A 19-year-old Maryland man who suffers from autism — and aspires to become a pastry chef — gets a big surprise when he appears Tuesday afternoon on Steve Harvey’s nationally syndicated daytime show.
“When I’m in the kitchen, it makes me feel confident that I can accomplish anything as a chef,” Jeremiah Josey says during the 12-minute segment on “Steve.” Josey adds that he’s not going to let his autism “get in the way of my abilities” or stop him “from trying to accomplish my dreams.”
On the segment, Josey says he learned how to bake with his grandmother and specializes in cheesecakes. He then helps celebrity chef Christina Tosi prepare a new recipe for a pound cake while Harvey gobbles up the delicious results.
This isn’t the first brush in the national limelight for the teenage chef. This spring, he strode down the catwalk during New York Fashion Week to model designer Tommy Hilfiger’s innovative adaptive clothing for people with disabilities.
Josey couldn’t be reached immediately for comment. But on the show he discloses his long-term career goals: “I want to go to culinary school,” he says, “and open up my own pastry shop in the future.”To find out how Josey gets one step closer to his dream, tune in to WBAL-TV, Channel 11, at 3 p.m. today or watch the clip here.
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