Great Lakes Chef Battling Cancer

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Alinea Chef Grant Achatz
In May, groundbreaking Chicago chef Grant Achatz (Alinea) beat out our own Michael Symon for the James Beard Foundation’s title of Best Chef in the Great Lakes. Now, sadly, the nationally acclaimed culinarian is fighting a real-life battle. Achatz, 33, announced last week on foodie forum eGullet that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the mouth. Achatz and his doctors are optimistic he can beat the disease, and, for now, Alinea remains open for business -- which is good news for local foodies. Alinea, with its groundbreaking menu of “molecular gastronomy,” has become one of the top destinations for Cleveland-area food fans headed to the Windy City -- including this food fan. For more on Achatz’ condition, read Phil Vettel’s story in the Chicago Tribune. -- Elaine T. Cicora

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