Before he was a rising culinary star—before the James Beard nominations and the starred reviews, before the Best New Chef titles and an Iron Chef America win—Jesse Schenker worked in kitchens to fuel a ravenous habit. His obsession with drugs overtook his passion for cooking—until he hit rock bottom and realized: one would kill him and the other could save him.


“Jesse’s story of hitting rock bottom and working his way to the top is a must read.” (Marcus Samuelsson)

“Go Ask Alice meets Kitchen Confidential… an engagingly written, compulsive read.” (Kathleen Squires, food writer, The Wall Street Journal,, Saveur)

“Jesse Schenker has made his own success out of chaos, through sheer will and determination. A must read.” (Jonathan Waxman, chef and cookbook author)

“Warren Buffet famously said ‘Intensity is the price of excellence’… but it is also the foe of moderation! The same personality that makes for success makes for excess. The story of All or Nothing captures this great truth of life.” (Stephen B. Gullo, Ph.D., author of the national bestseller Thin Tastes Better)