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"It's a tight space, and it's serious work. It's dangerous. There are sharp knives and intense heat."
Behind the countertop, one brother pulls out knives, the other quickly grabs the cutting boards. As one minces green onions, the other shells fava beans. In this kitchen, for brothers Luke and Dean Bergman, food is a family affair.
But this isn't the family kitchen. The Bergman brothers work at Valentino Cucina Italiana, an upscale restaurant at 620 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, and Dean, the younger of the two, has Down syndrome.
The brothers for months have been helping dish out Italian food at Valentino, giving 27-year-old Dean Bergman the chance to use his culinary skills despite his disability.
Dean Bergman's contributions have worked to everyone's benefit: He is getting valuable culinary experience while Giovanni Rocchio, the restaurant owner, is pleased by the work.
"I'm impressed," Rocchio said.
Read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.