You don't see too many Korea-born dudes shredding the challenging slopes of the Colorado Rockies. But Akira Back did it with such style and finesse that the one-time professional snowboarder rode his way into the pages of Snowboarder magazine. But guts and glory don't always pay the rent, so Back began working in Aspen restaurant kitchens to supplement his income. As hard as this business is, it's far easier on the body than banging bones on the Rockies. Culinary school proved to be a ...

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