For fans of Grant Achatz: I got an email from Grant, who was just in Manhattan for the Star Chefs conference, saying that doctors report that chemo had reduced the tumor in his tongue by 75%, which is really good news.  Radiation, a serious body blow, begins soon. I can honestly say that I’ve never met a chef with more focus and drive in the kitchen.  I know Grant will succeed here as he has succeeded in every endeavor he’s set his mind do.  All best wishes, Grant.

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27 Wonderful responses to “Achatz Update”

  • rockandroller

    That’s good news, I know everyone wishes him well and thanks for the update. I hate to ask but I’m ignorant of such things – is the radiation supposed to take care of the remaining 25%?

  • artnlit

    PS. The radiation will indeed be tough; take it day by day and continue to focus on the pleasures of the kitchen…

  • JoP in NE

    I recently saw an him in an interview on TV—CNN, I think. Not sure. He seems like a very focused, determined guy. Lots of good wishes to him. Thanks for letting us know how he’s doing.

  • HB

    Chef, if you only knew how many people are in your corner and sending you good thoughts. Most of us don’t even know you and probably never will. But we are out here…stay the course!

  • Jamie Purviance

    At first I was impressed beyond belief by Grant’s food. Now I am doubly impressed by his fortitude and I join the rest of you in rooting for Grant’s full recovery.

  • tokyoastrogirl

    Thanks so much for the update. I have been thinking of him since I first heard the news. I am so happy to hear he’s doing better. My best wishes for a speedy, full and permanent recovery. The food world needs him!

  • Claudia

    Grant, I hope you continue to get through this swiftly and safely, with full remission – and no dimunition of your palate. Michael, thank you for continue to update us.

  • Kal

    We Food N00bs continue to send our good thoughts in Grant’s direction and are grateful for your updates, Michael — great news!

  • Tana

    That’s wonderful news. He’s got the right mindset to triumph over cancer: one of the foremost things in licking it (er, no pun intended) is to be the kind of person who challenges rules and limitations. Grant’s clearly got that quality in mega-spades, and I look forward to his recovery.

  • Shannon

    I’m sending him tumor shrinking vibes.

    What a strong person to be going through what he is and still going full steam ahead with his work. I guess it helps to cope when you’re busy doing something you love.

  • Ian B

    Thanks for the update Michael. I saw Chef Achatz’s work on ‘Chef at Large’ here on Food TV Canada and I was blown away. The culinary landscape needs him.

    Grant, give it hell!

  • anita berlanga

    Michael,

    Thanks for the update. As fiat lux said, there are so many people who are pulling for Chef – the Universe has got to be paying attention:-) My best wishes to you, Chef, as you continue to prevail over this.

  • Linda

    Thanks for the update. We had a wonderful and memorable meal there in July where we were accorded a couple of extra courses after waxing eloquent on our Los Angeles laying hens for better pasta making.
    I am a long term cancer survivor who had radiation to the jaw many years ago. Radiation to the mouth and jaw can cause a reduction of salvia. It’s important to be on top of this for all sorts of reasons. There are now products out there to help with this but physicians sometimes fail to inform patients.

  • Carol Wren Schwartz

    Advice for Grant …. after reading the article in people Magazine I hope you will review your life and see where it might be out of balance.Having been an oncology nurse for 10 years and support group leader The people who seem to “make it ” and stay that way inevitably make major changes in their life . Use the food you prepare for healing and let go of the 17 hour work week and all the diet cokes.Your body is telling you something ..I hope you will listen …

  • Malavika Kamaraju

    I am editor of a lifestyle magazine in Dubai. The magazine is a weekend glossy called Friday. We are bringing out a special magazine on food titled Flavours and we would love you (Michael Ruhlman) to be a big part of it. We would like you to talk of your new book, The Elements of Cooking, plus answer some questions on food, lifestyle, yourself, etc. We propose this to be a major article in Flavours and it would delight our readership which is a multiethnic mix of over 140 nationalities.

    Since you have been called one of the best translators of the chef’s craft to home cooks, we cannot think of a better person to be the anchor personality of this magazine. BTW, Flavours is a quarterly issued along with Friday, the region’s highest selling English weekly. lifestyle magazine.

    I would love to hear a yes from you.

    Thank you in anticipation,

    Regards,
    Malavika

  • Malavika Kamaraju

    I am editor of a lifestyle magazine in Dubai. The magazine is a weekend glossy called Friday. We are bringing out a special magazine on food titled Flavours and we would love you (Michael Ruhlman) to be a big part of it. We would like you to talk of your new book, The Elements of Cooking, plus answer some questions on food, lifestyle, yourself, etc. We propose this to be a major article in Flavours and it would delight our readership which is a multiethnic mix of over 140 nationalities.

    Since you have been called one of the best translators of the chef’s craft to home cooks, we cannot think of a better person to be the anchor personality of this magazine. BTW, Flavours is a quarterly issued along with Friday, the region’s highest selling English weekly. lifestyle magazine.

    I would love to hear a yes from you.

    Thank you in anticipation,

    Regards,
    Malavika