Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove (Paperback)

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By twenty-one, Jeff Henderson was making up to $35,000 a week cooking and selling crack cocaine. By twenty-four, he had been sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. It was an all-too-familiar story for a young man raised on the streets of South Central LA. But what happened next wasn't.

Once inside prison, Jeff Henderson worked his way up from dishwasher to chief prison cook, and when he was released in 1996, he had found his passion and his dream—he would become a professional chef. Barely five years out of federal prison, he was on his way to becoming an executive chef, as well as being a sought-after public speaker on human potential and a dedicated mentor to at-risk youth. A window into the streets and the fast-paced kitchens of world-renowned restaurants, Cooked is a very human story with a powerful message of commitment, redemption, and change.

About the Author

Award-winning chef Jeff Henderson made history in Las Vegas when he became the first African-American executive chef at the world-renowned Bellagio Hotel. In fall 2008, his own TV show will debut on the Food Network and his first cookbook, Chef Jeff Cooks, will also be published. Chef Jeff lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stacy, and their three children.

Praise For…

“A really remarkable success story”
— Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show

“A well-told redemptive story ... Henderson’s book details one brother’s determination to beat the odds and live his dream.”
— Essence

“[A] harrowing journey toward a life as a high-profile Las Vegas chef.”
USA Today

“From hustler to high cuisine. . . . a gritty memoir.”

“[A] raw, behind-the-scenes look at life in commercial kitchens [and] a personal story of redemption.”
— Flint Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061153914
ISBN-10: 0061153915
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 26th, 2008
Pages: 304
Language: English

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