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Chef Brendan Collins of Birch in Hollywood picks hard work over play
Chef Brendan Collins of Birch in Hollywood picks hard work over play

Brendan Collins, chef-owner of the recently opened Birch in Hollywood, credits Margaret Thatcher for his restaurant career. Well, sort of. When Thatcher closed British mines in the '80s, Collins' father, once a mine worker, became a relief pub landlord. He and his family traveled around Nottinghamshire in England, running pubs when the landlords were on holiday. During his father's part-time stints, Collins says he always gravitated toward the kitchens. It was either that or become a football player (the British kind), which is what he really wanted to do. Collins has remained a die-hard Manchester United fan, but instead of spending his time on the pitch, he's become...

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