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
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,
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