Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Grant Achatz Battles Cancer

Yesterday, news began hitting major outlets that Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago has cancer (mouth and tongue). His release is here (via Bruni at the NYT):

“I wanted to personally report that I have been very recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. I have consulted several prominent physicians and will likely begin aggressive treatment within the next few weeks. I remain, and will remain, actively and optimistically engaged in operations at Alinea to the largest extent possible. Alinea will continue to perform at the level people have come to expect from us — I insist on that. I have received amazing support from friends, family, and everyone who has thus far been told of the disease, and I look forward to a full, cancer-free, recovery.”


scubachef said...

Wow, he's only 33. I haven't been to Alinea (yet), but I did experience his mastery when he was at Trio, and can say no matter what happens, his innovation and playfulness have already left an incredible legacy: respect for food and dining, and recognition of the art that it truly is. I wish him the best.

Anonymous said...

Here's to a complete and full recovery Grant!

Much respect!