On August 25th, the 6th Annual Little Chef, Big Chef competition will take place at The Ordinary. This year, four chefs will work with four kids to put together what promises to be a very special evening. One of this year’s incredible Little Chefs is Adrian.

In 2011, Adrian lost his oldest brother, Ryan. When this happened, his other brother, Peter, came home to help out around the house and be available for his mom and Adrian. After Ryan’s death, Adrian slowly became more dependent on food for comfort, spending more and more time on the couch. Soon after his homecoming, Peter passed away from a heart condition. After losing two brothers in two years, Adrian’s reliance on junk food and video games escalated. Overwhelmed with grief, he found comfort in food and his sedentary lifestyle became severe.

But Adrian is a fighter. He recognized that the best way to honor his brothers was to live his own life to the fullest. Adrian decided to make a change and Louie’s Kids was happy to help him get back on track.

Today, Adrian is making healthier choices and living a more active life. He meets with Nate Edwards of Grind to Shine twice a week for personal training, and his Run Buddy is local meteorologist, Dave Williams. On May 10th, Adrian and Dave ran in the Leslie McCravy 5K where Adrian placed 2nd in his age group!

Adrian’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. After completing three weeks of weight loss camp this summer, Adrian was chosen to participate in the Little Chef, Big Chef competition. Not only will this be a great way for Adrian to celebrate his achievements, but it also will teach him basic skills for cooking healthy (and delicious!) food.

But that’s not all for our friend Adrian. As the oldest kid in the program, and because he has worked so hard, he will have the opportunity to go to Arizona this summer. Camp Shane is a horseback riding camp for overweight kids where Adrian will spend two weeks riding horses and learning more about living a healthy lifestyle. A very special thank you goes out to our friends at Southwest Airlines for helping to make this happen!

With your continued support, we are able to help kids just like Adrian to get active. If you want to help us celebrate Adrian, join us for this year’s Little Chef, Big Chef event, presented by Whole Foods with additional sponsor Southwest Airlines, on August 25th at The Ordinary.