You might know Brent Beavers’ name from his signature dishes at former eateries Sencha and Conscious Table or his many awards in food competitions such as The Chefs’ Gala. But the path to his career has been the proverbial roller-coaster ride.The lows and highs started at age 15, when he left his parents’ home and wound up in group homes for troubled teens.“I was a pain-in-the-ass kid,” said Beavers, 47. “My parents didn’t know what to do with me. I spent time in foster care.”Some of his rebellion was fueled by physical abuse from his dad, Beavers said.“There was a period of time he would be aggressive to me and my mom. I was getting bigger and tried to retaliate. The police stepped in and sent me to a state hospital for psychological evaluation.”“It’s true,” said his mom, Edna Wallace. “Brent was rebellious at times, especially during his early teen years. And perhaps his journey was a little more dramatic than most. But divorce is confusing and often disrupts kids in negative and heartbreaking ways. It’s difficult for parents to find available resources that will be most helpful. The child is the one who is least prepared for the upheaval… Read full this story
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