Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I hit NYC yesterday as I begin my six week media tour for the release of my cookbook and television show. As I boarded the plane from Vegas to NYC I had no idea that the “Chef Jeff Project” had reached the friendly skies….30,000 feet into the air a promo for the “Chef Jeff Project” came on the in-flight satellite TV on the Food Network channel. The lady sitting next to me said…”Is that you”, I was saying the same damn thing “is that me”…LOL.

That was just one of many eye opening experiences for me. I landed in NY and headed to my hotel in the village…another surprise. Right across the street from the Food Network HQ building, there it was…a huge billboard advertising the show, me and the 6 crew members from the “Chef Jeff Project” plastered on the side of a building, it was amazing. In my wildest dreams I never imagined this.

Pick up my cookbook “Chef Jeff Cooks” in stores today!

Follow my life’s journey Wednesday (Oct 8) on “My Life in Food” on the Food Network channel.

Come out to my book signing at Howard University on Thursday (Oct 9), contact the Howard book store for times and details.

Check me out cooking on “Good Morning America” this Friday (Oct 10).

NYC, come see me cook BBQ Shrimp Scampi at “Circle of Sisters” at the Javitz Center this Saturday (Oct 11)and meet my special guest who will prepare dessert for the ladies, you won't want to miss this!

I will also be coming to a book store near you, check the events tab on my website for dates and locations.

Until next time, Bon Appetit.


mrbigth said...

When the whirlwind settles down give me a call.That is something else billboards, TV shows and cookbook-don't worry I'll buy one.I'm glad to see you are still keeping all in perspective.I brag about you all the time, I guess I really got to step it up.Good Luck this week,busy schedule.
Take Care,
Tall White Guy (Chef Tom)

Maria41 said...

Chef Jeff,

God has truly blessed you with all kinds of favor. Did you ever think that it would get to this point. I don't even know you but I full so proud of you.

God bless

Sergio Barrera said...


My name is Sergio, I am a personal chef in San Antonio, Tx. Thank you for the inspiration you have become to me in such a short time... I have added your blog link to my weekly food blog "Food Is Love" (http://chefserg.blogspot.com). I hope you are ok with that. Please drop in on my blog when you can for a read. God bless you and all you do!

George1962 said...

Hello Chef Jeff, please check out my blog - George1962-Chef Jeff. Way to go man!!!

Days like These! said...


I just saw the announcement of your show. Congrats and stay encouraged. Thank you for telling your story and empowering others to pursue their dreams.

chef sam said...

Hello Chef Jeff
My name is Sam, i have been a big fan of yours for a whie now. Your story inspired me in so many ways. Thank you so much. Currently i am a corporate executive chef for a restaurant group in Michigan. my family and I are hoping that one day we would have an opportunity to meet with you. May be you would let me have a chance to cook for you or work with you. I have extensive experience in pan-asian cusine. if you would like to contact me please call me at 248 722-2781 it would be a great honor to speak with you. Thank you again chef for the inspiration.

anointd2srv said...

Chef Jeff, I've just watched your "My Life in Food" special on Food Network and it was amazing!! I found your website and just had to drop some encouragement your way. God bless you and your family as you go about fulfilling the vision that He gave you. You're a great role model for anyone needing to know that they can indeed make it. Can't wait to see your show this Sunday. Chef Jeff is in the house!

George1962 said...

Oh by the way Chef if you are in the Orlando, FL area please let me know. Would love to meet you and give you a copy of my book as well (hope you like detective stuff!) Anyway, very proud of you and KIU (Keep It Up!)

Chef George

Doulala said...

I watched your show the day after my baby cousin went back to jail. He is a young black man who can't seem to find his way. I am off to the bookstore to buy your book Cooked so I can send it to him. Hopefully your story will be as inspirational to him as it is to me.
As I watched My Life In Food, all I could think was how proud I am of you. I hope that doesn't sound strange coming from someone who has never met you.
I am so proud of how you changed your life and how you use all you blessings and opportunities to help others.
You are truly a great man. Thank you!

Lovebabz said...

I am a fan and a former chef. PLEASE make a few vegan dishes...LOL!

Wishing you every success and every happiness. Your story warms my heart!

Jacquelyn said...

I watched your "Life in Food" yesterday (Wednesday 10/08/08) and ordered two (2) copies of your book "Cooked" immediately. My dad has had problems like you had and cannot get a real job and I bought your book (two copies for the both of us to read) hoping to help inspire him that he can lead a better life. He had put in many job applications and everyone keeps turning him down, he is 54 and so tired of being an auto mechanic, been in and out of jail for drugs and is trying so hard to pull through and your story inspired me to be the person what I want to be, but also to show my dad he still has time to be the person he wants to be...a normal 9-5 worker, with benefits, etc...THANK YOU SO MUCH! I cannot wait till we both get the book. We are still working to help get him the help he needs...my dad is truly a wonderful man that deserves a chance like everyone else. I just had to let you know how much you have helped me help my dad...

Marcos Dorado said...


I'm an artist who would love to do a portrait of you. I am quite inspired by your story. Please contact me when you have a moment.


ibelive said...

I saw your show and you are doing what has been in my heart for awhile now. Good for you. I am not a professional chef..but love food and love to cook for others. I truely belive that food is a bridge that can bring people from different backgrounds together. I have a passion for teaching young people to cook and to create...and feel along with others that the way to heal and help our community and the city of Memphis is through our youth....God bless you and I hope to find someone to help me start a similar program here. Thanks for the inspiration and I will always be a fan!

Heather said...

I just watched your show The Chef Jeff Project. I love how you have taken your past experiences and want to make a change in the world.I meet so many moms that don't know how to cook and it makes me sad.Basic cooking is a skill every one needs especialy if they have children.I want to teach them all I am not old I am 30 and I do believe food can make a difference in the world. I cook for my family, church, and any one in need they always ask for the recipe or if I would ever go into catering.I love to cook and one day I want to open up a restraunt or a school where parents can bring their kids to learn to cook. If they learn at a young age they will be inspired to cook when they get older. Well I love how you are making a difference thank you for you inspiration, not judging, and most of all not forgetting where you came from. Thank you Heather from Billings, Mt

kEllEy_G said...

Just watched your show tonight...absolutely LOVED it. My husband & I went online to watch all 6 crew members "about me" videos. Thanks for doing what you're doing...this is amazing. We'll be watching every single week! :)

Lovebabz said...

Great job on your debut of the Chef Jeff Project. OK next week I know now to have kleenex readily available...*smile*

I know it is TV and I know it is a reality show, but I must say you are good with these young people and it makes me happy and it warms my heart!

I am no longer a chef. And I do not miss it, but I am greatful for the training and the experiences.

You are a gem. May God continue to bless you.

I am a FAN and I will tune in everyweek!

scottie said...

Jeff, Thanks for letting me work with you in New York saturday, it was something I will never forget Here is the information,just in case I can be of any help in the future. Reginald (SCOTTIE) Paige 347-489-5042. I live at 769 st. marks ave. apt#2-5d Brooklyn,N.Y.11213 thanks,Scottie

coolcat72 said...

I seen your show on the food network the cheff jeff project and I was defintely impressed. I am also reading your book Cooked from the streets to the stove and I can't seem to put it down. You are very inspirational and it's good to see you giving back. Me being a black male it's good to see someone turn something negative into a positive and helping people in simular situations. God bless I hope there is a Season 2 Can't wait