andre has had the privilege of working with Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, Marilyn Mc Coo and others. Besides his passion for food and fitness, chef Andre devotes his time to several non-profits like the Dream Foundation, Feeding America, and the Stroke Recovery Center.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 27, 2014
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kathy Ireland is partnering with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), which represents the doctors who specialize in endoscopy and colon cancer screening, on a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) to encourage those 50 and over to undergo screening for colon cancer. Colon cancer kills approximately 50,000 people each year, but it doesn’t have to. Many of those deaths could be prevented with earlier detection. Women are at equal risk as men for colon cancer. Colonoscopy screening for colon (or colorectal) cancer is particularly valuable because it allows the doctor to find polyps – growths in the colon or rectum that may become cancer – and remove them before the polyps have the opportunity to turn into cancer. The broadcast PSA, “Staying Healthy for Family,” is a part of ASGE’s public outreach initiatives for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. The PSA can be found on ASGE’s YouTube channel.
“Everyone wants to stay healthy for their family and part of a healthy lifestyle if you are 50 or over includes getting screened for colon cancer,” said Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer for kathy ireland Worldwide®. “As a wife, mother of three and business owner, I know how hectic life can get, but I took time out of my busy schedule to get screened for colon cancer. I’m delighted to be partnering with ASGE to encourage colon cancer screening. If like me, you are 50 or over, or you have a family history of colon cancer, please talk with your doctor about getting screened; it could save your life.”
Kathy Ireland, who has been named by UCLA as one of the Top 10 Women’s Health Advocates, is celebrated for her philanthropic activism and funding, working vigorously for the care and treatment of Downes disease, ADL, and in the war against HIV/AIDS. In addition to her service as Chair Person for the March of Dimes and work on numerous other health issues including her mother’s annual 30 mile walk to fund breast cancer research. Kathy is, as well, a powerful activist for veterans, global poverty eradication, education and family issues, with a specific focus on women, children and families.
With Kathy’s newest passion to partner actively in the declaration of war on colon cancer, she has found time in her busy schedule to volunteer and share a very personal message on being screened for colon cancer. In this unique and personal Public Service Announcement for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Kathy talks about the importance of family and why getting screened for this largely preventable disease is essential for staying healthy, starting at age 50. Many people in the public avoid frank discussions about age and personal health. Kathy does not. In 1993, Kathy launched kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW), a lifestyle brand described by Forbes as “a 2 billion dollar design empire.” kiWW is the 28th most powerful licensed brand on earth, according to Licensed Global magazine.
“We’re excited to be working with Kathy Ireland to spread the word that colon cancer screening saves lives,” said Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FASGE, president, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. “A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that colon cancer screening rates remain too low. Approximately one in three adults (ages 50 to 75 years) are not being tested for colon cancer, a largely preventable disease. Studies have confirmed that screening is a contributing factor to declining colon cancer death rates. ASGE recommends that, beginning at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colon cancer should begin screening.”
Colon cancer is considered a silent killer because often there are no symptoms until it is too late to treat. Age is the single most important risk factor for the disease, so even people who lead a healthy lifestyle can still develop polyps and cancer. All men and women age 50 or over should talk to their doctor about the colon cancer screening method that is best for them.
The broadcast PSA directs viewers to ASGE’s colon cancer awareness website, www.screen4coloncancer.org. The site offers visitors a wealth of information including facts about colon cancer and screening options, what to expect during a colonoscopy, answers to frequently asked questions, links to patient support and advocacy groups, informational videos, and how to find a qualified gastrointestinal endoscopist. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable!
Education, the intent of the new colon cancer PSAs, is a repeated theme in Kathy Ireland’s philanthropies, as represented by her donation of $10,000,000 worth of books to help the US Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program provide young people with essential educational gifts as well as well as toys. That book gift ultimately “grew to nearly $15,500,000″ according to Toys For Tots vice president Major Bill Greis. “We treasure our association with Kathy Ireland in her wide and generous outreach to charitable good. She represents the spirit of giving which contributes so much to the greatness of this nation.”
About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.
About Endoscopy Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.
SOURCE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
About kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®):
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland Worldwide® brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The missions of “...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms™,”
“...finding solutions for people in love™,” and
“...finding solutions for people in business™,” translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more. kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.
Listed as the 28th most powerful brand globally, by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland Worldwide® is the result of teamwork and dedication. According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.
Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including; YWCA, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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