The VIPP Report: Chef Darnell Ferguson Wins the Food Network’s Thanksgiving Challenge

LOUISVILLE ENTREPRENEUR USES HIS “SUPER” POWERS TO HELP WHIP UP SOME MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN

(Louisville, KY) Then there was ONE left standing! Chef Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson “carves” his name in the Food Network’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge by winning Sunday’s finale hosted by Chef Giada De Laurentiis and judged by celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Christian Petroni and Carla Hall.

The competition started with five chefs from all over the U.S. The final challenge was a battle between Darnell and Deborah with “Superchef”.  The theme was “A Feast to Remember”.  Darnell had three hours to make a full Thanksgiving feast.  Halfway through the challenge De Laurentiis added a sweet dish to contest “Superchef” created a banana pudding ice cake which sealed the deal on the win and he walked away with a cool $25,000 cash prize and the bragging rights for a year.

To setup an interview, appearances, speaking engagements and/or show opportunities with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please direct all inquiries to Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Follow “Superchef” on his social platforms– IG: @superchef_23; Twitter @superchef_23 & FB: @darnell superchef ferguson

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Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY.  For additional information about Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson visit:  www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

Food Network link to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ultimate-thanksgiving-challenge.

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The VIPP Report: Chef Darnell “Superchef”Ferguson is in the finale of the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge

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WE ARE JUST DAYS AWAY FROM THANKSGIVING AND THE FOOD NETWORK CHALLENGES FIVE NOTABLE CHEFS TO USE HOLIDAY DISHES WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE FLAIR

BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE AND FERGUSON HAS USE HIS “SUPER” POWERS IF HE HOPES TO WIN

(Louisville, KY) Chef Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson advances to the third and final round of the Food Network’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.  There were five and now it’s been narrowed down to three top chefs from all over the U.S. hosted by Chef Giada De Laurentiis.

UTC_ShowchipThis week’s final challenge, (Episode 3) it’s “A Feast to Remember”.   The remaining three chefs are pushed to the limits of their creativity. In the first round, one chef will be eliminated as the competitors are faced with crucial kitchen equipment being off-limits. Then, in the final head-to-head round, the last two chefs must make a full Thanksgiving meal in just three hours. Only one chef will walk away with the $25,000 prize. Will Darnell “carve” his way to the top?

The show started with five top chefs facing off to create ultimate Thanksgiving dishes challenging them to think out of the box to create delicious dishes and desserts that the whole family can enjoy.  The winner of the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge carves their name in the turkey day history books, bragging rights for a year and $25,000.  The chefs will need more than a wishbone to advance.  They must impress renowned celebrity chefs; Alex Guarnaschelli, Christian Petroni and Carla Hall if they want to win.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge finale airs this Sunday, November 18th at 9:00 pm (EST) and 8:00 pm (C). So, tune in to see if Louisville chef Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson makes it to and potentially win the final head-to-head round?

For additional information and/or to setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef”20181104_210137Ferguson, please direct all inquiries to Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.  Follow “Superchef” on his social platforms– IG: @superchef_23; Twitter @superchef_23 & FB: @darnell superchef ferguson

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Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY.  For additional information about Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson visit:  www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

Food Network link to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ultimate-thanksgiving-challenge.

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Academy Award Winning Actress, Viola Davis and Entrepreneur of the Year, Phyllis Newhouse Launch ShoulderUp: A Women’s Movement

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ATLANTA, GA AUGUST 2018 – Phyllis Newhouse and Viola Davis have come together as Co-Founders of a new global women’s movement called ShoulderUp.

Around the world, women who represent economic power and voices of influence, have come together to launch what many believe to be the most impactful and important movement of our time. These are women dedicated to connecting and supporting other women on their journey, in an effort to bring about change where and when it is needed the most.

Phyllis and Viola will launch the ShoulderUP Movement during a 2 hour simulcast, called Journey to Legacy. The simulcast on Sunday, August 26, 2018 will offer candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they teach us that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They will share how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same and -in turn- use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy. By tuning in, you will learn the true purpose of the movement, and see how connecting with these women can help you on your individual journey to legacy.

To experience the ShoulderUp launch and learn from these two incredible women, individual and group Simulcast Passes can be purchased at legendsandleaders.com.

Women of all backgrounds and from around the world are being invited to experience Journey to Legacy and the debut of the ShoulderUP movement.

