Grant Achatz Fights to Save His Life and Taste

This week’s New Yorker has a gripping profile of Grant Achatz, the brilliant chef of Chicago’s Alinea who recently endured a life-threatening bout with tongue cancer. The profile describes a healthy but still pained young chef struggling to maintain his place as one of the country’s leading cooks without the ability to, at least as yet, taste anything that he makes. The story is sort of tragic, sort of heroic, and definitely great.

A Man of Taste [NYer]