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Food Network star Darnell ‘Superchef’ Ferguson arrested in Kentucky – NBC10 Philadelphia

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Food Network star Darnell ‘Superchef’ Ferguson arrested in Kentucky – NBC10 Philadelphia
Food Network celebrity Darnell Ferguson was taken into custody in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, facing several accusations, including strangling and burglary.

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The presenter of “Superchef: Grudge Match” is also accused of assault, menacing, terroristic threatening, criminal mischief, and theft, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

According to NBC station WAVE, Ferguson was the subject of an emergency protection order last week. Ferguson entered a woman’s house without her consent, according to court documents, and began strangling her while threatening to murder her.

Ferguson’s court date is set on January 17.

The 36-year-old has been a mainstay on the Food Network, hosting his own program “Superchef: Grudge Match,” which debuted its second season last month. He has also appeared as a judge on a number of other shows, such as Guy’s Grocery Games, Chopped, and Supermarket Stakeout. Alongside chef Anne Burrell, he co-hosted season 25 of “Worst Cooks in America”.

The Philadelphia native graduated from Louisville’s Sullivan University with a degree in culinary arts. In a 2012 interview, he told the Tuscaloosa News that while he was in high school, he watched Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show “Emeril Live,” which gave him the idea to pursue a career in cooking. Ferguson was also one of the chefs chosen to prepare meals for the United States team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

This is not his first run-in with the law, as of Tuesday. Ferguson had previously spoken up about being detained for drug sales following his return from Beijing. During his sixth and final stint in jail, he declared that he had turned into “everything they told you not to become in elementary school” and made a commitment to concentrate on his cooking and avoid going back to jail.

He eventually launched Superchefs in 2012, followed by Tha Drippin Crab in 2021, but both eateries have since shuttered.

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