- Featured client: Chris Cognac
- Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
- My assignment: Writing coach, ghost writer, and draft editor for Chris' in-progress memoir
Chris Cognac leads a double life.
Chris is known to FoodTV fans worldwide as the host of The Hungry Detective, a judge on Iron Chef America, and author of a newspaper food column.
He is also a respected LAPD detective, helicopter pilot and child sex crimes specialist. He turned to food writing as a way to empty his bucket of demons.
"The 'bucket' is a place in my soul where I put all the bad shit that I see working the streets of South Los Angeles as a cop and as a detective. The only way I could empty my bucket of demons was to do something good and fill up my 'other bucket' which would bring balance to my life."
Chris' story is raw and gritty. A big guy with a big heart, he is at times hilariously funny and at other times he shares the bloody pathos of holding dying children his arms, unable to save them, and the sheer horror of shooting someone and being on stakeout in the most dangerous neighborhoods of LA.
He also takes us behind the scenes of the FoodTV network in a series of wild and funny vignettes that include having a FoodTV host over to his house for dinner (what do you serve besides panic?), and drinking with hard-partying Anthony Bourdain and the crew of Iron Chef America.
We'll be publishing occasional excerpts and giving fans updates on the progression of the book. You can join Chris on Facebook too: