Welcome to CHOPPED: Chive Charities Edition!
In case you aren’t familiar with this cooking show, CHOPPED presents chefs with a unique challenge at the top of each episode. They must cook a delicious meal of their choosing, but there’s a twist: it must include the secret ingredient, which is almost never something that you’d want to include in your dinner.
Meet our chef: Jose, a father of four and Air Force veteran from Wyoming who has a newfound love of cooking.
And the secret ingredient: Necrotizing AutoImmune Myopathy. This is a medical condition that is just as scary as it sounds; NAM leads the immune system to attack and break down one’s muscles due to extremely elevated levels of a particular enzyme. This leads to death of muscle cells, which can be irreversible.
This ingredient will throw a real wrench in the dinner plans of life. It takes a true chef to turn this into something beautiful. Jose is one such chef.