Photos by Eduardo Contreras
When he first set foot in Matsuhisa Aspen at age 22, Brian Redzikowski knew nothing about Japanese cuisine.
"I said, 'Listen, I'll work for a month for free. I don't know what soy sauce is. I don't know what sesame oil is. I don't know anything, but I'm a hard worker. I'll work,' " Redzikowski said.
And work he did.
For the next three years, Redzikowski earned his culinary chops in a Colorado kitchen overseen by world-renowned chef and winner of a prestigious James Beard award, Nobu Matsuhisa, the namesake of a global chain of high-end Japanese restaurants that includes Nobu San Diego, inside downtown's Hard Rock...