New Kid in the Kitchen

He's only 25. But some folks think Dave Lieberman has all the ingredients to be the next celebrity chef

Just two years ago, Dave Lieberman was an aspiring diplomat in the department of political science at Yale. But one April morning in 2003, as he walked out of a class on the cold war, he flipped on his cell phone and found six new messages that sent him in a radically different direction. "Three from publishers, two from TV stations. Oh, and Letterman," he recalls. Jay Leno phoned later. They all wanted to know more about Campus Cuisine, Lieberman's public-access cooking show that had been mentioned in that day's New York Times. "I had no idea what was going on,"...

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