Daniel O'Leary, Chef, Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas, TX

Maternal advice isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Daniel O'Leary's mother warned her son away from restaurants. A waitress, she knew hard work and lousy hours. But by age fourteen her boy was scrubbing pots anyway. A good thing, too. Had he minded his mom, he would have missed his calling and deprived diners in Dallas of some very good food.

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