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Pete Ryan from Cook Street School of the Culinary Arts dishes on fat wallets, fair wages and mediocrity

Pete Ryan Cook Street School of Culinary Arts 1937 Market Street 303-308-9300 www.cookstreet.com

After a fifteen-month pan-pounding stint at Z Cuisine, in March Pete Ryan became the executive chef/instructor at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, a move that brought him back to the institution where he'd been a student in the inaugural class of 1999. "I had just moved here from New Jersey and was driving by the school one day and saw the 'coming soon' sign, so I came inside, met Michael Comstedt, the school's director, and a couple of beers later, I had signed up for the program," recalls Ryan, who nearly didn't became a chef at all.

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