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(Houston Press)   Thirty-year-old chef dying of cancer has lost his sense of taste, but just opened his own restaurant - and is planning on opening one more before he goes   (houstonpress.com) divider line 52
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2012-10-31 06:09:13 PM  
It's rather amazing that he never lacks money despite losing his job, getting evicted three times, and racking up tons of hospital charges while uninsured.
 
2012-10-31 06:34:00 PM  
Lost his sense of taste? How can you tell? Is he listening to One Direction or reading 50 shades of Grey?
 
2012-10-31 08:27:43 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Lost his sense of taste? How can you tell? Is he listening to One Direction or reading 50 shades of Grey?


Worse. He finds Honey Boo Boo to be a "charming little lady"
 
2012-10-31 08:30:42 PM  
How weird that this guy suffers from the same condition that every school cafeteria employee on the planet does, and yet his version of it is fatal.

Fate, you are a cruel and fickle biatch.
 
2012-10-31 08:36:33 PM  
So they sell peruvian peasant food that isn't cooked
 
2012-10-31 09:18:45 PM  
grant achatz already did it better.
 
2012-10-31 09:47:31 PM  
May I eat there?
 
2012-10-31 09:48:24 PM  
Is he going to build a robot to taste for him, but which is unable to tell the difference between cheese and gasoline?

/slightly obscure?
//maybe in 'Murica
 
2012-10-31 09:50:19 PM  

spasemunki: Is he going to build a robot to taste for him, but which is unable to tell the difference between cheese and gasoline?

/slightly obscure?
//maybe in 'Murica


I believe it couldn't tell the difference between cheese and "petril", if I recall correctly.

/America, fark yeah!
 
2012-10-31 09:51:18 PM  
Lemmee' guess: He'll call it "Olive Garden".
 
2012-10-31 09:51:53 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-31 09:52:29 PM  

Indubitably: May I eat there?


How about you give it away?

Make some people before you go, please.

Thank you.

*)
 
2012-10-31 09:52:33 PM  
"I'm not Peruvian, but I know how to eat," he explains. "I've eaten so many items, even more than a Peruvian person."

Know who else loved his adopted country more than the locals did?

/yeah
//I did it
///in a food thread
////a dying chef food thread
 
2012-10-31 09:52:59 PM  
Ah, just give a vial of the Essence of Pure Flavor, and all will be well.
 
2012-10-31 09:53:44 PM  
Great, so when those restaurants go under - and something like 80% (that aren't chain/corporate joints) do within 2-4 years - his family is going to be saddled with debt and his investors are going to be screwed. That's real responsible.
 
2012-10-31 09:53:48 PM  
Dammit hodge-podge, you magnificent bastard! *shakes very tiny fist*
 
2012-10-31 09:57:32 PM  
This is incredibly sad. fark cancer!
 
2012-10-31 10:00:23 PM  
If Beethoven can do it for music...
/well...maybe not...
// SOMEONE has to taste eventually, you can't eyeball a salt and pepper ratio...
 
2012-10-31 10:02:57 PM  

soupbone: This is incredibly sad. fark cancer!


Yeah, the sappy tag just doesn't seem appropriate. :(
 
2012-10-31 10:07:33 PM  
Amelia Earhart was deaf, dumb, and blind, but she still fought Hitler bravely.
 
2012-10-31 10:08:50 PM  
He should serve all sort of exotic things like rattlesnake and iguana if he's lost his sense of taste. It all tastes like chicken anyway.
 
2012-10-31 10:11:03 PM  
Salt & Butter
www.realfooduniversity.com

 
2012-10-31 10:11:25 PM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: spasemunki: Is he going to build a robot to taste for him, but which is unable to tell the difference between cheese and gasoline?

/slightly obscure?
//maybe in 'Murica

I believe it couldn't tell the difference between cheese and "petril", if I recall correctly.

/America, fark yeah!


WHY CHEESOID EXIST?
CHEESOID HATE SELF
 
2012-10-31 10:15:28 PM  

BunkoSquad: Dr. Nick Riviera: spasemunki: Is he going to build a robot to taste for him, but which is unable to tell the difference between cheese and gasoline?

/slightly obscure?
//maybe in 'Murica

I believe it couldn't tell the difference between cheese and "petril", if I recall correctly.

/America, fark yeah!

WHY CHEESOID EXIST?
CHEESOID HATE SELF


No.

The only hate going on is the realization that the cheese was hated before it moved, during its move, and after it moved. Discuss. Hate, what is it good for?

