Hope Tops Chef Jeff’s Menu at Food Network

October 21, 2008 at 7:27 am

Recently, my fellow Edible TV blogger, Colleen Fischer, wrote this great piece on chef Jeff Henderson of Food Netowrk’s The Chef Jeff Project.


Chef Jeff Henderson's Autobiography, CookedJust in case you missed the incessant promos (and if you did, well, what brings you to a food TV site?), Food Network’s latest prime-time series, The Chef Jeff Project, premieres this Sunday at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central.

Are you ready for a heaping helping of inspiration alongside your order of Rachael Ray and Iron Chef?

The show will follow Jeff Henderson, formerly of Vegas’ Café Bellagio and Caesars Palace, as he reaches out to six at-risk youths. He brings them into his catering company in hopes of helping them turn around their lives through cooking, much like he did while incarcerated for selling drugs as a teen.

The Chef Jeff Project sounds similar to Jamie Oliver’s show Jamie’s Kitchen, a series originally produced for British television that aired on Food Network in 2003. Will the new show feature quite so much conflict? The promos offer no hint of the frustration that can arise in molding people who, whatever their drive and desire, carry a lot of baggage. Only five of the 15 youths mentored by Jamie Oliver went on to careers in cooking; can Chef Jeff do better?

Bob’s Blog does let on that Chef Jeff’s task is not without struggle. He also admits to tearing up while screening the first episode. Better stock up on tissues.

If you’re interested in learning more about Jeff Henderson’s rise from the mean streets, you can pick up a bargain copy of his autobiography, Cooked, right now at Barnes & Noble’s online store (or amazon.com).  Also, stay tuned to Edible TV, as we have a personal interview with Chef Jeff coming up tomorrow.

Photo: BarnesAndNoble.com

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Stuart Reb Donald

Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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