What’s Cooking?: Top Black Celebrity Chefs

June 29, 2011  |  

Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson wasn’t always on track to becoming an award winning celebrated chef. He spent time in prison for drugs serving almost a decade behind bars. But Henderson had a passion for cooking and in 2001 he became the first African-American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace. He went on to become the executive chef at the Bellagio, where he worked until 2006. He recounted his journey from prison to the world of four star cuisine in the New York Times Best selling autobiography Cooked. Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, purchased the rights to the book in hopes of making a film of Henderson’s life.

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