Jeff Henderson has a remarkable story to tell. He grew up on the streets of South Central Los Angeles, and by the time he was 19, he was running his own business. Pulling down $35,000 a week, Henderson was rolling in money — of course, that was before he was arrested for trafficking in drugs. That bust put an end to Henderson’s business, but it put him on the path to new career: cooking.{mosimage}
    Henderson, a chef who can be seen on the Food Network, spent 10 years of his life in prison paying for his crimes. While in prison, he developed a love of cooking, and was able to do what many in the prison system are unable to do: He took that passion and turned his life around. You can hear his story when he speaks on the campus of Fayetteville State University on Dec. 4 in the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium at 6 p.m., as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speakers series.
    Upon his release from prison, he became the executive chef at Café Bellagio in Las Vegas, wrote a best-selling book, scored a television show, and is now setting his sights on helping others.
    In his Food Network show, Chef Jeff Project, he takes six at-risk young adults and commits to turning their lives around by putting them to work in his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine. He arms them with the knowledge, the skills and, ultimately, the opportunity for a new life with a culinary career.
    The event is free, and open to the public. For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

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