Charles Mattocks, “The Celebrity Chef” and International Diabetes

25 Apr

Charles Mattocks, “The Celebrity Chef” and International Diabetes Spokesperson, Team up with Popular Children’s Book Author on New Book which Teaches Children About Diabetes and Healthy Eating

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Phoenix, Arizona – RICHER Press announced today a July 4, 2013 release date for a new book written by Charles Mattocks, the celebrity chef, best selling author and Emmy nominated actor and Kristi Grimm, the author of the popular “Mommy, Tell Me a Story” Children’s book series.

According to Earl Cobb, RICHER Press co-publisher,  DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING, is a unique, colorful and well-crafted children’s book. It is wonderfully illustrated by Kristi’s husband and business partner, Dave Grimm and passionately influenced by Mr. Mattocks commitment to be a voice and a force for serious change in diabetes health, world-wide.”

“Our staff worked closely with both authors to develop a concept, storyline and layout which would create a book that would entertain and educate both young children and their family members. I honestly feel that our goal was achieved.”

The book’s release and global distribution will coincide with many summer and fall community health & wellness activities leading up to the World Diabetes Day on November 14th. The release also supports the launch of Mr. Mattocks’ National Diabetes Testing Tour. CNN will accompany and record Charles’ humanitarian pursuit to test one million Americans for diabetes.


DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING is what happens when the potentially frightening subject of children’s diabetes is approached with the right mix of truths, compelling rhyme, cooking activities and fun.

Through 42 pages of storyline, special recipes, coloring pages and a glossary of “memory” words, young children will learn how the foods they already know and recognize play a role in helping them control their diabetes.  DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING combines young children’s love of cooking with the proven learning tool of rhyming to gently guide the book’s main character through the process of getting answers to questions about his diagnosis of diabetes. Children with diabetes will embrace the friendly, inquisitive and furry bear named Charlie B. Marley, who likes to be called Little Mar. Since Chef Mattocks is the nephew of the late reggae singer and star, Bob Marley, the Marley name is a quiet tribute to his uncle. In the story, Little Mar loves cooking and wants to be a chef someday. When his Mom tells him that a really cool chef will visit his school, Little Mar is interested. But Little Mar gets excited when his Mom shares that the chef has diabetes too. Little Mar has lots of questions in his head about his diabetes and the foods he is now supposed to eat, so he plans to ask the chef for help.  DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING answers a child’s typical questions about food, sugar intake, exercise and healthy eating in relation to his or her diabetes. The special recipes, coloring pages and glossary of memory words extends the learning and engages children in the critical process of learning about diabetes.


Image  Charles Mattocks, Celebrity Chef & Worldwide Diabetes Advocate

Each career move Celebrity Chef Mattocks has made has been in keeping with his desire to touch lives in a positive way. Inspired by his uncle, the late Bob Marley, Mattocks dared to dream big. After giving a stunning performance in the title role of the Emmy nominated “The Summer of Ben Tyler” Mattocks could have continued as a successful actor. Instead this single dad decided the Hollywood lifestyle was not the best for his young son and moved across the country.

His need to create meals that were tasty, nutritious, and affordable led to his career as “The Poor Chef”. Appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, CNN and Dr. Oz gave him the opportunity to share what he had learned about feeding a family for less money. He became a sought after guest on local and regional radio and television stations. Once again he achieved success.

Then came devastating news. Charles Mattocks had type 2 diabetes. Reading all he could about the disease made him all too aware of how little he actually had known about diabetes. He was determined to save his life and knew he had to help others do the same.  “The Diabetic You” documentary, website, and movement came out of that determination to educate and inspire people around the world. He is doing just that. From appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America and scores of other TV shows and radio programs across the country, to interviews in Huffington Post, Diabetes Health, Forecast Diabetes, his regular blog on the Dr. Oz website, and more, the world is learning about Charles Mattocks’ war against diabetes. He developed a diabetic-friendly, gluten free treat called the “Charles Bar” that is in national distribution. Charles has also teamed up with Shire and is on a national RV testing tour he created that is going across the country to educate people about diabetes foot complications.

He is committed to providing free health testing for people from Orlando to Atlanta and beyond. His RV Testing Tour will appear at fairs, sporting events, malls and other venues. During a recent humanitarian trip to India, Mattocks helped test thousands for diabetes. In September he was a featured speaker at a prestigious TEDx Conference in San Francisco. A Blue ribbon champion for the International Diabetes Federation and spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association Chef Charles has just written their next cookbook. A tireless advocate for diabetics everywhere, Charles Mattocks, is determined to help stem the time of this deadly disease. Charles is also wrapping up his diabetes documentary entitled The Diabetic You and has just shot and is selling the first diabetes reality TV show entitled REVERSED. The best is yet to come as Charles is traveling the world and creating programs in other islands and countries. A voice and a force for serious change Charles will shake up the health industry. rv tour Fox news cnn tv show trailer india trailer Huffington Post

Kristi and Dave Grimm

are natives of Arizona and work as a team. Dave illustrates and Kristi writes. Kristi and Dave have been married for over eleven years. Kristi is a paraplegic from a horseback riding accident when she was 15. She is a 1993 graduate of Biola University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dave has worked as a city sanitation driver for 25 years. They are a blended family and together they have four sons. Their youngest son, Dillon, can be seen in all of their books as the little boy that asks Mommy to tell him a story. Kristi comes from a very strong Christian home which is the motivation for the values that she puts in her stories.

Their books include:  Mommy, Tell Me a Story About a Car, “Mommy, Tell Me a Story About a Planeand “Mommy, Tell Me a Story About What Daddy Does.” Their newest book titled, “Mommy, Tell Me a Story About a Fish” is scheduled to be released this summer. Follow Kristi and the Mommy, Tell Me a Story team on her blog by visiting


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7 Responses to “Charles Mattocks, “The Celebrity Chef” and International Diabetes”

  1. ccarpinello May 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    This sounds like a great way for parents and kids to learn to eat more healthy. Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl – Hop Hostess

    • kristigrimm May 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Thankful to be able to share the book on the Hop! Really appreciate the effert you all put into it.

  2. KidLitReviews May 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    HI, I am here from the kid lit hop. This is a nice book about healthy eating that parents and children should read. Nice piece you wrote. Thanks for joining the hop.

  3. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews May 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Kristi!!! Look at what you’ve been up to! Congratulations – that is so fabulous! What a wonderful collaboration. I’m so excited for you. Thanks for linking this into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

    • kristigrimm May 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks Renee! We are very excited about it. Dave is pretty busy but it will be worth it. He has to get the drawings done by the end of May, and then get working on Mommy,Tell Me a Story about a Fish. We would like to still get it out this summer as well. I hope you are doing well!:)

  4. Julie Grasso May 7, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Huge congrats for you Kristy. So happy for your release and thanks for linking in to the kidlitbloghop

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