Parker County Today April 2018 - Page 74

and make them smile, it’s a good day. Continued from page 54 anyone, either living or dead from history, who would it be?  NR: It would be Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was one of the greatest Christian philosophers of all time. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? AA: Any day with my family is the best day  PCT: If you had to do another job other than what you’re doing, what would you do?  SR: I would do landscaping/garden- ing/farming. PCT: What is your impact to Parker County?  SR: I hope that I have impacted my patients by discussing with them the importance of nutrition. It has been one of my passions to press upon them the things they can do to take control of their health.  AA: Life on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever?   SR: My definition of the best day ever would be being with my family at the beach! PCT: What do you do to decompress?  AA: Playing with my kids and being with my wife is my comfort. Then I really decompress at the gym late at night. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give?  SR: I would say to do what you love and do it to the best of your ability. PCT: What is something people don’t know about you?  AA: If I tell you, then you will know... PCT: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in your life?  SR: The coolest thing I have ever done would be when I was a teen- ager. I was on vacation at a friend’s ranch in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and we were sent by his dad to track and hunt a leopard that had been killing their cattle.  Aaron Austin 72 PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give?  AA: Follow your dreams. Don’t be scared to do something outside the box, some of the greatest innovations were discovered as a mistake.  Aaron Austin is the Executive Chef and General Manager at Vintage Grill and Car Museum. He is also our 2017 chef of the year. PCT: How did you get into your occupation?  AA: It was something I always had a passion for, but was scared to take that step. When I finally did, it was the best choice I ever made. PCT: What is your favorite novel?  PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life?  AA: I had the pleasure of serving this country in Iraq and Afghanistan. I made great friends along the way, but more than anything it shaped me into who I am today. Monika Cooper Monika is an attorney. PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for?  AA: I try my best to give back to the community, so hopefully for that. PCT: If you could have lunch with any one, either living or dead from history, who would it be?  AA: I would have to say my parents. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us, but it would be awesome to have them eat in my restaurant. PCT: If you had to do another job than what you’re doing, what would you do?  AA: Now I have to answer question 5, I am Batman...   PCT: What is your impact to Parker County? AA: I love giving back to charity. I do events with Parker County Today, Make a Wish, and others as well. I coach my son’s baseball team. My job is a chef is to make people happy, so if I can impact someone PCT: How did you get into your occu- pation? MC: The occupation of an attorney was one of the three career paths I considered while in high school. After graduating from high school and while attending college, I started to work as a file clerk/ reception at a law firm in Fort Worth. My position there only confirmed that law was what I wanted to do. I worked at my firm as a file clerk/receptionist until I was promoted to a litigation assistant and then a paralegal. I then continued my employment through law school at Texas A&M Law school f/k/a Texas Wesleyan University. Upon graduat-