Famous Spanish chef Jose Andres saved a Washington Wizards fan choking on a bratwurst by successfully employing the Heimlich maneuver.
If you're going to choke on some food, it's probably best to do it around someone who works in a restaurant.
The Washington Post has the story of how world-renowned Spanish chef and restauranteur Jose Andres saved a fan at Game 3 of the Wizards-Raptors series from choking on a sausage.
Wiz fans Ryan and John were taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat privleges that accompanied their VIP tickets when Ryan began to choke on a bratwurst. Initial attempts to extricate the meat from his throat were unsuccessful, so a man in a season ticketholder's jacket intervened.
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“He turned me around real fast, gave me one push/thrust of the Heimlich maneuver, and the rest of it came up,” John recalled.
“He applied about one or two pumps and a big chunk of sausage plopped down on the floor,” Ryan wrote in an e-mail. “John was completely fine after what was a tense minute or two.”
The Good Samaritan then reached behind the bar, grabbed a bottle of water and poured a glass for John. But he did so with a certain level of professional flair.
That's when John realized the man was Andres, who owns nine eateries in the D.C. area.
Andres played dumb when John and Ryan tweeted at him, but the Post's Dan Steinberg saw Andres at Sunday's Game 4 and got him to confirm the story.
- Dan Gartland