Famed BBQ chef didn't always have a career in food

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There's nothing better than attending the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, because it's the perfect setting to get to know your favorite chefs for who they are, rather than just the roles they play on television and in the media.

Tim Love is one of those fan-favorite chefs with a following of people who love his personality. He's uncensored, funny, good-natured and in a lot of ways, just like us. He doesn't try to be anything he's not, he just happens to be a guy who loves barbecue and is insanely talented at cooking it.

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That's why it came as such a surprise to learn that Love didn't always have his sights set on being the best BBQ chef in the world. Once upon a time, the chef was actually a professional snowboarder!

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And while we were initially shocked to hear it, it actually makes a lot of sense. Sure, snowboarding is a risky career choice for a few reasons, but so is breaking into the culinary world and the restaurant scene.

"I'm not afraid of ever losing," Love told us. "I'm the youngest of seven kids, I grew up really poor. I've already been at the bottom, so I'm not afraid of it."

It makes sense, then, that the chef took a more unconventional career path and now finds himself as an investor on the CNBC series Restaurant Startup, where he continues to take risks for what he believes in.

That said, the best advice Love ever received is to "prepare yourself for everything."

We're not sure about you, but if a little preparation and risk taking can lead us to a career that involves cooking and eating a whole lot of barbecue, we're in.

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Culinary luminaries attend the Charleston Social on top of Aspen Mountain at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chris Consentino demonstrates at the Cooking Tent at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson and Gail Simmons demonstrate at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons demonstrates at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Tyler Florence and Nilou Motamed at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Marcus Samuellson, Claudine Pepin and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Claudine Pepin, Marcus Samuellson and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jonathan Waxman and Chris Consentino at the Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mark Oldman presenting at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer, Anne Burrell, Lindsay Slaby and Jay Hajj attend the Wines From Spain Party at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Kris Yenbamroong, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske attend the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Grayson Schmitz attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Sissy Biggers attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Richard Blais and Nilou Motamed attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Justin Chapple attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jacques Pepin attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Michel Nischan attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Grdovic and Katrin Naelapaa attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jazmin Zepeda and Richard Blais attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Scott Conant, Jay Hajj, Mike Lata, Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Tosi and Wylie Dufresne attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Billy Harris and Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jeremy Ford attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Phillip Frankland Lee attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons host the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern hosts the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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