3/19/2013 04:46:00 PM

Required Reading: What Chefs Were Before They Were Chefs

Rob Levitt, butcher/jazz musician
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you asked this to a dreamy-eyed teenage Paul Virant he would tell you “a back-up member for Kiss.” From Indiana Jones to a neurosurgeon, life in the kitchen was not on the radar for many of Chicago’s most well-known chefs. Like everyone, they had dreams, few of which involved cooking. Some even ended up in the culinary world after beginning their careers elsewhere. Take butcher Rob Levitt, he played jazz in a wedding band before turning his focus to butchery.

Matt Kirouac interviewed several chefs about their lives before picking up a knife. Read the full article on NewCity.

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