Fanfare: 'Flip My Food' star chef Jeff Henderson keynotes Salvation Army dinner
If spending time in the kitchen typically involves a series of unfortunate events, Food Network star, bestselling author, and award-winning chef Jeff Henderson has two words of advice for you.
“Uber Eats,” he laughed. “Just call them and have them deliver food to you.”
Words of wisdom for the line of VIPs waiting to get his autograph scrawled into the pages of his book, If You Can See It, You Can Be It: 12 Street-Smart Recipes for Success during the Salvation Army's Doing the Most Good Dinner on November 15 at Heinz Field.
“This event is about recipes for success,” he said. It's a topic he's familiar with. While incarcerated for dealing drugs, he discovered a passion for cooking. These days, his message is all about flipping poor choices—both in life and what you are eyeing for dinner—into much healthier options.
Guests also had the chance to get a selfie with former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and his wife, Lindsey, who were being honored with the Others Award for their support of various charities including Make-A-Wish, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Hines Ward Positive Athlete Program and Helping Hands Foundation.
“It's an honor to be here for this. I've been a part of the Salvation Army for so many years and it's still a big part of who we are as a family today,” he said.
And as far as their culinary skills?
“Hines is better than I am. He's really good. I'm more like a sous chef,” she said.
“That's our time together,” he laughed. “We mess it up, we perfect it, we make all our meals with love. Good or bad.”
On the list: emcee Peggy Finnegan of WPXI, Divisional Commander Maj. Deborah Sedlar, Majors Laura and Thomas Lyle, Travis Sheetz (accepting the Community Service Award on behalf of Sheetz, Inc.), Colleen Wilson (accepting the WTAE Project Bundle Up Award on behalf of Dick's Sporting Goods), Commissioner William Bamford.