More hate?

Dehate, plz.

Thank you.

*)
 
2012-10-31 10:16:40 PM  
They should invite everyone to the restaurant and cremate him in the pizza oven. You know, of course waiting until he passes. That would be tasteless otherwise.
 
2012-10-31 10:19:27 PM  

wademh: He should serve all sort of exotic things like rattlesnake and iguana if he's lost his sense of taste. It all tastes like chicken anyway.


Fry sections of rattlesnake with a coat of cornmeal and call it catfish.
 
2012-10-31 10:23:07 PM  

martid4: They should invite everyone to the restaurant and cremate him in the pizza oven. You know, of course waiting until he passes. That would be tasteless otherwise.


Only the freshest ingredients.
 
2012-10-31 10:23:12 PM  

UsikFark: wademh: He should serve all sort of exotic things like rattlesnake and iguana if he's lost his sense of taste. It all tastes like chicken anyway.

Fry sections of rattlesnake with a coat of cornmeal and call it catfish.


I'd call it snake, eat it, and drink my cup of sanke...
 
2012-10-31 10:33:05 PM  
He's Beethoven
 
2012-10-31 10:48:49 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Lost his sense of taste? How can you tell? Is he listening to One Direction or reading 50 shades of Grey?


Ugh. I finally caved and picked up that book. Stupid stupid stupid romance novel with S&M. I found myself saying "ouch, that doesn't sound like fun" through most of it. Waste of my time.

I'm not totally against chick books and chick flicks. Last Holiday is a cute movie about a shy woman (who is a fantastic cook) who finds out she'll be dead shortly, cashes in everything and goes to Europe to stay at the hotel where her idol chef works. A bit trite but funny and has a happy ending.

Like I hope this guy has. 30 is way too young.
 
mjg
2012-10-31 10:52:29 PM  
www.movieposterdb.com

been done in a way.

/not a bad flic
 
2012-10-31 11:03:14 PM  
Somebody throw up a sneeze guard around this douchebag before he coughs up a piece of metastasized shiat into an overpriced entree.
 
2012-10-31 11:14:56 PM  
That reminds me. The film "Eat Drink Man Woman" is a joy if you're a foodie. Even if you aren't, it's a good one.

(Don't know if that's the poster you shared, mjg.)
 
2012-10-31 11:33:13 PM  

BunkoSquad: Dr. Nick Riviera: spasemunki: Is he going to build a robot to taste for him, but which is unable to tell the difference between cheese and gasoline?

/slightly obscure?
//maybe in 'Murica

I believe it couldn't tell the difference between cheese and "petril", if I recall correctly.

/America, fark yeah!

WHY CHEESOID EXIST?
CHEESOID HATE SELF


PET-RIL

Not Mitchell and Webb's finest work (that accolade has to go to Peep Show), nor Mitchell's best work (that accolade goes to anything else he's in, particularly when he gets the opportunity to unleash a rant on something), but notable for not being obscure on Fark.

/Last solo project I saw featuring Webb was "Great Movie Mistakes" on BBC3. An hour or so of him pointing out continuity errors in films.
//Meh.
///More Peep Show coming soon, yay.
 
2012-10-31 11:47:06 PM  
Came for the Futurama references, etc.
 
2012-10-31 11:48:21 PM  
Food tastes better when it's made by the dying.
Fast food only gets its taste at all from its workers whose souls are all dying on the inside.
 
2012-10-31 11:50:54 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Food tastes better when it's made by the dying.
Fast food only gets its taste at all from its workers whose souls are all dying on the inside.


This is true.
 
2012-11-01 12:36:34 AM  
"I'm not Peruvian, but I know how to eat," he explains. "I've eaten so many items, even more than a Peruvian person."

WTF? How does he know how many times a Peruvian has eaten? Does he not realize that he's young, there are old Peruvians, and they eat as many meals per day as him (despite the fact that he's American and they are poor brown people)?

Also, I'll go to the restaurant with the chef who can't taste in between my haircut at the blind barbers and my singing lesson with my deaf voice teacher.

/you are now singing like a deaf person
 
2012-11-01 01:03:16 AM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Know who else loved his adopted country more than the locals did?


Mitt Romney?
 
2012-11-01 01:47:20 AM  
Of course, if you're a bomb-sniffing dog you really should just probably give it up If you've lost your sense of smell.
And if you were once a massage therapist but now you're a double amputee it's really not quite right to continue to, you know, try to give the same massage with just your stumps. It's not the same. Likewise, the now-blind busman is just going to have to settle down - much as he wants to, he can no longer drive the bus. I mean, Beethoven singin' at the end, man, that was just....horrible, I'm sure. Shut the hell up Beethoven. Just shut the hell up you deaf old man.
 
