University of Denver

How one teenager combines school with student council, improv club — and working in a professional kitchen

How one teenager combines school with student council, improv club — and working in a professional kitchen

It’s almost noon in the kitchen at the Wallace restaurant in Culver City and profanity is exploding around the stoves like sparks at a summer barbecue. And at the eye of this curse storm is 16-year-old Holden Dahlerbruch, his shoulders back in perfect posture, his eyes focused on a pan in front of him, seemingly oblivious to his surroundings. He’s in the second hour of his full-day shift at the casual, farm-to-table restaurant. And he’s elbow deep into his prep work making mint “leather,” a paste that involves fresh mint and pectin, that will eventually end up on a dish of lamb farro porridge, harissa, yogurt and a...

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