Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories Lecture Series Hosts Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson grew up on the tough streets of Central Los Angeles and San Diego. By the time he was 19, he was running a $35,000 a week drug operation. At 24, he was arrested and sent to prison for 10 years. While incarcerated, he discovered a passion for cooking, and committed himself to turning his life around.

After spending nearly a decade behind bars, Henderson struggled for years in the hospitality industry because he had a criminal record and no formal education. With persistence and determination, he eventually became the executive chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas. His story was first told in the New York Times best-selling memoir, Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove. He also was the Food Network personality behind The Chef Jeff Project, which took six at-risk young adults and committed to turning their lives around by putting them to work for his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine, and providing them with knowledge, skills and the opportunity for a new life in a culinary career.

The Event – October 28, 2014539w
The BGSU University Libraries and its Advocates Board are proud to sponsor a dinner and presentation featuring Chef Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef, best-selling author and motivational speaker. The special evening in BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union Grand Ballroom welcomes individuals and organizations with an interest in food and social service to hear Chef Jeff relay his inspirational story that started in a jailhouse kitchen.The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by Chef Jeff’s presentation at 7:30 and a book signing at 8:30.

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