Naples, Fl (July 24, 2019). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to welcome famed chef, Kevin Takei to its campus during the week of July 22, 2019. While Youth Haven’s resident chef is on vacation, Chef Takei is volunteering his time and talent to prepare numerous meals for the children and teens the organization supports. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Takei has an extensive background under his belt, including stints at the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach; Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea; the Shores Resort and Restaurant at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club; The Putney Inn of Vermont; the Naples Beach Resort and Spa; and Crave Culinaire. At present, Takei works freelance, working different opportunities as they arise. Since 2018 he has twice worked the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah as the executing Chef for My World on a Plate. Their clients included Amazon Films, Netflix Classics, Chase Bank, CAA and Wu Tang Clan. Also with My World, he was the executing Chef of the movie premier of Antman and the Wasp on Hollywood Boulevard for 900 people in the Ohm Nightclub. He also led the team in Rancho Santa Fe for the 500 person wedding of Kaley Cuoco, star of the Big Bang Theory. Takei has received the prestigious AAA 5 Diamond Restaurant Award as well as the DiRona and Hale Aina Award. In regard to his style, Kevin said, “My goal is to provide a cuisine that explodes with flavor. I wish to present innovative culinary ideas that reflect menus with cross-cultural influences. America is the “Great Melting Pot” and my cuisine reflects that international influence.”

“Youth Haven is honored to have Chef Kevin Takei volunteering his services to benefit the children and teens of Youth Haven,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. She continued, “Kevin’s background is phenomenal and his cooking is even more phenomenal. What a wonderful way for someone with such immense talent to give back to the local community. From all of us at Youth Haven, thank you, Chef Takei!”

Youth Haven would like to extend a special thank you to Amber Phillips, owner of Sage Events, for helping to secure a chef for Youth Haven, and to the numerous chefs that also reached out regarding volunteering their time. Youth Haven appreciates the outpouring of support.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YouthHavenShelter, follow us on Twitter, @YouthHavenCS and Instagram @youthhaven.