Grant Achatz Likens His Tongue to His Soul

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Grant Achatz appeared on an Oprah episode about medical mistakes yesterday to discuss his struggle with misdiagnosed tongue cancer. Now practically a foodie ghost story, Achatz described his treatment options: live for six months or lose his tongue. His reaction? Theres absolutely no way you can do this. Do you realize who I am, what I do? Im a chef. Cooking and tasting and creating food is my passion, he told Oprah. Certainly what they were recommending was a very severe treatment that would compromise a lot of aspects of my life. They were going to remove my soul, essentially. Watch the clip after the jump.

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