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"Top Chef" star Justin Sutherland was seriously injured in a boat accident

Famous chef Justin Sutherland was seriously injured on the weekend after falling from a boat to a propeller.

Former "Top Chef" contestant and "Iron Chef America" ​​winner went out with his friends on a boat in Minnesota on Sunday trying to get the captain's hat back. I fell in.

"Justin's hat blew off while maneuvering the boat. He tried to grab it, shook the boat and knocked off the boat. He fell into the water near the motor and the propeller. Numbered his head and left arm, "explained the GoFundMe account set up by his friend Beth Gillies.

In Sutherland, his arm broke and his jaw remained "severely" broken. Fortunately, he hasn't suffered nerve damage and seems to have already undergone the first of many surgeries to deal with his injury.

"In addition to his fractures, he suffered many lacerations, but in plastic surgery they will remind him of his survival story," the statement continued. "The great news is that he'll be fine. After a while, he'll be better than fine. He's adding more personality to the faces we know and love. The most important news is that his beard is intact. "

The money raised on the crowdfunding site will cover the ever-increasing medical costs as Sutherland did not have health insurance. Become. They are currently trying to raise $ 500,000.

"If this high target is exceeded and his medical expenses are paid in full, Justin and his family donate the excess to many charities and close to their hearts. Know that you promise to make it important. "The statement continued.

Chef Justin Sutherland.
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At the time of publication, the account raised over $ 74,000.

The news of his accident was first published on Instagram in Sutherland.

"He's recovering and he's fine," the statement assures fans, "At this point his family wants privacy, but send him positive thoughts and prayers. I added.

Chef Justin Sutherland.
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Sutherland is the 2019 Top Chef Participated in Season 16 Also, in 2018, he participated in "Iron Chef America" ​​and won the championship. 

He also owns and is an executive chef at two restaurants in the Minneapolis area, Handsome Hog &Pearl and The Thief.