Jay Sparks, Chef, Azur, Minneapolis, MN

Jay Sparks couldn't cut it as a rock guitarist in the '70's. He was a pretty decent musician, but just couldn't stand the smoky bars his band played in. "So what did I do? I got a job in a smoky kitchen instead," he laughs, while holding court in the kitchen of Azur, Minneapolis' newest, eye-popping restaurant.

Sparks, who was always a whiz in his own home kitchen, decided to become a chef at the urging of his wife. He enrolled in a Minneapolis culinary school and quickly landed a job

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