Being from North Carolina, Chuck was raised in the traditions of southern food and hospitality. Instilled with a passion for cooking by his grandmother, Chuck dreamed of becoming a chef. He enrolled at Johnson & Wales and was on his way. Unfortunately a bout with a stomach sidelined him. Doctors told him that he may never eat solid foods again and that he certainly would not be a chef. This made Chuck’s passion for the culinary arts stronger. He beat the cancer, finished school and began to work in some of the South’s premiere restaurants and hotels. He credits a diet of locally sourced foods for his recovery and ten plus years of remission. During the 2010’s Chef Chuck enjoyed sharing his love of locally grown foods at Worth It Café in Durham, North Carolina and throughout the triangle, teaching classes and giving demos at farmers markets and other local venues. “No matter where you live, stay, Thankfully Local” is his mantra. He believes that cooking and eating locally can be done anywhere in America.
In 2012 Chef Chuck Hayworth was approached about working in television. The result was his cooking show Thankfully Local with Chef Chuck. It ran on MAVTV for four seasons. After the show wrapped, Chef Chuck decided to write down his inspiring story. Working with experts in the field, he published the Amazon Best Selling by Category “The Chefs Recovery” in early 2014.