Jeff Henderson, 37th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Jeff Henderson

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



North Mall, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

Chef JEFF HENDERSON is an award-winning chef, bestselling author and popular public speaker - and an ex-offender, having served nearly a decade in prison for drugs. He has become one of the most inspirational African-American chefs in the country. In 2001, Henderson became the first African-American named "Chef de Cuisine" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and has worked as executive chef at several other top restaurants including Cafe Bellagio. His remarkable story of finding his passion for cooking while incarcerated and turning his life around was captured in his New York Times bestseller Cooked (William Morrow, 2007), now being turned into a major motion picture.


Henderson was also the President's Lecture Series speaker and read on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


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