UNDER THE TOQUE: Deafness far from a detriment for determined chef

UNDER THE TOQUE: Deafness far from a detriment for determined chef

Like most talented chefs, Darren Weiss toiled away in others’ kitchens for years before opening his own spot, Café Catalina in Redondo Beach, Calif., in 2000. The restaurant was a humble one in a strip center with an upstairs kitchen from which he and a pair of servers fed 10 tables. As the chef-owner, the pressure was always on, but he loved being in charge.

Customers enjoyed the diminutive cafe and its ever-smiling chef, who they would learn was deaf but an excellent lip

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