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URBAN VIEWS WEEKLY- Today Jeff Henderson is Executive Chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and holds the distinction of having been the first black Chef de Cuisine at Caesar’s Palace. Will Smith recently bought the rights to make a movie about his life. He’s the best selling author of a memoir and cookbook, has appeared on talk shows including “Oprah,” and is the star of a new reality series produced by the Food Network.

But thirteen years ago, Jeff was an inmate in federal prison, serving ten years for leading a drug operation on the streets of South Central L.A. where he grew up. In the prison kitchen, where he volunteered to work so that he could fill up on extra food, Jeff found a mentor and a passion for cooking. He channeled his tenacity and changed his life. 

Now he wants to show others how food can be a catalyst for transformation. In “The Chef Jeff Project,” premiering Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. on the Food Channel, Jeff will put six young adults to work in his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine. The show chronicles their stories as each participant develops the knowledge and skills for a new career, and a fresh start.

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