The son of coastal Massachusetts fish and chip proprietors, Dan Portelance wanted a different career path. His ultimate dream was to be a famous chef and restaurant owner, and he was on his way—working hard and eventually opening a restaurant. When the restaurant failed, it was a dark, difficult time. Needing a job, he became a cooking teacher at a high school, and discovered that teaching was what he was meant to do all along. His trials led him to a beautiful and meaningful life, where his students bring him no end of joy.