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Amputee Chef Finds His Special Knives Stolen

Ingram Publishing/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) -- Work hasn’t been the same this week for chef Jamison Ausburn, whose specialized knives were stolen from his parked car Monday. Everyone knows the sentimental and professional value knives have for chefs, but since Ausburn is an amputee, his knives were modified so he could function like everyone else.

“They’re a chef’s number one tool,” said Ausburn. “It would be like a carpenter without his hammer.”

Ausburn, a Seattle resident, had returned home from his job Sunday at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and left his car overnight in a parking garage. The next morning when Ausburn attempted to head to work, he was forced to call police because his car had been stolen.

Four days later, his maroon Toyota Camry turned up in a different part of the city. But the knives, worth thousands of dollars, were gone.

“It’s a rearrangement of your routine and you’re without something you’re used to having,” said Ausburn.

The knives were a gift from his grandparents. They wanted to help their grandson pursue a new career, after an accident fifteen years ago left him without a right arm. He named the knives after his grandparents.

But the 40-year-old Ausburn hasn’t let his disability slow him down. Being the hard worker he is, Ausburn only missed one day this week and has been using a replacement knife.

“I’m kind of out of my element,” said Ausburn. “It’s been a rearrangement of my routine.”

Ausburn says there’s plenty for him to do at the café, but he plans to get new specialized knives this weekend. A pricey purchase that will certainly set him back.

“I didn’t let it stop me when I lost my hand,” said Ausburn. “My parents didn’t raise me with those values.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver Defends Apparent Weight Gain

ABC/BRANDON HICKMAN(QUEENSLAND, Australia) -- Celebrity chef and healthy eating enthusiast Jamie Oliver was on the defensive Tuesday when asked by reporters if he’d put on a few pounds.

“I don’t know. I am very healthy,” he told Australia’s Herald Sun. “Are you from a tabloid? Thank you for noticing, you b***h.”

The Naked Chef star was down under to launch the first Australian Ministry of Food, a school that offers free cooking lessons and healthy-eating education. But questions about his weight, prompted by pictures of the 36-year-old fresh off a plane and looking slightly puffy, quickly shifted the focus from public health to Oliver’s own.

“I do my best,” he told reporters. “Working in the food business is quite hard when someone is constantly asking you to try things."

“I eat fresh,” he said. “I train twice a week. I could definitely do better, but I am trying to do my best like most people when they hit 30.”

According to his U.S. spokeswoman, Kimberly Yorio, Oliver has managed to maintain his weight despite his hectic lifestyle.

“I can say for a fact he hasn’t gained any weight,” Yorio told ABC News. “They were bad pictures.”

Oliver is perhaps most famous for his “Food Revolution,” a campaign to curb obesity by promoting healthy cooking in homes and schools.

“Here’s somebody who’s really trying to pay it for by going places and trying to right what’s wrong,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. “He’s looking to advance a public health agenda, and I don’t ever recall him saying, ‘In order to do that I have to be an underwear model.’ I think we get carried away in anthropomorphizing these efforts.”

Katz also stressed that Oliver is a chef, not a nutritionist.

“I find it odd that everyone who’s ever eaten, cooked or lost weight is suddenly an expert in nutrition,” he said. “I don’t pretend that because I cook, I’m a chef.”

Keith Ayoob, director of the Rose R. Kennedy Center Nutrition Clinic at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said eating fresh food and working out twice a week isn’t necessarily synonymous with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

“Even if you’re eating good food, you can still eat too much,” he said. “It comes down to excess calories, from too much food or too little exercise.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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