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Thermador Supports Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire to Grant Local Girl's Wish to Be a Chef

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/14 -- Thermador, the luxury home appliance brand that offers real innovations for real cooks, partnered with Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make a young girl's wish come true. On May 29, Thermador hosted six-year-old Amina Ihmud at the Thermador Experience & Design Center in Irvine, Calif., to grant her wish of being a chef and help her open her very own café for a night.

"We are so honored to grant Amina's wish to be a chef," said Zach Elkin, director of brand marketing. "Not only are we proud to turn her dream into reality, but to also support and give back to the Orange County and greater Southern California community. It is so rewarding to work with such an influential organization and help bring a wonderful experience to this young culinary enthusiast and her family."

With the help of Thermador, Amina's wish became a reality as she transformed into a chef for the night, cooking up a meal in the brand's kitchen theater alongside the in-house Thermador chef, Chef Kyle Jakobi. Amina was presented with a chef's coat and other culinary-inspired treats by Elkin and Beatriz Sandoval, senior manager, marketing for Thermador. Once Amina's culinary masterpieces were complete, she served her delectable dishes to patrons of the café, which included family and friends.

"Thermador was instrumental in helping us bring Amina's wish to life," said Stephanie McCormick, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. "We are thrilled to have a local brand, like Thermador, so dedicated to giving back to local children in our community."

As the evening concluded, the BSH Home Appliances Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Iacoviello presented Make-A-Wish with a donation of more than $10,000. The parent company of Thermador, BSH Home Appliances matched employee donations to help Make-A-Wish continue to make wishes come true for other area children.

For nearly 100 years, Thermador has been making the American kitchen more beautiful, more efficient, and more luxurious, with innovative appliances engineered and designed to appeal to the most discriminating culinary enthusiast. Thermador is passionate not just about sharing the excitement around the culinary experience, but also about being a responsible community member and finding ways to give back to those in the area, including helping make a young cook's dream come true.

For more than 30 years, Make-A-Wish has impacted Orange County and the Inland Empire by granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year alone, 316 wishes were granted to children with the help of the local community. For more information about Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire visit www.ocie.wish.org.

About Thermador
Thermador has been providing real innovations for real cooks for nearly 100 years. The iconic line of cooking, cleaning, refrigeration and ventilation products remains committed to empowering culinary enthusiasts to be their best through continuous innovation breakthroughs -- from the world's first wall ovens and gas cooktops with the patented Star® Burner to the Freedom® Induction Cooktop, the first full-surface induction appliance, and the Freedom® Collection, the first modular built-in fresh food, freezer and wine preservation columns.

Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bosch and Siemens Home Appliance Group, the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world. For more information, visit www.thermador.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/thermador and @Thermador, respectively. For Thermador customer service, call 1-800-735-4328.

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