You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

Well, you know, we all want to change careers

At just 24, Brown quickly moved up the ranks to the highest position in the kitchen. (Dishwashing is the dregs, followed by prep or line cook, a number of assistant cooks such as pastry chef or sauté chef, sous chef, and finally, executive chef.)

Brown married at 17 and worked diligently but not happily as a collections officer at Discover Card. With a growing family and a dying patience, Brown decided to supplement his full-time gig with classes at SCI. Two months into the program, Brown spontaneously applied for a prep cook position at Foster's. Three and a half years later, the young executive chef is in charge of entire menus for both Foster's and 33 American Bistro, in addition to managing a kitchen full of cooks who, at their age, should be mentoring young Chef Brown.

But he takes it all in stride, calling his job a balancing act, and crediting school with his success, despite his unusual fast track.

Details

"Could I have done it without school? Probably," he admits. "Would I have gotten that knowledge without going to school? Definitely not."

Cooking classes

AndyFood -- A Culinary Studio
7000 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 1740, Scottsdale
480-951-2400
www.andyfood.com

Arizona Culinary Institute
10585 North 114th Street, Suite 401, Scottsdale
480-603-1066
www.azculinary.com

The Art Institute of Phoenix
2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix
800-474-2479
www.education.org/artinstitutes/phoenix.html

Chef Brad's Kitchen Store -- Cooking Classes
456 West Main Street, Mesa
480-861-0205
www.chefbrad.com

Cooking for Pleasure -- Cooking Classes
2575 North Val Vista Drive, Mesa
480-990-9937
www.cooking4pleasure.com/

Cooking With Class, Ltd. -- Cooking School
14202 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale
480-607-7474
www.cookingwithclass.com

Kitchen Classics Cooking Classes
4041 East Thomas Road, Phoenix
602-954-8141
www.kitchen-classics.com/cookclass.htm

Les Gourmettes Cooking School
6610 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
602-240-6767

Maricopa Skill Centers
1245 East Buckeye Road, Phoenix
602-238-4300
www.msc.gwc.maricopa.edu

Phoenix College, Culinary Studies
1202 West Thomas Road, Phoenix
602-285-7765
www.pc.maricopa.edu/aahs/culinary/index.html

Scottsdale Athletic Club -- Cooking Classes
8225 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
480-991-1571
www.scottsdaleresortandathleticclub.com/sac/activities.html

Scottsdale Community College, Culinary Arts
9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale
480-423-6241
www.sc.maricopa.edu/culinary

Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program
8100 East Camelback Road, Suite 1001, Scottsdale
480-990-4773
www.chefs.edu

Shar's Bosch Kitchen Center -- Cooking Classes
3434 West Greenway Road, Suite 4, Phoenix
602-863-1080
www.sharskitchen.com

Sur La Table -- Scottsdale, Culinary Program
7122 East Greenway Parkway, Suite 100, Scottsdale
480-998-0118
www.surlatable.com

Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
10701 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 101, Scottsdale
480-596-5628
www.sweetbasilgourmet.com

Thai Gourmet House Cooking School
8313 East Monterosa Street, Scottsdale
480-947-1258
www.thaigourmethouse.com

Stocking the kitchen: helpful stores and web sites

Bed, Bath & Beyond
www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Chef's Catalog
www.chefscatalog.com

Cook's Market
www.cooksmarket.com

A Cook's Wares
www.cookswares.com

Cooks' World
www.cooksworld.com

Costco
www.costco.com

Crate & Barrel
www.crateandbarrel.com

Dean & Deluca
www.deandeluca.com

Kitchen Krafts
www.kitchenkrafts.com

Sur La Table
www.surlatable.com

Williams-Sonoma
www.williams-sonoma.com

Local supply stores

Chandler

Kitchen & Things
3111 West Chandler Boulevard
480-963-7822

Sur La Table
7131 West Ray Road
480-893-0660

Gilbert

Shar's Bosch Kitchen Center
1130 North Gilbert Road
480-558-1191

Glendale

Kitchen Gourmet
7700 West Arrowhead Towne Center
623-412-8177

Mesa

Miracle Maid Cookware
480-812-8509

Kitchen Concepts
6555 East Southern Avenue
480-832-3120

Phoenix

A To Z Restaurant Equipment
1821 West Grant Street
602-230-8480

Andrews Restaurant Supply, Inc.
2425 East Washington Street
602-244-2403

Arizona Cooking Supply
2933 West Lincoln Street
602-278-5700

Bargain Store Equipment
209 South 23rd Street
602-230-8122

Carico Del Sol
4744 North Central Avenue
602-253-7011

Carico Del Sol
3817 North 15th Avenue
602-253-7011

Cook's Ware
1710 West Montebello Avenue

Kitchen Classics
4041 East Thomas Road
602-954-8141

Le Creuset
4250 West Honda Bow Road, Suite 880
623-465-5876

National Restaurant Supply
3311 East McDowell Road
602-225-2828

Royal Prestige
1095 East Indian School Road
602-240-5444

Royal Prestige Exido Universal
2432 West Peoria Avenue
602-944-4063

Shar's Bosch Kitchen Center
3434 West Greenway Road
602-863-1080

Standard Restaurant Equipment
2922 East McDowell Road
602-275-0013

United Restaurant Supply
3532 West Northern Avenue
602-336-9932

Urban Chef Outfitters
15414 North Seventh Street, Suite 8
602-896-4366

Williams-Sonoma
2450 East Camelback Road
602-957-0430

Scottsdale

Scottsdale Kitchen Co.
7014 East Camelback Road
480-990-9123

Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
10749 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 101
480-596-5628

Tempe

Saladmaster
455 South 48th Street
480-704-5343

-- Ashlea Deahl

So you wanna be . . . a DJ

On a mid-December evening in a hard-to-find room at Scottsdale Community College, about a dozen aspiring DJs wearing headphones are huddled over their individual turntables, scratching over an instrumental version of Alicia Keys' "Karma" that's being broadcast over the class's PA. Only they can hear what they're doing on top of the funky midtempo beat, but their professor, DJ Radar, is circling the class, plugging his headphones into their mixers and offering instruction. To one ambitious DJ, Radar is explaining that scratching and using the fader concurrently is "like rubbing your tummy and patting your head" -- it's just a matter of practice.

Yeah, with substantial practice, and some good advice from adept DJs like Radar, you too could be mixing and cutting up tracks and rocking the club crowds by the time '06 hits, if you put a lot of effort into it. And keep your expectations low. Even for relative veteran DJs like Smite and Stefascope, consistent success (at least financially) can be elusive -- but hey, this is art, right? Don't worry about the bling; focus on getting the sounds in your head out into the aural stratosphere.

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