Chef Jeff Henderson: "If You Can See It, You Can Be It"


Jeff Henderson

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Webb University Center - North Cafeteria

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President's Lecture Series; Annual Literary Festival


Chef Jeff Henderson is an award-winning chef, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and Food Network television personality.

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

After spending nearly a decade behind bars and having no formal education, he struggled for years in the hospitality industry. But, with persistence and determination, he was able to achieve his dreams, eventually becoming 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. In his newest book, If You Can See It, You Can Be It (November 2013), Chef Jeff goes all-in on his mission to put tomorrow's inspirational heroes and heroines from all backgrounds on the direct path to their dreams.

His newest television show, Family Style with Chef Jeff, demonstrates how good choices in the kitchen can lead to a life changing experience for the whole family. Henderson formerly was a host on Beat the Chefs, which premiered late summer 2012 on the Game Show Network.

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A DVD of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2014f

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