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Couple Takes Flak for Crying Baby in Elite Restaurant

Chicago's Alinea now at center of debate on diners' etiquette

(Newser) - It all started with a cranky baby. But this particular baby happened to be with mom and dad as they dined at one of the nation's swankiest restaurants, Chicago's Alinea. As the baby kicked up a fuss, chef Grant Achatz says he could hear it from the kitchen.... More »

Cancer-Beating Achatz Hailed as Top US Chef

34-year-old pushing progressive cuisine at Chicago's Alinea

(Newser) - Just months after beating a cancer that nearly cost him his sense of taste, Grant Achatz was named America's top chef last night by the James Beard Foundation at the culinary world's equivalent of the Academy Awards. "I look at the award as the point of starting over,"... More »

Star Chicago Chef's Mouth Cancer in Remission

Achatz's sense of taste impaired but returning

(Newser) - Chicago chef Grant Achatz’s oral cancer is in remission, the Chicago Tribune reports. The culinary star endured nearly 6 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and says he is “happy to say I've had a clean biopsy.” Foodies can now find Achatz back at Alinea, his award-winning... More »

Mouth Cancer Strikes Top Chicago Chef

Alinea master gourmet Achatz may lose taste from treatment

(Newser) - Award-winning Chicago chef Grant Achatz, owner and head chef of top-rated restaurant Alinea, has a squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth, he announced yesterday. While doctors believe his long-term prognosis is good, it is possible that the chemotherapy necessary to treat the cancer will deprive Achatz of his sense of... More »

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