San Diego Culinary Grad Publishes Nerves on Fire
December 20, 2016
Taylor Mullen, who in 2014 earned an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, has published a book Nerves on Fire. Taylor, who is 23, has struggled with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ,also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD) since she was diagnosed at age 12. CRPS is an extremely painful disorder, and she has essentially not known a day without pain since her diagnosis. Taylor has endured six surgeries and traveled the country searching for answers. Unfortunately, there is no cure. Her new book follows her journey from ages 12 to 23 has a dedicated chapter to her journey through culinary school titled, “This CRPS can cook.” It had been Taylor’s dream to complete her culinary degree and with the help of her service dog Daisy, classmates, and instructors.
Taylor joined the Director of Campus Relations Lauren Loeffler and Program Chair for Culinary, Chef Mark Blaauboer for lunch at The Palette, the school’s student run restaurant. She discussed her book launch and planned future speaking engagements for incoming culinary students and alumni.
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