Asante International Dining Corp. (OTC PINK: AIDC) Chef Marvin Woods has been in the restaurant/hospitality industry for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of The Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community college where he received his culinary and Associates degree in business. In 2013 the school honored Woods with a lifetime achievement award.
Woods earned his early cooking stripes at some of the most prestigious and highly recognized kitchens in both New York City and at various restaurants in Europe. A few examples of such globally known restaurants include The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center, Windows on the World in the World Trade Center, Arizona 206, Café Beulah and The National Hotel, London England. Woods was considered by many to be a trailblazer for introduction of Low Country cuisine to the market in 1984. He garnered accolades and high praise at New York's Café Beulah where he introduced this innovative spin on creative cuisine. In fact, Woods penned his first cookbook "The New Low Country Cooking" (published by Harper Collins/William Morrow) in 2000 based on this innovative approach to cuisine that he created.
Woods followed his passion for foods and techniques of international flavors by traveling to different countries and honing his skills during stints at kitchens throughout the world. These visits heavily influence his cooking style, with a strong presence of Caribbean, South American and African paired with the focus of clean, fresh and health conscious practices and ingredients creating a unique and original style that Woods calls Coastal Soul.
It's this kind of commitment and style that caught the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama in June 2010 when she selected Woods as one of the first chefs to kick off her "Let's Move!" initiative. Let's Move is a national program dedicated to educating busy families on how to prepare affordable and nutritious meals. Woods traveled the country for a year continuing to educate people on healthy cooking practices in support of the program. He augmented the First Lady's initiative by adding his "Droppin Knowledge program with Chef Marvin Woods," his program addressed the high rate of childhood obesity and other health disparities led by minorities.
Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy® Award-nominated television host, celebrated restaurateur, chef and multiple cookbook author. His second cookbook, "Home Plate Cooking" was published in 2004 by Thomas Nelson Press. Woods has been an owner and a partner in restaurants in Miami, Charlotte and Washington DC with styles of cuisine and service ranging from tablecloth to fast casual.
Woods has represented and currently represents a plethora of companies as a contracted spokesperson such as, United Health Care, The American Diabetes Association, Live Smart Energy Bar, Sodexo, The Boys & Girls Club, The American Heart & The American Stroke Foundation, HMS Host, Whole Foods, Char Broil Grills, Kitchen Aid, Publix & Food Lion supermarkets.
Woods has lived and worked in Europe, The Caribbean, South America and Africa. He is currently an owner of Asante Restaurant in Atlanta GA, where he serves up Coastal Soul Cuisine. Woods is also working on his third cookbook "The Coastal Soul Kitchen" as well as being in talks with several television networks about a new cooking/lifestyle show. Woods is no stranger to television; in early 2000 he was the only African American chef that had his own television show which ran for four years on Turner South Networks. Woods has also been featured on Food Network, CBS' Chef on a Shoestring, The Today Show, CBSNews.com, ABC, NBC Today Show, Country Living, Southern Living Magazine, Oprah and Cooking Light Magazine.
ABOUT ASANTE INTERNATIONAL DINING CORP:
Asante International Dining Corp (AIDC) is a publicly traded restaurant holding and culinary products company headed by Chef Marvin Woods, award winning, Emmy® nominated television host, and best-selling cookbook author. AIDC owns and operates the Asante Restaurant brands, an upscale, fine-dining experience the introduces the concept of "Coastal Soul" cuisine, based on unique flavors and ingredients that range from Europe, to the west Coast of Africa and Caribbean areas, to the Americas. Devised and developed over many years, Chef Marvin Woods' Coastal Soul combines the familiar "Low Country" and New Orleans cuisines with the less well-known spices, seasonings, and ingredients of international coastal areas to bring fresh new taste sensations to the sophisticated palates of Asante guests, along with superior service and warm southern hospitality. The flagship restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA with breathtaking views of Centennial Park and the Atl anta Aquarium and skyline. Asante International Dining Corp is ideally positioned to capitalize on the growing health consciences of restaurant public and people who enjoy flavorful foods and sauces that are all-natural without any harmful ingredients and preservatives.