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Grant Achatz of Alinea (Chicago) has advanced mouth cancer

It has recently been reported by the NY Times that Grant Achatz has advanced mouth cancer. Let's all hope for a full recovery for him.


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  1. That is not a good prognosis. My stepdad was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer of the tongue over 2 years ago and the treatment of that was very harsh with chemo and radiation. He lost 30 pounds and at the later stages of treatment he had to have a tube place from his nose to his stomach, because he could not swallow anymore. Luckily now he is cancer free.

    I wish him the best of luck.

    1. That is simply awful news. Here's hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

      1. Some good news about Chef Achatz and his battle with cancer....


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        1. re: LabRat

          That's really good to hear. I am particularly glad that he is able to eat whatever he wants and is gaining weight. Thanks for the update. I hope and pray for his continued recovery.

          1. re: LabRat

            Thanks for the up-date. I had the good fortune to experience Grant's food a couple of times and was given a tour through his kitchen. He's truly a remarkable guy and I wish him all the best.

          2. Yea, I read on Ruhlman.com that he was doing better, and that doctors say he's defied expectations. Yay for good news.

            1. For updated information see post dated September 3 by chefg in this thread from the Chicago Area board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/437500

              1. The Chicago Sun Times has an interview with Chef Achatz in the food section today, September 12. http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/fo...

                1. CNN just ran two-minute (or so) piece on Grant Achatz and his decision on how to deal with the cancer. I'm guessing that the video will be available later today on the CNN website.

                  1. This man is amazing and a role model. I really hope he makes and through, with as much of his taste in good condition. I imagine this is one of the worst prognosis a man with his career could get. It's a cruel, cruel cancer for a chef to have. I wish him all the best and hope I get a chance to enjoy his genious soon. My parents went a few months ago and said it was one of the best (and most expensive!!) meals they have ever had.

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                    1. re: Elyssa

                      Definitely sending good thoughts his way. It would be a huge lost to the culinary world...