Healthy eating is matter of survival for this chef
(AP) Looks can be deceiving. Take Seamus Mullen.
In his signature work shirt and with his youthful demeanor, the 38-year-old chef looks the picture of ruddy health like he’d just hopped off a tractor at the Vermont farm he grew up on as he leads a visitor around Tertulia, his year-old, red-hot Spanish eatery in Greenwich Village.
But it was only three months ago, Mullen recalls, that he lay in the hospital with a fever close to 106, battling bacterial meningitis, afraid he wouldn’t make it through the night. Doctors told him his immune system had likely been compromised by medication he was taking to combat rheumatoid arthritis, a disease he has struggled with for five years.
photo: (AP Photo/Richard Drew)