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Chef Brother Luck's sound advice 

click to enlarge CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
Brother Luck started working in professional kitchens when he was 14 years old. Luck found a welcoming community of chefs during high school and was awarded culinary scholarships through the competitive cooking organizations, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and The Art Institutes (Best Teen Chef 2001). Luck graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix and is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. After culinary school, he continued to work in fine dining kitchens around the world, including the Takitei and Kinjohro Ryokans in Kanazawa, Japan. Currently, Luck is the Chef/Owner of IV by Brother Luck and the soon-to-open Lucky Dumpling in downtown Colorado Springs.

Essential Saturday night listening: I need something soft and soulful to help me unwind after a busy Saturday evening. I usually choose some classic R&B like Anthony Hamilton or Erykah Badu to get my mind right.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Sunday mornings, I need music that’s less aggressive than my previous days because I usually don’t work that day. I choose some feel-good country music like Brooks & Dunn or Billy Currington to start my day off.

First record I bought with my own money: The Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle album in 1993. That album is still an all-time classic and something I listen to on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, I’m switching my Spotify station to it as I’m writing this.

“Wish I‘d written that” song: “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men, because I’d still be getting royalties at every sports event I attend. It has a catchy hook that got so much airtime, and that’s the main reason why I wish I’d written it.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: I wish I could unhear the most recent toddler favorite, “Baby Shark.” I think K-Pop artists know exactly how to release a song that will be stuck in your head forever. I like to start singing that song while standing behind children in the grocery store checkout just to watch the parents’ reaction when the kid starts to join in.

My latest online discovery: Lord Huron. I’ve been asked to cook for Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend, and he’s the headliner for the main stage. I’m really digging the band’s vibe and style.

Artist more people should know about: I’m a hardcore hip-hop junkie, and I think more people need to know about underground artists like Qwel from Chicago. My favorite album of his is If It Ain’t Been in a Pawn Shop, Then It Can’t Play the Blues.

Guilty pleasure: Rick James is totally a guilty pleasure of mine. Not only was he a musical genius, but his swag was incomparable. I listened to his Anthology disc so much that it got stuck in my car stereo and became my only music choice while driving around in my Nissan Sentra.

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