Kendall students, faculty and guests were treated to a truly special event on campus, when Alinea co-founders Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas stopped by for a book signing and discussion. Moderated by School of Culinary Arts Executive Director Christopher Koetke, they discussed their new book Life, On the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat. Attendees were able to purchase signed copies of the new book.
In their candid discussion, the pair talked about how they started Alinea, Grant’s battle with Stage 4 tongue cancer and their new highly anticipated restaurant in Chicago called Next, a dining room that will be recreated every 12 weeks.
Chef Achatz is considered one of the finest chefs in the world, and according to Koetke “helped put Chicago on the map” when it comes to food and fine dining. Achatz was recently awarded three stars from MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011, and has also received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
When asked by an audience member why he wrote his memoir and what he hopes readers will take away, Grant talked about how he hopes to raise awareness of tongue cancer and also encourage people to always get second, third and even fourth opinions. Had he not done that he said “I would not be sitting here today.”