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Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove

Jeff Henderson

Alive with the energy of street life, the sober reality of prison, and the visceral thrill of being inside the fast-paced kitchens of great restaurants, "Cooked" is an extraordinary memoir that chronicles a gifted man's against-the-odds journey of second chances.

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Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publish Date: 02/26/2008
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9780061153914
ISBN-10: 0061153915
Language: Eng

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By twenty-one, Jeff Henderson was making up to $35,000 a week cooking and selling crack cocaine. By twenty-four, he had been sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. It was an all-too-familiar story for a young man raised on the streets of South Central LA. But what happened next wasn't.

Once inside prison, Jeff Henderson worked his way up from dishwasher to chief prison cook, and when he was released in 1996, he had found his passion and his dream--he would become a professional chef. Barely five years out of federal prison, he was on his way to becoming an executive chef, as well as being a sought-after public speaker on human potential and a dedicated mentor to at-risk youth. A window into the streets and the fast-paced kitchens of world-renowned restaurants, Cooked is a very human story with a powerful message of commitment, redemption, and change.

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