Chef Eduardo Garcia Lost His Arm But Not His Love of Cooking

When a live power line sent 2,400 volts through him in the Montana mountains, Chef Eduardo Garcia lost his left hand and forearm. At the time, Garcia had been making his mark, serving up haute cuisine on luxury yachts and sourcing inspiration from local foraging expeditions back in his home state. Suddenly sidelined, it's what Garcia did following his near-death mishap that is a remarkable tale of triumph and taste-buds.
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When a live power line sent 2,400 volts through him in the Montana mountains, Chef Eduardo Garcia lost his left hand and forearm. At the time, Garcia had been making his mark, serving up haute cuisine on luxury yachts and sourcing inspiration from local foraging expeditions back in his home state. Suddenly sidelined, it's what Garcia did following his near-death mishap that is a remarkable tale of triumph and taste-buds.

Recently featured on Katie Couric's show and in People magazine, Eduardo Garcia is a chef on a mission. Watching the video above, you'll notice that Garcia has always been a person of action, soaking up the tastes and scents of all the goodness of the Montana backcountry as he foraged for the freshest ingredients from which to whip up elaborate, inspired menus.

Beggining his culinary adventures working on luxury yachts, and subsequently morphing to a career as a caterer of Montana Mex-ican cuisine, Garcia was as much an outdoorsman as he is a chef - bringing farm to table to the extreme by knowing EXACTLY where his food came from. [Though not explicit in quality, if you've a queasy stomach when it comes to hunting your meals, you might want to skip parts of the video.]

Losing his arm, plus the time it took to recover and then rehabilitate, Garcia seems in a hurry to recover abilities and passions. Overcoming the obstacle provided by his new limitations, however, does not seem to bother or overwhelm the chef. In fact, watching him challenge his technology to keep up with him is super-inspiring, and a reminder to all that life is worth living to the fullest. 

From preparing meals for Montana's own think-weekend known as Hatchfest, to competing in his first triathlon and prepping a show titled "Active Ingredient with Eduardo Garcia," and armed with a new robotic prostheses, it appears there's no risk of slowing down the man now dubbed "The Bionic Chef."