Tuesday, February 7, 2017
With his career on the rise, chef Hans Rueffert was a contestant on the 2005 Next Food Network Star, reaching the final three. Just 2 weeks after taping the finale for the show, the culinary sensation was diagnosed with stage-three stomach cancer and given a 2% chance of survival. His cancer journey has included eleven surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, a series of brain infections, the removal of his stomach and 95% of his esophagus. Known as the chef without a stomach, Hans is the author of the cookbook Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, and the producer of several television cooking shows.