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Tom Colicchio Performs Heimlich, Saves Fellow Chef's Life

Tom Colicchio Performs Heimlich, Saves Fellow Chef's Life

At an inaugural benefit for D.C. Central Kitchen, Tom Colicchio went from being a top chef to a real-life hero.

According to eye witness Ezra Klein, Joan Nathan, the award-winning cookbook author of Jewish Cooking in America and hostess of the event, began to choke on a piece of chicken. Colicchio happened to be nearby and when Alice Waters shouted, "Does anyone know the Heimlich maneuver?" he was able to perform the life-saving technique on Nathan.

Nathan was lucky to have such a strong, quick-thinking chef nearby. After hearing this news, do you consider Colicchio a hero? Does it make you want to learn the Heimlich maneuver?

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wunami wunami 7 years
Doing something you know how to do is not mutually exclusive of being a hero. I think it's awesome that he did that. As a CPR instructor, we're supposed to tell people that even bad CPR beats no CPR...but given the bad CPR I've seen, I don't know if I'd actually want bad CPR if I needed CPR.
wunami wunami 7 years
Doing something you know how to do is not mutually exclusive of being a hero. I think it's awesome that he did that.As a CPR instructor, we're supposed to tell people that even bad CPR beats no CPR...but given the bad CPR I've seen, I don't know if I'd actually want bad CPR if I needed CPR.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Everyone should learn CPR is what I meant.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Good for Tom! Everyone should know how to do it. He is not a hero though...just doing something he was trained to do. Everyone PR too.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It's a vital skill to know, especially in the restaurant/food industry. I had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on myself once...I was choking on a bagel and my brother was standing there, watching me and saying "Hey, you're turning kinda blue!". I managed to force myself against the countertop and blow the bagel piece out.
BubbleLove BubbleLove 7 years
Gay or not, Tom Colicchio is a HERO!
teegaall teegaall 7 years
Aww ya gotta love Tom for coming to the rescue! :)
atomicspin atomicspin 7 years
How can someone not know the Heimlich? How does ALICE not know it?Remind me not to choke the next time I'm at Chez Panisse.
atomicspin atomicspin 7 years
How can someone not know the Heimlich? How does ALICE not know it? Remind me not to choke the next time I'm at Chez Panisse.
ErinAeSook ErinAeSook 7 years
Oh my god, that guy must've been mortified. Ha ha. Nice work Tom!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
Thats great that he was there and able to help!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
wow - that's kind of scary if you think about it - i think that it's a great thing - being in the right place at the right time. what a way to start off your inaugural experience.
StefaPie StefaPie 7 years
They taught us that in school, everyone should know the Heimlich. Especially people working in food, isn't that a training requirement?
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