Top ChefJustin Sutherland has spoken out about the terrifying boating accident that left him hospitalized. After Sutherland was hospitalized earlier in the month, he took to Instagram on Sunday to share the injuries to his face. The accident happened over the July Fourth weekend.”
In the Sunday health update, marking the first since the initial statement confirming his hospitalization, Sutherland shared a close up photo of his face. Sutherland suffered multiple lacerations to his face in the accident, which have now been stitched. In sharing the photo, Sutherland also shared an empowering quote, writing in the caption, “”The pain is a sign that you are alive. You’ve survived because of the scars.” The caption added that Sutherland, who competed on Season 16 of Top Chef and is the winner of Iron Chef America, has ” There are a few more procedures that can be performed
Sutherland, who was celebrating the Fourth of July weekend in Minnesota, fell from the boat he was leading while trying to retrieve his capstan’s hat. According to GoFundMe pageHis family set him up, but he fell in the water near the motor and the propeller did a lot to his head and left arm.” Sutherland suffered a broken arm, a “Broken severely” jaw, and “Numerous lacerations” and was taken to the hospital, where his family said he would remain “It has been a long time since I had my many surgeries. And, I am still facing many more.”
“The good news is that he will be fine. He will likely be even better after some time. His beard is still intact and he is adding character to the face that we love.” the page added, explaining that “While he would love for to speak to everyone, his jaw is still wired shut. Don’t take it personal if he doesn’t call back right away.”
In addition to the more than $223,000 dollars that have been raised for Sutherland to help cover medical and other expenses throughout his recovery, Sutherland has been surrounded by well wishes from fans and colleagues. Replying to Sutherland’s Monday post, Chef Lorena Garcia wrote, “We wish you a speedy recovery.” Fellow Chef Kevin “Red Beard” Gillespie commented, “My friend, swift recovery!