April 16, 2014

New Version of Michael Jackson’s Last Days Coming

By Beck/Smith

HollywoodNews.com: A new version of Michael Jackson’s last days will be coming to light by year’s end, with the release of Fit for a King, the first cookbook from celebrity chef Kai Chase.

We were chatting with Chase about the March 18 Drawing Hope International Gala Masquerade event in Beverly Hills, for which she is providing some of her trademark cultural fusion cuisine. (Tandoori Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Fruited Marsala Couscous, anyone?) However, the culinary master, who has cooked for luminaries including Mary J. Blige and President Obama, was also Jackson’s personal chef, and as soon as his name comes up, the conversation shifts. Chase makes it clear his impact on her life was profound.

She tells us, “When you read the book, you’ll see how things were different” as far as the portrayal of Jackson’s world. “I was feeding him and his children. He was going to rehearsals and the recording studio. He was energized, looking good, feeling good. I want to talk about the fun times — the practical jokes played on me in the house, me and the kids planting gardens. I was seeing him every day and working with him every day. He talked to me about a lot of things, as a boss and as a friend — how to move on with your career, write books, this and that.” However, “I was let go at a certain point,” recalls Chase. She was back at the mansion the day Jackson died.

Since then, her list of celebrity clients has grown, and “a lot of things are really coming to the forefront right now,” notes the beautiful chef, who listens to Jackson’s “Keep the Faith” song because “it keeps me inspired and motivated for greatness. The blessings keep pouring down. Sometimes I think he has something to do with that, and imagine him and God high-fiving.”

Chase is also offering an at-home cooking lesson to be auctioned off at the fund-raiser for Drawing Hope, which helps survivors of rape and sexual abuse in some 150 countries. Celebs excpected to be on hand for the event range from Garrett Morris to Kyle Massey to honoree AnnaLynne McCord of “90210.”

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2 Comments

  • hide my ip
    March 11, 2012 | Permalink |

    Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post.
    Thanks for providing these details.

  • juney7
    March 12, 2012 | Permalink |

    Will Chase be talking about the meals she left for Murray and Michael at the bottom of the stairs before she left for the evening, and then by morning there were empty plates at the bottom of the steps? If Murray was giving Mike proposol for 6 weeks he wouldn’t have been able to eat ANYTHING at night, no wonder he dropped 15 pounds during that time. What happened to the food, or did Murray eat it himself or throw it away? Will we hear that in her book? She’s got a claim against MJ’s estate as well. We don’t need her book to know Michael ate well.

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