When one of Chef Brian Ferguson's young cooks wanted to leave his restaurant, 98 South in downtown Chandler, to move out of Arizona for the first time in his life and cook in Oregon, Ferguson said, "Take-off young man, go see the world!"
"That's what the guys that brought me up taught me," he says.
He's referring to three different chefs -- two in Virginia who mentored him when he was first out of culinary school, and another in Lyon, France, where he studied for a year at Pierre Orsi.
When he was in France, he says, "the chef would bring me to the market at 3, 4 in the morning where we bought fish and rabbit with the fur still on and beautiful cheeses."
"It was very, very eye-opening," he says.
Now, he takes his "platoon" of cooks, all hand-picked from a large pool of applicants, to the farmers' market in Chandler every Thursday.