Urbana Executive Sous Chef Charles Dwan Shares His Ink

Urbana’s executive sous chef Charles Dwan comes from tough stock. “My mom died when I was 10,” he says, before quickly clarifying, “but she’s still with us. Still kicking ass and taking names.” His mother actually flatlined three times after suffering a brain aneurysm, but refused to succumb. That might seem like beating impossible odds to most, but Dwan simply says, “You don’t mess with Mom.” Not even if you’re the Grim Reaper apparently. The giant tortoise shell cross tattoo that covers his entire back is the chef’s tribute to her resilience.

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