Phyllis Newhouse  After spending 22 years in the Army developing computer technologies for homeland security, Phyllis started her own business from scratch, as a mother who is single. 16 years later, she won the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for Technology, and her company, Xtreme Solutions, Inc., has been recognized as being one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past six years. She is also member of the Women Presidents Organization, the Belizean Grove, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as a Partner in the Legend52 Fund.

Viola Davis  Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, Viola is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater. She was Oscar nominated for her performance in The Help, won an Academy Award for Fences, and received a Prime Time Emmy Award for her work in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Viola is the only black person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony). She and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.

For additional information on the Journey to Legacy simulcast and the ShoulderUp movement, please call: Emma Pitts emma@PullSpark.com Cell: 404-432-6014.

For media inquiries and to obtain media credentials for the white carpet, contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville native Alan “AP” Powell returns to his hometown and uses the city as a model for one of the most talked about forums in the U.S.

 

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RENOWNED STRATEGIC CONSULTANT AND ENTREPRENEUR RETURNS TO HIS HOMETOWN OF LOUISVILLE, KY TO BRING ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT FORUMS IN THE U.S. THAT BRIDGES COMMUNITIES 

(Louisville, KY) Kentucky native Alan “AP” Powell defied all of the odds and become an executive in the realm of sports and entertainment. Powell grew up in West Louisville and attended Butler High School.   After graduating he attended College of Coastal Georgia for Physical Education where he played basketball.   Alan was recently honored by becoming an Ambassador of for his alma mater, College of Coastal Georgia. AP went on to pursue his bachelor’s degree and basketball scholarship from Missouri Valley College. After college, AP enlisted in the United States Army where he served for 3 years and was honored by playing on the All-Army Basketball Team.   Since leaving college and the Army, AP has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on multicultural content and leveraging brand connections with multicultural audiences. AP started his career in the independent film and music business. Later, AP became Vice President at The Firm – a premiere entertainment management company in Beverly Hills. AP is currently Chairman and CEO of AP & Associates, LLC, which he found in 2004 to find a diverse approach between entertainment and corporate America.

The firm works with NASCAR, Diageo, Harley-Davidson, Coca-Cola, University of Phoenix, Telemundo, Comedy Central and Miller-Coors. Alan and his company have become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on multicultural content and leveraging brand connections with multicultural audiences.

AP also found the Checkered Flag Run Foundation in 2011, who’s mission is “investing in education to ensure every student & veteran gets to cross the finish line.” AP also currently serves as an advisory board member for the City of Phoenix Aviation Board, 8th District African-American Advisory Council, 7th Congressional District Congressman, Ruben Gallego’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission.

Alan “AP” Powell says “Business is important to me but giving back to the community is my passion. My goal is to make an impact on giving more kids access to quality education and on helping Veterans be successful after their service to our country. I grew up in West Louisville and I worked hard to fulfill my dreams and now I feel It’s vital for me to make opportunities for others so they can achieve. I have a philosophy that I live by and that’s “turning contacts into contracts.   I’m trying to show others how to use the resources they have before them.”

Powell will be in Louisville on October 28th at the Hyatt Regency for The Bridge Forum in Louisville (http://www.thebridgeforum.com) for an exclusive panel of Police Chiefs participating in a forum “Connecting Community Engagement with Police Professionalism.” This invitation-only forum seeks solutions and best practices from our nation’s top law enforcement professionals. Across the nation, we have seen the outcomes of officer – involved shootings and subsequently community protest. These incidents have sparked a national debate about the state of police relations.

The forum, founded by Powell will discuss best practices in community engagement that may be used as a new foundation for increased understanding and improved relations. We will explore conscious and unconscious biases that contribute to the dynamics of community engagement and perceptions and behavioral shifts in the community.

Powell says “With the recent violence and tense relationship between law enforcement and the community I decided to implement this forum to do more than discuss the problem but create solutions. I decided to take a proactive approach on this issue like I have in business career.     My goals is to get the right people in the room that can create change.  Louisville will be one of the models for this program that Nielsen and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund support. This will be one of many events and/or programs we hope to bring to my hometown in the next year.”

If you would like to setup an interview with Alan “AP” Powell please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about Alan “AP” Powell & AP & Associates go to http://www.apandassociates.com.

 

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