Anne Arundel Community College culinary arts student Lynn Brown said that while growing up in Washington, he would watch his mother prepare dishes that she ultimately taught him to cook.
Then one day, he said, his mother virtually stopped cooking, all but turning the job over to him.
"I was cooking pot roasts in the third grade," said Brown. He took his passion for cuisine to the community college with hopes of becoming a professional chef and discovered a school whose culinary arts institute has generated national attention, in part because of its hands-on approaches to preparing students.
Brown and other students are taking part in two AACC initiatives that offer a firsthand look at the restaurant business. The first is Cole's Bistro, a makeshift restaurant that is a partnership between AACC and the Laurel-based Woodland Job Corps Career Development Center.