When Bradley Yard was 14, he had spent most of his childhood watching his mother bake when he decided that's what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

He started his cooking career at a brewery in Wyoming, worked in several chef positions over the years, and most recently landed his first big gig: as executive chef at Avelina, a fine-dining restaurant that opened last September at 1550 17th St. in Denver's Lower Downtown.

It's a position that involves plenty more than cooking, plus long hours and a lot of commitment.

Read more at Denver Business Journal.