Cafe Society

Tony Hessel, chef of West Flanders Brewing: "Cupcakes are over-indulgent"

Tony Hessel West Flanders Brewing Co. 1125 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-447-2739

This is part one of my interview with Tony Hessel, exec chef of West Flanders Brewing Co; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Connecticut, Tony Hessel always thought he wanted to be a teacher -- but the 6' 5" teenager realized that while his attention span for the classroom was short, his interest in the kitchen just kept growing. "Yeah, I wanted to be a teacher when I was young, but when I got my first job as a dishwasher, I realized that I liked the kitchen a lot more than I liked the classroom," says Hessel, today the executive chef of West Flanders Brewing Co. "And I was good at cooking, even at a young age -- plus I loved the marriage of ingredients, of taking five or six things and making something amazing out of it."

See also: Recreational Smoke: West Flanders Brewing releases a beer in honor of pot legalization

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Lori Midson
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