Chef Padua also lends his time and pastry talents to DC Central Kitchen. They train unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, while rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise. Chef Padua has lended his time and pastry talents to Best Buddies International. They are an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement. They create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He has also been a celebrity chef judge for Central Union Mission’s Heart & Sole charity event, that serves the homeless population in the DC Metro area.