Food Network Star Facing Criminal Charges for Strangling His Wife
Food Network star, Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson, has been arrested for burglary, strangulation and terroristic threatening, according to multiple reports.
The celebrity chef is also facing charges of assault, menacing, criminal mischief and theft-receipt of a stolen credit or debit card. Ferguson was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky.
Local outlet WHAS11 reported that Ferguson illegally entered a woman’s home, grabbed the victim by the neck with both hands and began to choke her. The victim claimed that she couldn’t breathe and lost consciousness. She alleged that Ferguson threatened to kill her.
The 36-year-old was processed at the jail at 3:55 pm local time, per Metro Corrections booking records obtained by Page Six.
Records also revealed that an emergency protection request against the TV chef was granted by a family court, on January 2. Additional details pertaining to his arrest and a potential connection between the two cases remain unclear.
The popular Louisville personality was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. The hearing pertaining to the protection order is set for January 17.
Ferguson shares eight children with wife, Tatahda Ferguson. He has been a fixture on Food Network for years, appearing on “Tournament of Champions” for three seasons. The Guy Fieri series features chefs competing against each other in intense situations. Season 2 of his own series, “SuperChef: Grudge Match,” premiered in December. Ferguson also co-hosted Season 25 of “Worst Cooks in America” alongside Anne Burrell.
Ferguson became well known after launching Louisville restaurants, Superchefs and Tha Drippin’ Crab. Both eateries later closed, shifting the restauranteur’s focus to a career in television.
The bio on his website states that he “found himself on a self-destructive path, leaving him homeless, in and out of jail and unemployed for nearly a year” before he became “serious” about pursuing a culinary career.
The site reads — “Darnell teaches kids, communities and those in need how cooking can be a positive and creative outlet by employing teens, young adults and those in need.”