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A devoted family man and passionate cook, Derek James had always dreamed of becoming a chef at the highest level, serving heads of state and dignitaries. After graduating with honors from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Derek dove straight into the restaurant business. But when his restaurant couldn’t survive the economic downturn, Derek was left with bills to pay and a family to support, and for the sake of stability chose to put his culinary dreams on the backburner and instead pursue a career in IT. 

Now, Derek is about to get one more shot at making his long-simmering dreams come true. Under the guidance of his new mentor, former White House Chef Walter Scheib, Derek will hone his culinary skills and master the fine art of cultural protocol, essential knowledge for a chef at the highest level. After a rigorous training period, Derek will get the chance to cook for and interview with a premier catering company that handles the high profile events at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library. Can he take the heat, or will Derek get out of the kitchen once and for all? 

Hopeful Update:

After impressing the team at White House Catering, Derek was offered a chance to join the company. On the job for months now, Derek has numerous high-profile events under his belt.  Score an invitation to a swanky party at the Richard Nixon Library, and you just might get to experience Derek’s cooking for yourself!

About The Moment


For anyone who believes in second chances comes USA Network's new unscripted original series The Moment. Hosted by legendary NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, The Moment will give ordinary Americans the opportunity to realize their dreams and rewrite their life stories.

Each week, Kurt will surprise one nominee with a unique offer: a second chance to pursue the career they've always dreamed of, from race car driver to costume designer to sports photographer. Traveling far from their homes and families to pursue their calling under the guidance of expert mentors, each hopeful will prepare for the interview of a lifetime. In the end, they will find out whether they still have what it takes to pursue this career or if they've been living their dream life all along.

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