José Andrés Saves Life of Choking Man

Celebrity chef José Andrés saved a man from choking

Celebrity chef José Andrés saved a man from choking on a bratwurst at a basketball game. 

Celebrity chef José Andrés is a good person to have around, and not just for his cooking. Last week he was hailed as a hero after he saved the life of a man choking on a bratwurst at a basketball game.

According to The Local, two men bought VIP tickets to a Wizards game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., last week, and their tickets came with access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. One of the men, who says he was completely sober at the time, was reportedly “knocking back a bratwurst” in the VIP buffet when he started choking. A man quickly came up behind him and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

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"He turned me around real fast, gave me one push/thrust of the Heimlich maneuver, and [the sausage] came up," the choking man said. Only a few moments later, after calming down a bit, the man realized his rescuer had been the well-known celebrity chef.