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Jeff Henderson was just another inner-city black kid born into a world of poverty and limited options, where crime seemed to provide the only way to get out. Raised mostly by his single mother, who struggled just to keep food on the table, Jeff dreamed big. He had to get out and he soon did by turning to what so many in his community did: dealing drugs. But Jeff was no ordinary drug dealer; by twenty-one, he was one of the top cocaine dealers in San Diego, making up to $35,000 a week. Two years later he was ...

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Overview

Jeff Henderson was just another inner-city black kid born into a world of poverty and limited options, where crime seemed to provide the only way to get out. Raised mostly by his single mother, who struggled just to keep food on the table, Jeff dreamed big. He had to get out and he soon did by turning to what so many in his community did: dealing drugs. But Jeff was no ordinary drug dealer; by twenty-one, he was one of the top cocaine dealers in San Diego, making up to $35,000 a week. Two years later he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost twenty years in prison. Before he knew what had hit him, he was looking at spending most of his life behind bars. The street life had been the only one he'd ever known and even incarcerated he was too hardheaded to realize that no good would come of it.

That is, until he was assigned to one of the least desirable prison jobs: washing dishes. That job helped turn his whole life around. It gave him access to the prison kitchen and he became fascinated watching his fellow prisoners cook for the thousands of other inmates and prison officials. Henderson learned to cook in prison. Not cocaine, but food. And his dream was born: Once outside, he would become a chef.

It was a tough, seemingly impossible journey for an ex-con. Few chefs would give him the opportunity to cook in their restaurants. And once hired, he endured racism and sabotage in the kitchen. But Henderson refused to accept rejection. Driven by a dream and an unshakable will to succeed, Chef Jeff worked hard to overcome unimaginable adversity and eventually reached the top of his profession, becoming executive chef at CafÉ Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Alive with the energy of the streets, the sober reality of prison, and the visceral thrill of being inside the fast-paced kitchens of great restaurants, Cooked is an intense, intimate tale of crime, punishment, and redemption—a deeply poignant story of how the worst wrong can lead to the most extraordinary right.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061736919
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 331,522
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    such a good book

    this was such a good book. teaches you not to sell drugs and how to hustle in the work place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I purchased this book for my cousin Greg who said, " Cooked was and is a prayer answered. I told God I needed a push and that's what Chef Jeff did for me. From his street life, to his prison life, told my story and I trust God once I'm out of here I'll have the drive, passion, zeal, determination and the tenacity to minister the word of God at a greater level than Chef Jeff had for cooking". BLSwann

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Amazing book

    I think this book is truly inspiring many people say the profanites ruin the story and i strongly disagree with that jeff henderson really shows his life and how it was on the streets and when he became a chef i thought that was amazing his whole story to get there i started off reading this book for a school project and when i started readimg this book i loved it and couldent get enough of it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Food for Thought

    What a great story. Messages of tenacity, hope, endurance, passion, commitment, giving back and more!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Jeff Henderson escapes poverty by consuming education and does well as a chef.

    At first when going through reading the book I thought the book was very straight forword with drug references. I was kind of scared by the no remorse way he addressed certain street terms. but as I got into reading the book I notice that we a re similar in liking the things money can buy. Further on in the book I was enlightend by his changes he madein his life. Like how he was told to eliminate soul food from his way of thinking. And all the changs he went through at ayoung age all the woman an engagement such as limos and Vagas trips.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    Excellent book!!

    I loved this book, I could not put it down, very inspring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Great read

    As cook new to the culinary field, I was turned on to Chef Jeff's book during a television talk show appearance. He was well-dressed and well-spoken. But when I began reading how he was turned on to a life of crime as an up-and-coming drug dealer in San Diego, I was quite shocked by his graphic descriptions and use of street slang and profanity. As I read on, I kept having to stop and take a look at his clean-cut picture that graces the cover to remind me that this was indeed his story. But make no mistake, his in-your-face take is completley by design as he gives the reader a vivid glimpse of his former self and the transformation he made to becoming the success he is today. His story is inspiring and shows that he has and is still working to redeem himself for his past sins. He ovecame a great deal to be where he is now and is living proof of what can happen when one takes full advantage of those rare second chances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    Wasted money

    I was moved by Henderson's story as seen on Oprah, but the book was disappointing. In the first ten pages I encountered twelve profanities which got in the way of an inspiring story. I couldn't get past the assault on my senses.

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