Mary & Chase
Irvine, California

On Chase
by Mary Bailey from Irvine, California

When Chase was really little, he was very funny, very easy going, but he had major food aversions. That was frustrating as a mom. You want to feed your child. And when you have a child who’s not eating and not enjoying food, who’s so picky that it’s affecting his health, it’s very scary.

I thought, “Something’s not right here.” I took him to the neurologist, who said, “I think we’re dealing with autism.” When I got that news, I knew it wasn’t Chase’s destiny, just a part of his journey. It’s just a part of his personality.

When he was about nine or ten years old, he started watching cooking shows. He was drawn to the shows because they fit in with his process, what became a learning pattern for him. Chase will engage in things if he is able to first watch from a distance and become comfortable with it. The shows helped him feel safe with food in that way. Once he gets through that stage, he thinks, “OK, now I’m ready to try it. Let’s try something new. Let’s order something new on the restaurant menu.” And the final step for him is actually touching, doing and being a part of the process.

He’s learning a lot in the kitchen. In fact, we’re using the kitchen as a basis for his education. It involves math — measurements. Even going to the grocery store, he’s learning life skills. How to shop and handle money. There’s time management. There’s following recipes. There’s geography. There’s science. There’s everything in cooking.

And now he’s becoming a leader, talking about food, getting other kids interested in food. He’s got confidence and self worth, and that’s really important.

I think Chase is awesome.

Chase on
Cooking

Chase on
Cooking

Cooking makes me feel creative. I feel good in the kitchen.

Chase on Chase

When I was a kid, there were literally only five things I liked to eat. But when I started watching the cooking shows, I started getting the feeling that I wanted to try these foods now. I was kind of shocked.

I liked the shows because they were like geography. They’re all over the world, with all genres of food: Mexican, American, Italian, Chinese and Filipino.

And then I thought, “I can do that!”

So I told my mom that I wanted to have a TV show on the internet, and she said, “Why don’t we just do it?” Doing Chase ’N Yur Face is just like talking to someone else. Like telling them, “If you want to make this, I’ll teach you how.” And I post it on my blog to get it to go all over the world so everyone can learn how to make it. It’s pretty awesome.

Doing Chase ’N Yur Face is just like talking to someone else. Like telling them, ‘If you want to make this, I’ll teach you how.’

Cooking makes me feel creative. I feel good in the kitchen when I make tacos, burritos, wraps, grilled cheese, and all kinds of stuff. You just put a little bit of this a little bit of that and it’ll taste good. Like you’re in a different world of food.

I went to a school to talk to the children about how cooking is fun and creative. I told them, “Cooking is pretty awesome when you think about it. If you have a really, really awesome idea that involves food, than make it, go for it.”

In Mary & Chase’s kitchen

Mary and Chase have enjoyed their GE Appliances for many years. Some of the products in their kitchen are no longer available, but similar current products are shown below.

GE Profile™ Series 23.3 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator

GE Profile™ Series 23.3 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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GE Profile Series Over-the-Range Oven with Advantium® Technology

GE Profile Series Over-the-Range Oven with Advantium® Technology

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GE® 30″ Built-in Gas Cooktop

GE® 30″ Built-in Gas Cooktop

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GE® 27″ Built-in Single Convection Wall Oven

GE® 27″ Built-in Single Convection Wall Oven

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