(COLORADO SPRINGS) — When he’s not wowing his taste buds, local celebrity chef Brother Luck pushes the boundaries of cuisine and inspires audiences across the country. It starts with cheeseburger dumplings here in Colorado Springs.
According to Luck, his love of cooking began out of necessity. Lac, who was later influenced by French and Italian chefs, says he remembers being overwhelmed in his teens when he first learned how to cook his passion.
“It was all in French,” he said. “I still have my notebooks from when I was 15 or 16, and looking back, I spelled everything wrong. I was just trying to catch up.”
Fortune thrives on mentorship. That’s exactly how he’s giving back to his hometown.
“Being able to teach our youth is actually one of my favorite things to do. Someone took that time and invested that time in me,” Luck said. “They taught me to cook at an early age, so that’s one of the main driving forces behind why I do it.”
Chef Luck has been nominated by James Beard and is a fan favorite on cooking competition shows like Top Chef, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. He has recently appeared on The Rachel Ray Show, The Today Show and has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine.
To stay “well” during the pandemic, Luck started a virtual cooking class to keep the restaurant alive and staff on duty. His nonchalant Facebook Life was in high demand at the community dinner table.
“The good thing about doing virtual classes is like watching me on TV. You can sit back and enjoy yourself in the comfort of your own home,” Luck said.
Luck’s career continues at Varsity Tutors, the nation’s largest live learning platform with over 40,000 tutors teaching over 3,000 subjects. Her StarCourse series includes nearly 300 classes taught by renowned instructors, teaching her passion for free nationwide.
Varsity Tutor Chief Academic Officer Brian Galvin said he hopes to add cooking classes to StarCourse for some time. I got lucky and had a “perfect” local connection.
“This is one of the highest rated classes ever,” says Galvin. “We thought, ‘Why didn’t we do this before?'”
According to Galvin, StarCourse’s first cooking class received an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5. Families across the country from New York to California listened to local celebrity chefs from Colorado Springs.
“Brother Luck is very good not only in his food, but also in his food culture and history,” Galvin said. “He has researched all over the world and can trace the history of dumplings back to a thousand years.”
Luck is the owner of Lucky Dumpling, The Studio, and Four by Brother Luck in downtown Colorado Springs.
If you missed the class or need a refresher, you can access Luck’s classes and tutorials on his website. Stay tuned for his next independent virtual his couples class where he will teach you how to make cheese and chocolate fondue.