CHICAGO Grant Achatz, regarded as one of the world’s top avant-garde chefs, is now cancer-free. Achatz, the 33-year-old chef-owner of fine-dining restaurant Alinea here, was diagnosed with fourth-stage squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth this summer, and there were fears that even if he beat the illness his sense of taste would be irreparably damaged. Achatz said in a statement issued Tuesday that the cancer is in remission and that his tongue and taste are ...

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