What I’m screening …

by in View All Posts, October 1st, 2008

I just saw the final cut of our new reality series The Chef Jeff Project.

Chef Jeff Henderson came to our offices more than a year ago, and we were instantly transfixed by his compelling personal story and his powerful presence. A teenage drug dealer, he was sent to prison where he learned to cook. He vowed to reform his life and ended up becoming Executive Chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas. Now he wants to help others. So he hires six at-risk young adults to staff his new catering company in Los Angeles, which cooks for high profile events. Can he transform the troubled lives of his young charges while running a high pressure, high profile business? Not without a lot of struggle.

While I don’t generally recommend crying in front of your staff, there I was streaming tears as I screened the first episode at 9:00 am on a Monday morning. How humiliating.

The Chef Jeff Project premieres Sunday, October 12 at 10pm ET/9pm CT

That’s it from where I sit.


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Comments (13)

  1. W Prince says:

    Glad for the opportunity to communicate with the network. I am a huge fan and used to watch all the time. It seems that the network is getting away from CALM, instructional cooking, new recipes etc. in favor of “entertainment programming”. A prime example is Paulas Home Cooking vs. Paulas Party. I cannot and will not watch the latter as it is an embarressment and I can’t see why you promote such shows. Some of the new programs and personalities are awful and I change the channel…but, some of your shows hit the mark. I love Tyler Florence, Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Paula when she isn’t over the top and playing a sex kitten. Tell Guy to stop screaming at me and not to talk with his mouth full- actually that applies to several of your folks.

  2. Donna Boyer says:

    I would like to know how can I apply for the Recipes for Success or Restaurant Makeover shows contest.

  3. Brian Killion says:

    Bob… Like many I’m a FN junkie. I can’t get enough of what your folks are doing and I, like you, know that there isn’t any ceiling on the possibilities. We need more stories like Chef Jeff Project. I realize he’s one in a million but there are more than 10 million prisoners out there… as well as other avenues of reality experiences.

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