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Jeff Henderson      

Award-Winning Chef & Author of "Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove"

Jeff Henderson is a chef, best selling author and television host.

As a child growing up in rough inner city neighborhoods, Henderson never imagined he would one day become the inspirational success story he is today. Raised in a struggling single parent household, Henderson didn’t go to school to learn–he went for the free lunches which quelled his everyday hunger. At the age of 19, success came exclusively from his $35,000 a week drug business. But when he turned 24, he was arrested, and spent the next ten years of his life in prison.

Despite the closed society, prison is where Henderson grew up, got educated, and found his life’s calling. He discovered that by embracing the educational opportunities offered–reading and literacy, vocational school, job training–he could change for the better. As a dishwasher, Henderson discovered a passion for cooking, and committed himself to becoming a chef.

With no formal culinary education and a criminal background, it was a struggle for him to find work. But, with persistence, dedication, and a can-do attitude, he eventually became the first African American executive chef at Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

His memoir, "Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove," was a New York Times best-seller, as well as cookbooks "Chef Jeff Cooks" and "America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook." He was also host of the Food Network hit, "The Chef Jeff Project" in 2008. Following his television debut, he hosted two talk shows, "Family Style with Chef Jeff" and "Flip My Food with Chef Jeff."

Henderson shares that change and success do not come easily. Achieving them requires tenacity, positive reinforcement, and teamwork, but with the right tools, anyone can reach their full potential.

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10 More Questions with Chef Jeff Henderson | Penn State Erie, The ...

Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef, best-selling author, and ex-offender, talked with Behrend Magazine before his January appearance in Penn State ...

Malibu Speaker Series Continues with Chef Jeff Henderson - Malibu ...

3 days ago ... Henderson plans to share his personal story with those who attend the event, as well as discuss his new show, “The Chef Jeff Project,” which ...

Chef Jeff Henderson to present at Civic Theater | Malibu Surfside ...

Aug 18, 2014 ... The Malibu Speaker Series will feature chef Jeff Henderson at the Malibu Civic Theater at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 3.Henderson is an ...

Celebrity Chef Pays It Forward at Hutchinson Correctional Facility ...

May 27, 2014 ... Celebrity chef and bestselling author Jeff Henderson dropped by the kitchen at Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) Tuesday and spoke to ...

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