Chef Jeff is an award-winning culinary artist and best-selling author.
St. John the Baptist Parish - The 43rd Annual Andouille Festival presented by Marathon Petroleum Company, LP, announced that Chef Jeff Henderson will be a judge for the Andouille Cook-Off Contest and lead a cooking demonstration at 12:30p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The Andouille Festival includes a weekend of festival fun from Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park, located at 2900 Highway 51 in LaPlace, La.
Chef Jeff Henderson is a television personality, a public speaker and mentor, as well as the first African American executive chef at the Bellagios and a New York Times best-selling author. As a California native, he’s worked his way up in the world of culinary arts. In 2001, Chef Jeff was named Las Vegas Chef of the Year by the American Tasting Institute. Additionally, he was the first African American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace. Chef Jeff’s commitment to culinary arts are not restricted to the kitchen. In 2007, his memoir, “Cooked,” provided him with the opportunity to appear on “Oprah” and launch his reality show “The Chef Jeff Project.” His show gave disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn life and professional skills in a private dining kitchen. Most recently, Chef Jeff released his first self-help book, “If You Can See It, You Can Be It.”
“I am eager and humbled with the opportunity to put my skills to the test at the Andouille Festival,” said Chef Jeff. “Louisiana’s food and culture are very rich. I am ready to see if I can prove my west-coast skills in the deep south.”
Cook-Off registration is open to the public. Participants set up, prepare and serve their andouille gumbo starting at 9 am Saturday, Oct. 15. Judging is based on taste, aftertaste, aroma, appearance and consistency. Awards will be presented to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and the people’s choice. Judging will take place at 5p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Interested patrons should download a registration form at www.andouillefestival.com and submit to the Economic Development Department located t 1801 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace.
The Andouille Festival will feature music, festivities, good times and great food cooked with andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named. Thousands of people gather at the parish tradition to participate in the many events the festival has to offer. This year’s music lineup features Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Gina Brown & Anutha Level, Image, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Karma, New Birth Brass Band and Category 6. Festival posters, Jazz Brunch Tickets and Pay-One-Price Ride Bracelets are available for sale online and at the St. John Parish Economic Development Department, Matherne’s Supermarket in LaPlace, Don’s Supermarket and Greg’s Supermarket in Reserve in October.
The Andouille Festival presented by Marathon Petroleum Company, LP is sponsored by EuroChem, Denka Performance Elastomer, Entergy, Reserve Telecommunications, AAB Electrical Industries, Inc., ACT Technologies, Digital Engineering, Metro Service Group and Nalco Champion.