Word came a week before the Louisiana Catfish Festival that Chef Jeff and his film crew were coming to film all things catfish.
And they did.
“It was a fun experience, great for advertising the festival and one that the festival will never forget,” festival board member Caitlin Triche said of the first time a cooking show has been filmed at the gathering. “They were in the area and filmed at Ormond Plantation, looking for something fun to do in the area for the show. They found the festival and called to see if it was okay if they came.”
On Saturday, June 20, around 2 p.m. during the festival in Des Allemands, Chef Jeff Henderson and the crew arrived with cameras rolling until around 6 p.m. for season two of the nationally syndicated cooking show.
“Loved all the all waterways, boats and fishing life … very different from the big cities,” said Chef Jeff of loving the people, catfish and music. “I had a ball. High energy crowd, amazing catfish platters and snow balls made my time at the festivities like no other.”
Festival Queen Kristal Breaux and Chef Jeff made catfish chowder. Team Queen Cari Allums and the chef made a catfish po-boy with catfish sauted with pepperjack cheese and a fried egg on top served on French bread.
Des Allemands resident Chris Tompson and Chef Jeff prepared a catfish ceviche, a Hispanic dish with raw catfish served with tortilla chips. Junior Queen Savannah Tastet and Triche both prepared a watermelon-pineapple sweet tea smoothie with nonfat yogurt and honey.
Alfred “Kruzer” Cortez held the catfish skinning demonstration, which was filmed for the show.
Triche presented the celebrity chef with a 2015 festival pen and “I named him an honorary chef for the Louisiana Catfish Festival.”
The episode will air in fall, which kicks off mid-September and runs through summer 2016. No air date is available for the episode at this time.
Laurie Kaye, the show’s producer, said they chose the festival because “Flip My Food has a great time visiting regional celebrations, including the Crawfish Festival in Baton Rouge, Louisville’s Waterfront Wednesday and the State Fair of Virginia.
Chef Jeff “flips” the favorite dishes of award winning chefs, celebrities and everyday people to make a healthier, but still tasty dishes.
Henderson rose from South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. He’s also a motivational speaker at schools, organizations and Fortune 500 companies across the country.
The American Tasting Institute has named him Las Vegas Chef of the Year.
HarperCollins published his life story in the New York Times best selling book “Cooked.” His success as an author landed him on Oprah. Soon after, Sony Pictures bought the rights to his book and life story for a major motion picture.
Henderson motivates disadvantaged and at-risk youths. He makes regular appearances at prisons and inner-city youth programs all around the United States.
Today, he shares his knowledge and excitement for food through his speaking career, his cooking shows and his popular cookbooks. His story has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Steve Harvey Show, USA Today, People Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post.
Henderson lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Stacy, and their five children. His grandfather and some family members are from New Orleans. His parents live in California.