Restaurant Owner Drove 6 Hours To Cook Favourite Dish For A Terminally Ill Customer

Restaurant Owner Drove 6 Hours To Cook Favourite Dish For A Terminally Ill Customer

“To me, it was a huge honour to be able to help fulfil the family’s wishes. This is about her, not us. There was a lot of good, positive energy in doing this," the man said

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 2, 2021. It has since been updated. 

It all started when restaurant owner Steve Chu received a request from a customer's son-in-law who explained that his mother-in-law had terminal cancer, and asked if he could share the recipe of her favorite broccoli tempura entree so that he could make it for her at her home in Vermont. Chu, 30, who specializes in Asian fusion cuisine and is the co-owner of two Ekiben locations in Baltimore, decided instantly that he could do better, reported Washing Post


Chu quickly replied with an alternative suggestion, “Thanks for reaching out. We’d like to meet you in Vermont and make it fresh for you," he wrote. The son-in-law, Brandon Jones, 37, was stunned. “I emailed back, saying, ‘You do know that this is Vermont we’re talking about, right? It’s a six-hour drive. But Steve responded, ‘No problem. You tell us the date, time and location and we’ll be there,'" he recalled. Jones and his wife, Rina Jones, were preparing to visit her mother, who is in the final stages of lung cancer and has stopped treatment since her December diagnosis. Brandon just knew he had to prepare her favourite dish for her. “She loves that broccoli, and I really wanted her to have it one more time," he said. "She had always told us, ‘When I’m on my death bed, I want to have that broccoli,’ ” recalled Rina Jones, 38. “In fact, when I was packing on Friday to drive up to Vermont, I called my mom to see if she wanted us to bring anything special and she jokingly said, ‘tempura broccoli!’," she added, according to the Washington Post