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Drew Hardin, exec chef of Lola, on cooks who don't have passion

Drew Hardin Lola 1575 Boulder Street 720-570-8686 www.loladenver.com

This is part one of my interview with Drew Hardin, exec chef of Lola; part two of our chat will run tomorrow.

Drew Hardin grew up watching Julia and Jacques, sometimes begrudgingly, but when dinnertime came around, he appreciated the fact that his mother would often force him to turn off cartoons and divert his attention to French cooking techniques. "We always had family dinners, usually every night of the week," remembers Hardin, "and my mom loved to cook -- she was very good at it -- and she'd make us dinner using Jacque and Julia's recipes, so we always ate really well."

See also:

- Kevin Morrison, exec chef-owner of Pinche Taqueria, on learning enough to move on - Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce on being booted from Top Chef Seattle - Darrel Truett, exec chef of Barolo Grill, on bacon everything, truffles and "Insalata 21, 31, 41, 51"