Celebrity chef Kai Chase is gearing up to release a new cookbook entitled Fit for a King. The book will reportedly offer a different version of Michael Jackson's final weeks before his death.
Chase, the culinary master who has cooked for such big names as Mary J. Blige and President Barak Obama, also served as Jackson's personal chef, and as soon as his name is mentioned, the conversation changes. Chase makes it clear Jackson had a profound impact on her life.
"When you read the book, you'll see how things were different," she says, refering to the usual negative portrayal of Jackson's life. "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, [both] as a boss and as a friend - how to move on with your career, write books, this and that. I was let go at a certain point," Chase recalls. However, she was back at the mansion the day Jackson passed away.
Since his death, her list of celebrity clients has grown quite a bit and she says, "a lot of things are really coming to the forefront right now. The blessings keep pouring down. Sometimes I think he [Jackson] has something to do with that, and I imagine him and God high-fiving."
In addition to stories of her time spent with Jackson and his children, the book will also include the King of Pop's favorite dishes, mostly salads and fish, and other healthy offerings. She says Jackson actually suggested that she publish a cookbook once his 50-date 'This Is It' tour had ended.
"He was an inspiration to me," she said.
Chase says she listens to Jackson's song "Keep the Faith" because "it keeps me inspired and motivated for greatness."
Chase is participating in the March 18 Drawing Hope International Gala Masquerade event in Beverly Hills, for which she is providing some of her trademark cultural fusion cuisine. She is also offering an at-home cooking lesson that will be auctioned off at the Drawing Hope fundraiser, which benefits survivors of rape and sexual abuse in 150 countries.