Chef Adrien Sharp
Adrien Sharp was born in Nome, Alaska in 1977 and moved quickly from the arctic tundra to the desert of Yuma, Arizona a year later. After spending much of his younger years there, his family relocated one final time to Jackson, Michigan in the heart of the Midwest.
He grew up watching his mother, Karen, cook and always looked forward to dinner. As time went on and he found himself out on his own, at college, he started to dabble in his own culinary adventures. Something stuck from his early years out west and he’s always enjoyed spicy southwestern style cuisine. Cooking has always been a passion of his taking a close second to his love for music. Adrien attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1998 in Tempe, Arizona where he completed the Masters Recording Program with a 4.0 GPA. He played Bass Guitar in a band with his brother for ten years and has always made a hobby of collecting “live” concert recordings of his favorite artists. Returning to Michigan from school he met who would become the love of his life and married Angela Jean in July of 2000. They have three beautiful children. Two boys, Keatan, 17, Kerik, 15, and daughter Astella, 12.
Adrien currently hosts “Food Circus”, which is his second national award-winning cooking program for JTV in Jackson, Michigan. His television career started in 2004 when he became the host of JTV’s first cooking program “Home for Dinner” which brought the local station numerous nationally recognized awards until the new evolved show “Food Circus” was born. http://www.jtv.tv
He has mastered his craft and absolutely loves to teach and entertain. His larger than life opportunity came in December of 2006 when he was selected as a finalist on season three of “The Next Food Network Star” on Food Network. Having a chance to work with the likes of Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Duff Goldman, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentis, Bobby Flay, and others has turned his dream of entertaining nationally a reality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55nWb6GRw4
Following up on his Food Network success Adrien was called personally from Food Network Vice President of Programming, Bob Tushman. He invited Adrien to film a pilot for the Food Network called “Sugar Shack” shot in Pasadena, California. Afterward, he capitalized on a casting call to earn the Chef Host position for “Home Made Simple” on T.L.C. ( The Learning Channel) in 2008. In April of 2010 Adrien took another journey to Pasadena, California and filmed his first of several web videos for Kraft Foods:
Within weeks of returning home, he was hired to film additional videos in Hartford, Connecticut continuing his career down the path of success. During the Fall season of 2010 Myrecipes.com tracked Adrien down to host a brand new Webisode program called “5 & Dine”. Due to the programs popular response, Adrien was chosen as Time Inc. Feature Host and appeared on the “Today Show” with Kathy Lee & Hoda, November 10th, 2011 in NYC where he prepared a Thanksgiving Feast. All of the “5 & Dine” videos as well as his NYC “Today Show” appearance available here: http://www.timeinc.com/experiences/five-dine/
In 2014, acting became another evolving part of Adrien’s career when casting a role in the Feature Film “Fractured” starring Eric Roberts and Jake Busey. A Psychological Thriller filmed in Detroit, Michigan that was written and directed by Lance Kawas.
2015 started strong as Adrien was cast in the TV Sitcom Pilot “Just Brett & Lilly” as Police Officer Goerge. It was filmed in Jackson, Michigan and stars Robert Davi best known for his role as one of the Fratelli Brothers in the classic “The Goonies”!!
Adrien has always been involved in his community whether coaching his two boys in soccer, performing cooking demonstrations or when acting as supporter and contributor to The Mission of Hope Cancer fund in Jackson, Michigan. His Gourmet Barbeque Sauce is sold to help raise money for patients unable to afford their treatment. He also renders his services as a private chef at the Mission of Hopes auctions and fundraisers.