Chef Brother Luck and author of No Lucks Given, who you may know from "Chopped" and "Top Chef," says he became a chef out of necessity as a teenager after his father passed away.
"We had no support, no financial structure put into place," Brother Luck says. "My mother had to fend for herself, taking care of two young boys. All of a sudden, I had to become the man of the house."
"I got into cooking out of necessity," he continues. "I was hungry. And what better way to serve yourself some food or find some food than to join a kitchen?"
That's when he joined a nonprofit organization for inner city, at-risk youth called CCAP—Careers through Culinary Arts Program. From there, he attended culinary school on a scholarship, competed on "Beat Bobby Flay," "Chopped" and "Top Chef"—and has even opened multiple restaurants in Colorado, including Four by Brother Luck and Lucky Dumpling.
Get his signature burger recipe—a Bacon Jam Cheeseburger (umm, YUM)—here.