Top Chef’s Justin Sutherland hospitalized after boat propeller breaks his jaw and arm


Top Chef’s Justin Sutherland hospitalized after boat propeller breaks his jaw and arm… starts GoFundMe due to no health insurance

Chef Justin Sutherland was hospitalized on Sunday after a boat accident left him with a broken jaw and arm as well as body lacerations.

The Southern-raised, Minnesota-based restaurateur was cruising with friends while wearing his favorite captain’s hat when it blew off and he fell into the water attempting to retrieve it.

‘The propeller did a number on his head and left arm. His arm is broken, but his grip remains strong and there appears to be no nerve damage,’ Justin’s friend Beth Gillies wrote.

On the mend: Chef Justin Sutherland was hospitalized on Sunday after a boat accident left him with a broken jaw and arm as well as body lacerations (pictured June 21)

On the mend: Chef Justin Sutherland was hospitalized on Sunday after a boat accident left him with a broken jaw and arm as well as body lacerations (pictured June 21)

‘His jaw is severely broken, but doctors are optimistic that with several more surgeries he will be grinning in no time. In addition to his broken bones, he sustained many lacerations, but with plastic surgery, they will become a reminder of his survival story.

‘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.’

Since Sutherland had no health insurance, Gillies and four other loved ones started a GoFundMe to help pay his medical and other expenses and – as of press time – it had raised over $106K of a $500K goal.

The Taste the Culture host is looking at a long road to recovery having had his jaw wired shut, and he will have to undergo several more surgeries.

The infamous hat: The Southern-raised, Minnesota-based restaurateur was cruising with friends while wearing his favorite captain's hat when it blew off and he fell into the water attempting to retrieve it (pictured in 2020)

The infamous hat: The Southern-raised, Minnesota-based restaurateur was cruising with friends while wearing his favorite captain’s hat when it blew off and he fell into the water attempting to retrieve it (pictured in 2020)

Justin's friend Beth Gillies wrote: 'The propeller did a number on his head and left arm...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' (pictured July 31)

Justin’s friend Beth Gillies wrote: ‘The propeller did a number on his head and left arm…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’ (pictured July 31)

Supporters: Since Sutherland had no health insurance, Gillies and four other loved ones started a GoFundMe to help pay his medical and other expenses and - as of press time - it had raised over $106K of a $500K goal

Supporters: Since Sutherland had no health insurance, Gillies and four other loved ones started a GoFundMe to help pay his medical and other expenses and – as of press time – it had raised over $106K of a $500K goal

'The most important news, his beard is intact': The Taste the Culture host is looking at a long road to recovery having had his jaw wired shut, and he will have to undergo several more surgeries (pictured in 2019)

‘The most important news, his beard is intact’: The Taste the Culture host is looking at a long road to recovery having had his jaw wired shut, and he will have to undergo several more surgeries (pictured in 2019)

When the news broke Monday on his Instagram/Facebook accounts – many of Justin’s friends sent well wishes including SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan, chef Rachael Ray, chef Rocco DiSpirito, and comedian Joel McHale.

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi – who boasts 2.5M social media followers – helped spread the word via Instastory by reposting the link to Sutherland’s GoFundMe.

Meanwhile, chef Brian Ingram pledged to donate 100% of his sales to the Fast Foodies host this Thursday from his Saint Paul restaurant, Hope Breakfast Bar.

'Sending love!' When the news broke Monday on his Instagram/Facebook accounts - many of Justin's friends sent well wishes including SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan, chef Rachael Ray, chef Rocco DiSpirito, and comedian Joel McHale

‘Sending love!’ When the news broke Monday on his Instagram/Facebook accounts – many of Justin’s friends sent well wishes including SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan, chef Rachael Ray, chef Rocco DiSpirito, and comedian Joel McHale

'My heart goes out to him': Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi - who boasts 2.5M social media followers - helped spread the word via Instastory by reposting the link to Sutherland's GoFundMe

‘My heart goes out to him’: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi – who boasts 2.5M social media followers – helped spread the word via Instastory by reposting the link to Sutherland’s GoFundMe

'We will stand with him through his recovery and beyond': Meanwhile, chef Brian Ingram pledged to donate 100% of his sales to the Fast Foodies host this Thursday from his Saint Paul restaurant, Hope Breakfast Bar

‘We will stand with him through his recovery and beyond’: Meanwhile, chef Brian Ingram pledged to donate 100% of his sales to the Fast Foodies host this Thursday from his Saint Paul restaurant, Hope Breakfast Bar

Justin currently owns Portland egg sandwich chain Big E as well as two restaurants in Saint Paul – Handsome Hog and The Gnome Craft Pub – and one about to open in Minnesota, Northern Soul.

Speaking of which, Harvard Common Press will publish Sutherland’s new cookbook Northern Soul: Southern-Inspired Home Cooking from a Northern Kitchen on September 20.

The Hybrid Nation co-owner first found fame coming in sixth place during the 16th season of Top Chef in 2019 after winning Iron Chef America: The Series in 2018.

On the rise: Justin currently owns Portland egg sandwich chain Big E as well as two restaurants in Saint Paul - Handsome Hog (pictured June 9) and The Gnome Craft Pub - and one about to open in Minnesota, Northern Soul

On the rise: Justin currently owns Portland egg sandwich chain Big E as well as two restaurants in Saint Paul – Handsome Hog (pictured June 9) and The Gnome Craft Pub – and one about to open in Minnesota, Northern Soul

Speaking of which! Harvard Common Press will publish Sutherland's new cookbook Northern Soul: Southern-Inspired Home Cooking from a Northern Kitchen on September 20

Speaking of which! Harvard Common Press will publish Sutherland’s new cookbook Northern Soul: Southern-Inspired Home Cooking from a Northern Kitchen on September 20

Claim to fame: The Hybrid Nation co-owner first found fame coming in sixth place during the 16th season of Top Chef in 2019 after winning Iron Chef America: The Series in 2018

Claim to fame: The Hybrid Nation co-owner first found fame coming in sixth place during the 16th season of Top Chef in 2019 after winning Iron Chef America: The Series in 2018

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