Top Chef’s Justin Sutherland Shares Photo of His Face Scars Following Traumatic Boat Accident

Top Chef star Justin Sutherland is addressing his traumatic boating accident.

After the chef was hospitalized earlier this month, Sutherland revealed to Instagram the extent of the injuries that he suffered to his face after he fell off his boat near the motor over the July 4th weekend.

Top Chef’s Justin Sutherland Shares Photo of His Face Scars Following Traumatic Boat Accident

In the Sunday health update, which was the first since the initial statement confirming his hospitalization, Sutherland posted a close-up photo of his face.

Sutherland suffered multiple lacerations to his face in the accident, which have now been stitched. After the photo, Sutherland also shared an empowering quote, writing in the caption,

“‘The pain means you’re alive. The scars mean you’ve survived.'” The caption added that Sutherland, who competed on Season 16 of Top Chef and is the winner of Iron Chef America, has “a ‘few’ more surgeries to go…”

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Sutherland was enjoying the Fourth of July weekend with friends in Minnesota when he fell from the boat. At the time, he was captaining the boat while attempting to retrieve his captain’s hat.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by his family, the restaurateur fell into the water near the motor, and “the propeller did a number on his head and left arm.”

Sutherland suffered a broken arm, a “severely broken” jaw, and “many lacerations” and was taken to the hospital, where his family said he would remain “for some time, having had many surgeries so far and facing many more to come.”

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“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,” the page added, explaining that “while he would love to talk to everyone as he is recuperating, his jaw is currently wired shut, so don’t take it personally if he can’t call you back just yet.”

In addition to raising over $223,000 dollars for Sutherland’s medical and other expenses throughout his recovery, Sutherland has been surrounded by well-wishes from fans and colleagues.

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