Rob Vanoudenhoven visits Unified Cooking

Rob Vanoudenhoven visits Unified Cooking

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Celebrity Ambassador to the Games Rob Vanoudenhoven paid a visit to our top chef Viki Geunes at the Olympic Town in Antwerp

“There exists a resemblance between the sports field and the kitchen. Both in field and kitchen you work in a team and it really satisfies you when you obtain a great result,' said Geunes. “Lots of people tend to turn heads when they see someone with an intellectual or physical disability. It happens too often that people with a disability are trying to prove what they cannot do, instead of focusing on the things they can do," Vanoudenhoven says. Rob Vanoudenhoven wants to make a warm appeal to everybody: “It is now time for absolute inclusion and acceptance of people with an intellectual disability in our society. When do people with a disability get their chance? Media attention for Unified Cooking is great, but it can be better! It has to become a way of living."

Yesterday, 18 September, Viki Geunes hosted the Olympic Town in Antwerp . He cooked together with people with an intellectual disability. Viki Geunes is very excited about the initiative that takes place at Steen, Antwerp: “Unified Cooking benefits everybody. There is a major difference between real experience in cooking and theoretical skills. This way up-and-coming cooks can share ideas and learn from each other”. “Intellectual disabilities are no distant scenery anymore. It is favourable that steps are being taken to launch them into the media. When I received the offer to be a part of the Unified Cooking team, I immediately jumped into it”, Geunes says. According to Geunes everyone arrived very prepared at the Olympic Town. “By Unified Cooking, people with intellectual disabilities receive attention from other people than their families. It is heart-warming to see how they open up themselves to others.”

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