Grant Achatz, diagnosed with a stage 4 tongue cancer this summer, released a statement yesterday saying that he is cancer free thanks to aggressive chemo and radiation. He missed relatively few services and did not lose his tongue. Recovery from all the treatment is slow, no doubt, and he'll be checked monthly by his docs, but the news couldn't be any better. Bruni's blog has the statement, and the Chicago Tribune food blog also covers it.
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