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Why This Dentist Left His Longtime Practice to Become a Line Cook

February 24, 2020
by Washington Post


After 43 years of filling cavities and pulling teeth, Illinois dentist Peter Glatz decided to chuck it all in December 2018 and pursue his real dream: working as a line cook at a gourmet restaurant.

“Although I’ve never been motivated by making a fortune, the climate of running a dental practice had changed,” said Glatz, 66. “I no longer enjoyed it.”

Working in a high-end kitchen was a long shot, given that his culinary experience was largely confined to cooking paella and gumbo for Grateful Dead fans during music festivals decades ago. But his longtime wife, Julianne Glatz, had passed away from a pulmonary embolism in 2016, driving home the idea that we all have a limited time on Earth.

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