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John Culver of Blasted Barley Beer Co. in Tempe on Leaving Fine Dining, Learning From Bob Tam, and the Importance of Being Creative

John Culver Executive Chef Blasted Barley Beer Co. 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe www.BlastedBarley.com

Walk into Tempe's new Mill Avenue brewery, Blasted Barley, and you'll notice the large patio, the kegs of beer sitting on a loft above the bar, and a selection of games -- including cornhole and skee-ball -- in the back of the restaurant. It's a fun looking place for sure, but perhaps not a place where you'd expect to find interesting, quality food.

Chef John Culver knows that. He also wants to prove you wrong.

"I don't want to go totally off the wall," he says. "But I want to bring it up a notch."

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