"Top Chef" judge and restaurateur Tom Colicchio helped save the life of award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan at a star-studded inaugural soiree in Washington, D.C. when he performed the Heimlich maneuver on the fellow foodie who began choking on a piece of chicken.
Colicchio, an award-winning chef who runs a number of restaurants, was attending a benefit for D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table where chefs showcased their chops when he became hemmed in somewhere between the plates of Persian wedding rice and lamb sausage by a group of fans, reported Ezra Klein on the Internet Food Association website.
Nathan, who was munching on some chicken next to him, began choking. That's when the brawny, award-winning chef sprung into action and successfully dislodged the chicken from the cook book author's windpipe, according to the report.
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"I just happened to be nearby," he told the Food Association, shrugging off the save.
Nathan was more impressed with the live-saving feat.
"He's so strong!" she gushed.