Chef Kerry Simon Battling Aggressive Parkinson’s Disease

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The <em>Iron Chef</em> winner now faces another battle.
The Iron Chef winner now faces another battle.

The LA Market and Grill at Sapphire chef Kerry Simon is being treated for multiple system atrophy, a particularly aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The neurodegenerative disorder has no cure, and despite the fact that Simon is on a regimen of potentially disease-modifying drugs and has taken up a rigorous plan of physical therapy, he is still actively managing his restaurant empire. “It is heart-breaking," business partner Elizabeth Blau says. "Kerry is the kindest, gentlest soul. This is beyond unfair.” [Las Vegas Sun, Related]