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Child Film Critic Perry Chen’s Holiday Adventures: Art, Food, and Jewels…

Published on: 6th December, 2010

Perry Chen enjoying Mamma Chia with CEO & Founder Janie Hoffman (photo by Zhu Shen)

Dec 4, 2010

10-yr-old award-winning film critic & animator Perry Chen had an exciting day this weekend with mom Zhu Shen: attending Narnia press screening in the morning at Edwards Mira Mesa cinema (Perrific film!),

Perry Chen @ Narnia press screening (photo by Zhu Shen)

enjoying holiday festivities (sumptuous food and Mamma Chia drinks) at artists Ruth Westreich & Jan Philips art reception in Rancho Santa Fe and buying photo prints & flute CDs:

Perry Chen with author & photographer Jan Philips (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry and mom Zhu met Janie Hoffman, CEO & Founder of Mamma Chia, the hottest new beverage made from chia seeds and natural fruit juice (available at Whole Foods and Jimbo’s).  Perry LOVED the drink and had so many glasses that the catering staff nicknamed him “the heavy drinker!”  Founder Janie told Perry and Zhu that the chia seeds are imported from Guatemala, which expand 10 times when soaked in fluid and contain natural pectin which gives the drink the gelatinous texture and taste.  Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber. Perry’s favorite flavor is blackberry hibiscus. Website:

Perry Chen with Mamma Chia CEO & co-founder Janie Hoffman (photo by Zhu Shen)

After the party, Perry and Zhu picked up free gifts (pearl necklaces) at Diamond Boutique at Flower Hill Promenade, using gift certificate from San Diego Press Club gala night where Perry won an Excellence in Journalism Award.  Perry & mom met the lovely owner Mali and her daughter Natasha Digius who enjoyed learning about Perry’s movie reviews and animation.  Mali shared her knowledge about diamond cuts and fitted Perry with a silver basketball player pendent. “Perrific!”

Diamond Boutique owner Mali fitting a silver pendant for Perry Chen (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with Diamond Boutique owner Mali (R) and her daughter Natasha Digius (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with Diamond Boutique owner Mali and mom Zhu Shen (photo by Natasha Digius)

Finally checking out books at Perry’s favorite book store, Del Mar’s The Book Works.

Perry Chen enjoys reading at The Book Works (photo by Zhu Shen)

What a holiday adventure today!  Tomorrow, Perry will be writing movie review of Narnia.


Perry S. Chen is a 10-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 300,000 readers.  Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.  Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website ( ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 50 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club, the youngest blogger on Animation World Network, and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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