Cooked (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras

User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

The material and message are fascinating and inspiring. Jeff Henderson is an interesting character with an extraordinary life, but the book was bulky and at times reads like a student assignment. We ... Read full review

Review: Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras

User Review  - Monika - Goodreads

Jeff Henderson's story of going from a crack dealer to a prisoner to a top-rated chef is a truly inspiring. The memoir is written in a way that you connect and feel for the Henderson. I am not a big ... Read full review

Contents

ONE SIX COURSES IN SIXTY MINUTES
1
TWO POCKET CHANGE
13
FOUR MY FIRST ROLEX
39
SEVEN TERMINAL ISLAND
101
EIGHT HARD HEAD NO MORE
117
ELEVEN MEAL TICKET
159
TWELVE THE GREAT GADSBY
179
THIRTEEN WORKING THE PASS
201
FIFTEEN CHEF OF THE YEAR
239
AFTERWORD GOD BLESS THE DEAD
263
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
273
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About the author (2009)

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.

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