Real Men Feel: Ep. 273, No Lucks Given | Mental Health in The Kitchen

October 1, 2022

No Lucks Given | Mental Health in The Kitchen Episode 273, September 30, 2022

Today Real Men Feel ventures into the kitchen to talk with Chef Brother Luck. Brother is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, and advocate for the pursuit of self-discovery. He is on a mission to prove to others that while our past is forever a part of who we are, it does not determine the people we become.

Brother has appeared on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and Top Chef. He also owns two restaurants, Four by Brother Luck, and Lucky Dumpling, located in his home, Colorado Springs. And he has just released his memoir, No Lucks Given.

We discuss courage, vulnerability, mentorship, and the freedom of tears.
TRIGGER WARNING: We also talk about suicide attempts and the death of Anthony Bordain.

Sometimes the bravest thing a man can do is ask for help.

“Vulnerability is courage. I takes a lot to be vulnerable, I’m judged on every plate I serve.”

Chef Brother Luck

If you are in crisis, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Topics and Questions

  • 1:05 – What first got you interested in cooking?
  • 2:54 – Before chefs, was there anyone in your life who told you, “good job”?
  • 3:25 – What told you that you were following the wrong people?
  • 4:05 – Traditionally, women predominantly do cooking, yet most famous chefs are men. Where does that discrepancy comes from?
  • 5:57 – Is it difficult to leap from chef to celebrity chef?
  • 7:05 – Your memoir is titled, No Lucks Given; what does that mean?
  • 8:51 – Was perseverance natural for you?
  • 9:27 – What was your childhood like?
  • 10:11 – Hitting his breaking point?
  • 11:54 – Who is the worst judge of Brother Luck?
  • 12:49 – Is a professional kitchen supportive of mental health?
  • 15:39 – Do you still find time to enjoy cooking?
  • 16:22 – If you’re one thing. Be vulnerable.
  • 18:23 – Do you come across 16-year-olds who remind you of yourself?
  • 21:11 – How did Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide affect you?
  • 23:30 – After your attempt, what was your next step?
  • 25:20 – What worked well for you that you would recommend to others?
  • 30:00 – Tell me about your advocacy work for mental health.
  • 30:37 – What’s the best way to learn more about you and everything you are up to? 
  • 31:13 – What is one thing you wish more men knew?


Chef Brother Luck —
No Lucks Given: Life’s hard but there is ho[emen — On Amazon

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