The Chef Jeff Project premiered on the Food Network channel. It was a dream. So many of you sent emails and supportive blogs right after the show, it was overwhelming. To know that the show touched so many lives and so many people care about what happens to the crew after just one episode was amazing. I don’t want to give up any details for episode two, just keep watching, it only gets more inspiring from here. The six crew members truly touched my life during filming and as a result, I am even more committed to continue touching lives through the Chef Jeff Project.
Since my appearance on “Oprah”, my story on “My Life in Food” and now the first episode of my reality show the correspondence from parents, grandparents, children, teachers, organizations and people all over the world has increased dramatically. To know there are so many young people and adults out there who need a guide on life’s journey is tough. A mother or father expressing there anxiety about the future of their child.…so many stories come to my inbox daily, its difficult to read them all, as I try to advise and help as many people as I can.
One thing I’ve had to come to terms with, with the help of my family, is that I can’t help everyone at once. I’d love to change the world and come to each at-risk youngster/adult and help them…but I can’t. Its impossible. I am one man….an army of one. Yes, I am dedicated to using my journey to inspire and motivate but I am also have troops of my own, a wife and three young children that need me.
Through the Chef Jeff Project, I hope to provide the crew the armor needed to fight on their own. I hope viewers will see how far a hug, positive words and believing in a person’s potential can go in changing lives; I want to bring “the project” into homes across the country. Please make a commitment to build confidence in youngsters in need. Join my army. Make a difference and give back. These youngsters are in war for their life but they have to fight, become self motivated and once the boots are placed on their feet…they must tie them up and walk towards their own success.
Circle of Sisters in NYC was great last weekend. Thanks to all of the fans that showed me love in NYC!
Up next, I’m coming to the “A”, get ready Atlanta I am in your city today. Check me out on Good Day Atlanta (Tues./Oct 14) and I will also be signing books at Borders Books in Buckhead the same day.
As always, Bon Appetit!