Jeff Ruby Family donates van to family of Food Network’s Chopped Junior champion

The leadership teams from Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment and Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell turned over the keys to a new van to the Bray Family of Cincinnati on Monday. It was one foodie family helping another foodie family.

Dwan and Aaron Bray have endured extreme challenges relative to the health of several of their children. Their 4-year-old twin boys Aarion & Aubrey are seriously affected by Autism which is often debilitating for them and their family. Their 1½ year-old baby girl Ny’Leah has cerebral palsy, is epileptic, legally blind and faces a host of other challenging issues.

Each of the children is treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The twins have scheduled appointments at least three times per week. The baby must be seen several additional times through the month to monitor and adjust her treatment. Daily transportation needs to and from appointments have added an unnecessary burden upon them.

The Ruby family has been involved with the Brays for quite some time.

Last year, aspiring chef and oldest daughter, Nadjah, appeared on Food Network’s Chopped Jr. show and won it.

Afterward, she said there were two things she wanted to do: cook a meal for her family in a restaurant and use her winnings to purchase a special service dog that assists children with autism.

To honor her, the Ruby’s created a special day for her and the Brays last November to help make her dreams come true. They picked up Nadjah in the corporate coach, and escorted her to The Precinct where she was presented with her very own personalized chef coat. She worked alongside the culinary team and helped create a delicious meal for her family to enjoy that evening.

As a surprise after dinner, the Ruby’s presented the Bray’s with a gift of the service dog along with specialized training for it.

Jackie ReauFOODIE