I have missed you all❤️❤️
Some amazing things have been happening in my life (We will save that for my next post).
This post is about a man who inspired me a while ago, through telling me his own personal story through our brief encounter! In my mind, I was certain that I would never see him again, but I was blessed by his transparency. Well… I was certainly wrong… ((TO GET CAUGHT UP, GO BACK & READ MY FIRST POST ABOUT HIM➡️ https://theofficialmsspicy.com/2018/05/14/the-celebrity-chef-that-inspired-me/
One of his friends somehow found my blog post about him and reached out to me recently! The woman and her friends was moved to tears upon reading my post about the Amazing Celebrity Chef Lanney Smith. I was honored that she even took the time to read my post.
((Side Note))::This blog was not birth with the intention of gaining followers to become famous or to be “discovered” in any way. My sole purpose for this site is to have a safe space to vent and be honest about my life…: even if I’m the only one reading it❤️❤️ I find therapy in two things “Cooking & Writing”. This blog represents my healing in more ways than one, I love people and try my best to find inspiration through every interaction with them. Different parts of me heal through these interactions with people. Little do they know, they help me become better, look at life in a more positive light etc.
My encounter with Chef was no different.
To say the least, his friend who messaged me on Facebook put us in contact with each other. I was BEYOND EXCITED!
He thanked me for writing about him and we conversed about his life. First and foremost, there was an excited mention from him about his sobriety- being clean from alcohol addiction and getting back to his first love-cooking❤️
I was especially excited because if you all would have witnessed our encounter the first time… you probably would have thought that there was no hope for him. When I say-no hope.. I’m referring to watching his demeanor and brokenness (If you read Part 1… I initially thought that he was crazy 😂). I can laugh now because he scared me a little, but I know now that he’s harmless❤️
Here’s some of his exact words from our conversation that stood out the most & blessed me– “All the drugs and alcohol in the world happens on tour!!! I stay away from what can ultimately be my demise!!!!! It’s just like swimming… Do you know how to swim? I said, no Sir (embarrassing by the way, for a 26 year old) 😂. If someone throws you in the water, your goal is to do whatever it takes to stay at the top right?… Of course!!! Well, that’s what you do life!!!! You don’t stop fighting to stay on top on it!!!!!
Breakdown:: Although he’s a celebrity chef, he ultimately turn down tour bookings because, he says that’s where the most drugs alcohol is. He knows that he can easily fall back into his old habits on tour- he says that he’s not strong enough to go back to that yet! ((Side Note)):: HE TURNED DOWN AN OFFER FROM THE ROLLING STONES- TO COOK FOR THEM WHILE THEY TOUR THE COUNTRY! By the way… he used to cook for them as well!
He is now cooking on and offshore!!!
I truly admire his strength and his ability to say no to what he knows will pull him back. Even though he is turning down a lot of money- he values his sobriety much more than the money!! We can all learn several lessons from Chef Lanney! He didn’t stop doing what he love, he chose a job that would allow him to continue cooking but not in the toxic environment that being on tour puts him in.
Stories like this make me become a better me! It’s real… it’s raw..it’s authentically honest & it’s his story!! His journey is still continuing and I’m excited to see what God has in store for him in the future❤️
Here’s Chef Now… he look so healthy👨🏽🍳🍽
PRAYER FOR CHEF:: LORD JESUS I COME TO YOU KNOW THANKING YOU FOR THE GIFTS THAT YOU HAVE PLACED INSIDE OF CHEF LANNEY! LORD I ASK THAT YOU TAKE THAT SAME PASSION THAT HE HAS FOR COOKING, TO PUSH HIM TOWARD SOBRIETY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE! SURROUND HIM WITH PEOPLE WHO TRULY CARES ABOUT HIS WELL-BEING ENOUGH TO NOT PUT IN HIM TOXIC SITUATIONS BUT TO UPLIFT HIM AND ENCOURAGE HIM TO STAY CLEAN!!! IN JESUS NAME, AMEN🙏🏽