The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali’s legacy lives on with the next generation

Special by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC, Louisville

Muhammad Ali would have been 75 years old on January 17th, but his influence lives on.  I’ve been in contact with a Louisville entrepreneur.  He’s had a busy week from making sure the pipes in his business were functional, a Stop the Violence Initiative held on Ali’s birthday to his wife having a baby.  Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson spent the day with his wife Tatahda in an area hospital. Their bundle of joy arrived weighing in at  6 lbs. and 13 oz. and 19 inches long.

Did I mention his name, well its Legend Ali Ferguson.  You got it! Named after the “Greatest of All Time”.

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The VIPP Report: SuperChefs’ owner Darnell Ferguson turns a hardship into a blessing


(Louisville, KY) The vision remains the same even through trials and tribulations.  Superchefs one year ago this week watched the building go up in flames only for the owner Darnell Ferguson and his team to regroup and move to a new location on Bardstown Road.  On the eve of their celebration to commemorate their success the restaurant receives another setback.  This time, the water pipe burst causing the restaurant to flood but like they say in entertainment “The show must go on”.  After closing temporarily to get things cleaned up, Superchefs reopens on Wednesday.

Darnell Ferguson says “This minor setback is only setting me up for something even bigger.  If I can’t handle the little obstacles like a busted pipe at one location, I may be blocking a blessing of multiple restaurants in several cities across the U.S. This is only a test to test my patience and my team and I are up for the challenge.”

Ferguson also started a new STOP THE VIOLENCE initiative.  He wanted to take his talents in the kitchen to be a blessing to youth in the area.  So, once a month, Ferguson and his Superchefs team will choose a day where a non-profit organization will receive proceeds from their restaurant sales.

Ferguson says “I would like to start with the organization AMPED.  The West Louisville based organization and its leadership work hard to keep youth off the streets and to expose them to the world of music from writing, performing and producing.  I support their efforts and want to see them succeed.”

The STOP THE VIOLENCE fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, Janauary 17, 2017.

Dave Christopher Sr with AMPED says “”We are so grateful to Darnell for helping AMPED to help the youth in our community. Super Chef Darnell is such an inspiration. He has been through so much and yet he continues to push forward with his dream and mission to inspire others to achieve greatness. A fire and then a flood and yet he keeps on smiling and thinking of others, wow!”

Superchefs is located at 1702 Bardstown Road. To see our menu, visit our website at 

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