2012-11-01 02:15:34 AM  
Hey, Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony while effectively deaf. And it's only one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written.
 
2012-11-01 02:41:43 AM  
About 3 weeks ago I was hanging out with my friend, took him to visit another friend. He was complaining about not feeling well lately, chills and fever, stomach trouble, and other stuff. The next day he was running a fever and feeling bad, he went to the emergency room and hasn't left the hospital since. His kidneys started to shut down that night, he went on life support, they tried to take him off life support, he flatlined twice. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma. He's in the ICU and can have no visitors other than his wife and parents, his kids can't see him yet.
Fortunately, they have stabilized him enough so that he can begin chemo. I can only text him, he can't speak much, and he doesn't really want to text that much. It's hard for me to judge his attitude from the texts, but he seems pretty depressed.
This has been hitting me pretty hard lately, fark cancer.
 
2012-11-01 03:24:17 AM  

shiattynick: About 3 weeks ago I was hanging out with my friend, took him to visit another friend. He was complaining about not feeling well lately, chills and fever, stomach trouble, and other stuff. The next day he was running a fever and feeling bad, he went to the emergency room and hasn't left the hospital since. His kidneys started to shut down that night, he went on life support, they tried to take him off life support, he flatlined twice. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma. He's in the ICU and can have no visitors other than his wife and parents, his kids can't see him yet.
Fortunately, they have stabilized him enough so that he can begin chemo. I can only text him, he can't speak much, and he doesn't really want to text that much. It's hard for me to judge his attitude from the texts, but he seems pretty depressed.
This has been hitting me pretty hard lately, fark cancer.


Cancer has a way of sneaking up sometimes, and it's absolute crap that way. Had a well-liked temporary co-worker go into his doctor because his shoulders were sore and he thought he pulled something. A few days later and he's getting a leukemia diagnosis. Hell of an unpleasant surprise for all of us, to say nothing of him.

My sympathies. Your friend sounds like he's in much worse condition than my co-worker, but modern medicine is pretty amazing. Chemo, for all its crap side-effects, is pretty amazing stuff. Fingers crossed that he'll pull through.
 
2012-11-01 03:40:51 AM  
Cooking, at the end of the day, is like music - it's just math.
 
2012-11-01 03:55:58 AM  
Thanks. I'm trying to do what I can for him, but don't really know what I can do. I read up on the internet about survival rates for his type of cancer, and they say 65% that get diagnosed at stage 4 live at least another 5 years, but then they give the disclaimer list that contains this stuff about different factors that affect that, and it seems like he's not in that 65%.
This guy got me a job, always helped out anyone, so much so that he and I would talk about how maybe he shouldn't go out of his way for some of these people. He's my neighbor, friend, family friend, daughters are close friends with my daughter, all around good guy. He's been sick this whole summer off and on, and whenever my one of our family would get sick, he'd ask what the symptoms were. He (and I) were just thinking these were colds or flus, a hazard of having kids and working with others. Now I sit and remember all those types of conversations we had the last 6 months and it really hits home.
Hell, I'm a mid 40's male who deals with the regular colds the kids bring home, rides it all out and don't think to go to the doc until I'm feeling super hellish.
He was treating his body way healthier than I treat mine, I hope this all works out well, this shiat is real.
 
2012-11-01 04:59:47 AM  
Our old mess sergeant's taste buds had been shot off in the war.

But his savory collations add to our esprit de corps.
 
2012-11-01 07:17:57 AM  
"I'm not Peruvian, but I know how to eat," he explains. "I've eaten so many items, even more than a Peruvian person."

I'm not a Peruvian, but my wife is, and damn if that's not some of the tastiest food on the planet. She'll even apply some Peruvian techniques and spices to decidedly non-Peruvian dishes (shepherd's pie, for one) to make them extra-tasty as well. If the economy hadn't tanked when it did, she might have had a restaurant by now.

\That reminds me, time to stock up on some lucuma for Thanksgiving
\\mmm... lucuma cake *drool*
 
2012-11-01 07:45:01 AM  
Akito Tenkawa sympathizes.
 
2012-11-01 09:19:53 AM  

hodge-podge: [i46.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Came for this. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-11-01 10:32:42 AM  
He should call it "Subway".
 
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