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 BRIAN PETERSON
  
Chef de Cuisine
WRIGHT'S at THE BILTMORE
Phoenix, Arizona

  I wouldn't want to come to work every day knowing I have to do
everything the same exact way every single day.


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Wright's at the Biltmore 
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Brian Peterson
Phoenix, Arizona
   
       
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Brian Peterson | Chef de Cuisine | Wright's at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona Brian Peterson “always”, he said, knew what he wanted to do regarding his career. He, also, “always” wanted to live in California. When he was a growing up in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, he planned to work a hot dog cart on Venice Beach. But you know how life happens. “As I got older,” Peterson said, “I grew up in restaurants. My dad worked on the food service side. He worked with Kraft, Alliance Foods, Philip Morris, all of those big companies. He was a CFO, always on the finance side. I saw that side of it. My mom was a terrible cook. We grew up in restaurants. Eating out every single meal. Or take out.” Her mom, however, not only knew how to cook, she was a good one. Peterson liked to cook with her. “When I was in high school,” Peterson said, “I could care less about math or history or science class. I passed, but I got an A in Home Ec. People always asked, Why are you taking Home Ec? Because I like to cook. Naw, you’re doing it because you like to hang out with girls. I’m like, No. I really like to cook. When I graduated from high school, I got the one scholarship from Home Ec that they offered. I’m like, I told you that.” He used his scholarship to attend Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. He moved to the city and took up food and beverage management. “When I lived in the city it was Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village,” Peterson said about the totally hip neighborhoods. “I loved living there.” Why did he move to Arizona? Peterson laughed. No, snickered. “I moved here because,” Peterson said, “basically, I graduated college. My parents were helping pay the rent for me when I was going to school, and then they moved down here. My brother was going to U of A, and they’re like, You can stay in the city, and be on your own, or you can move to Arizona and try to save some money for a little bit. I was at that crossroad of kind of getting tired of the city. It’d be nice to live in Arizona.” Peterson made the move. He didn’t like it.