Famed chef, inspirational speaker, author and Food Network personality, Jeff Henderson, has a new cooking show, Flip My Food. The renowned culinary expert who has run kitchens in some of the most exciting venues in the world, including Cafe Bellagio and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, travels across the country offering fresh takes on favorite recipes.
For those not familiar with Henderson's story, he rose from rough beginnings and bad choices that resulted in jail time. He frequently speaks of his past, but more importantly how he moved beyond it to become one of the most respected figures in the culinary industry. I got a chance to catch up with Henderson to talk about his new show, and learn more about his recipe for success.
What can we expect from Flip My Food? And what do you want people to take away from it?
You can expect to see amazing comfort food with a healthier flip. I want people to walk away feeling they can eat healthier without compromising on flavor.
What is your favorite dish to make?
My favorite dish to make is stewed chicken. I like to cook this dish long and slow with onions, garlic and my favorite seasonings.
What is your favorite meal to cook for friends and family and why?
During the holidays it’s all about my granddaddy’s version of seafood gumbo. When I prepare this dish it brings back memories of my late grandparents and their southern roots.
How did you discover your love/talent for cooking?What made you say, “I’m good at this?”
It was a dish washing gig where I discovered my love for cooking. One day I got a opportunity to fill in for a cook and everyone raved over the food I was putting out. That’s when I knew I was onto something.
People familiar with you know your story about how you began your career as a chef from prison. What is your best advice for someone who feels stuck in life and doesn’t know how to move forward to create better circumstances?
My best advice to someone who is stuck in life is (to) stay focused on your goals, build strong relationships that will help you get through the challenging times and most importantly, never give up.
What are some easy ways to eat healthy without feeling deprived, or having to sacrifice flavor?
Don’t cut all the fat out of your diet, just cut some and only eat the best and safest ingredients from the local market.
When you are not working or taping for TV, how do you like to spend your time off?
I spend quality time with my wife, Stacy and our 5 kids. (I also enjoy) riding my motorcycle and golfing.
Thanks to Jeff Henderson for sharing his new venture and advice with us! To watch Flip My Food, check your local listings! Episodes will also be available online!