Any chef will tell you that spending most of one’s waking life standing in a hot kitchen dealing with sharp knives and hot pans can be a recipe for serious injury. But while cuts, scrapes, and burns all go with the territory, some chefs have found themselves in situations from which they’re lucky to have escaped with their lives.
While just about every chef has injured him or herself on the job at one point or another, the usual wear and tear of a life in the kitchen rarely results in a life-threatening injury. While a kitchen injury does occasionally result in a trip to the hospital, most of the serious injuries and life-threatening situations that chefs have faced have taken place far away from the kitchen.
Some of the chefs who escaped death are near-household names, people that you won’t believe came so close to dying. Others are much-respected chefs beloved by many, and others (like the vast majority of chefs) were toiling in obscurity, just going about their business until their brush with death. After recovering, some went on to appear on shows like Chopped, some spoke to the press, and others brushed themselves off and went right back to the kitchen.
From an international superstar who fell off a cliff into icy water to a pizza chef who was stabbed during a street fight, read on to learn about 10 chefs who are seriously lucky to be alive.