Tom Wilscam was 14 when he became a soda jerk, and 25 when he became manager of his first restaurant. It was a small place, not a very busy one, located between Golden and Boulder, Colo. He worked there after graduating from college, making a little money while sending resumes to prospective employers. The restaurant owner, who wasn’t much interested in running the place anymore, asked Wilscam to take the lead.“He gave me the key, and I said, ‘I don’t know a damn thing about food ...

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