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Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia give back on Unichef: Uniting Through Food

Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia
Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia, who feature on Unichef: Uniting Through Food tonight

Big-hearted celebrity chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia have two things in common.

The first is that they all came from modest roots.

The other is that they all made it their life-long missions to give back, helping others less fortunate than themselves.

Now the trio’s charitable work — through organizations like UNICEF, Family Reach, City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver — is highlighted tonight on TLC and Discovery Family Channel in an hour-long special, Unichef: Uniting Through Food.

The show is based on the best-selling cookbook of the same name by Hilary Gumbel, with all royalties given to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund).

Sandra Lee UNICEF Haiti
Sandra Lee holds a baby girl during a visit to Haiti with The U.S. Fund for UNICEF

In the show, cameras go behind the scenes in the chefs’ lives to look at where they came from and what they are doing now to fulfil their missions to give back.

Never-before-seen photos and home videos will show how their modest beginnings led them on the path to philanthropy, using their celebrity status and success to help others. And we get to see the people whose lives they are helping for the better.

Gumbel, who serves as executive producer on the show, said: “UniChef: Uniting Through Food is more than a television special or book.

“It’s about how we unite with our favorite chefs to give thanks, help others and create a recipe with the core ingredients of compassion and love.”

Unichef: Uniting Through Food premieres tonight at 7/6c on TLC and will then be aired again at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.


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