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Celebrity chef Justin Sutherland was severely injured over the weekend after falling out of a boat into its propeller.

The former “Top Chef” contestant and “Iron Chef America” winner was out with friends on a boat in Minnesota on Sunday when he fell into the water while trying to retrieve his captain’s hat.

“While piloting his boat, Justin’s hat blew off. He tried to grab it, hit a wave, and was knocked off the boat. He fell into the water near the motor, and the propeller did a number on his head and left arm,” a GoFundMe account, set up by his friend Beth Gillies, explained.

Sutherland was left with a broken arm and a “severely” broken jaw. Fortunately, it appears he suffered no nerve damage and has already undergone the first of many surgeries to address his injuries.

“In addition to his broken bones, he sustained many lacerations, but with plastic surgery, they will become a reminder of his survival story,” the statement went on. “The great news is, he is going to be fine. With some time, he will possibly be better than fine. He is adding more character to the face we know and love, and the most important news, his beard is intact.”


Sutherland competed on Season 16 of “Top Chef.”

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Sutherland competed on Season 16 of “Top Chef.”

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Sutherland competed on Season 16 of “Top Chef.”

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