Chef “Tee” Terrell Danley

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Chef Tee is smoke free!  After 27 years of lighting up, the Salt & Pepper co-star quit smoking cold turkey, and says he doesn’t miss it.

It’s been nearly two months since Chef “Tee” Terrell Danley picked up a cigarette.  Even though many stumble when trying to kick their nicotine habits, the Washington, D.C.-native is confident he won’t fall off the wagon, thanks to his faith in a higher power.

“God told me to quit because He said He has big plans for me,” the SNP chef said.

Giving up cigarettes (Chef Tee averaged a pack a day) was half of his two-part fitness plan.  Last year, the SNP co-star completed the first part when he shed 60 pounds.

“I wanted to lose weight by my 51st birthday, and stop smoking by my 52nd,” he said.

Now that Chef Tee has accomplished both goals, he feels amazing.  No cigarettes means he is breathing easier, has an improved sense of smell and a more discerning palate.

“Everything tastes different and smells different,” he said with a bit of wonder in his voice.  “It’s like I’m tasting things for the first time.”

As a result of his more open senses, Chef Tee can balance flavors better when cooking, which ups his game in the kitchen.

If you know the D.C. native, and had never seen him smoke, you’re not alone.  He considered himself a “closet smoker” because he only lit up when driving alone in his vehicle.

Shortly after becoming smoke free, Chef Tee got rid of his truck and bought a new one as a “kick-the-habit” reward.  He also got it because he couldn’t stand the stench in his old vehicle anymore.  Chef Tee didn’t notice the smell when he was a smoker, but now his nose is more sensitive.

“It (the old truck smell) was making me sick,” he said.

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