Arthur was just an outgoing 17-year-old from Bellevue with a love for cooking and basketball until he was diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma.
For Arthur, this diagnosis was life-changing, and he immediately began chemotherapy treatment, which he described as ‘excruciating,’ especially in the beginning stages of treatment. “It's hard to be happy with everything that's going on,” he remembered.
Before and during his treatment, Arthur dreamed of majoring in culinary arts and becoming a chef. So, when he found out that he was eligible to receive a wish through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, he knew exactly what he wanted: to meet Chef Michael Symon, a regular on The Food Network’s "Iron Chef America" and "The Chew."
So, it was off to New York City! Arthur’s wish in the Big Apple began in true celebrity-chef fashion: with a VIP limo ride to the ABC studio where "The Chew" is taped. At the studio, Arthur was welcomed to the tasting table and encouraged to try all the food made during the show by the different chefs.
After the show, Arthur was brought backstage for the main course of his wish: meeting Michael Symon. “He is one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met,” said Arthur. “It was a great pleasure meeting him!”
After chatting with Michael Symon about all things culinary, Arthur was given a cookbook and apron signed by the entire cast of "The Chew." When asked what his favorite part of the trip was, Arthur said it was the fact that Symon’s personality on-camera is the same as off-camera.
For Arthur, this experience cemented in his mind what he already knew: he will become a chef one day. “I will definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said. “[The wish experience] gives me motivation for what I want to achieve in the future.”