"At first, I felt all my body was wonderful. I started from acute attacks, because I liked having a knife knocked on my shoulders, then I felt my nail like a nail passed through. There was no idea what was happening."
He tried his best to work through pain, tired of cooking for a long time. In order to enter a new chef into the industry, 16-hour work changes and 90-hour weeks were rules.
"She was really brutal, but her teeth were cut and she became a professional chef. We were hard at work. Unfortunately, we did not work properly."
But the work was hard. Mullen's star was heated in the culinary world. Outside of his restaurant's work, he appeared on shows like "The Next Iron Chef" and "Chopped". There was no time for the mysterious pain to close his career.
Long hours and physical work did, however, get into the health of Mullen. He took more weight and suffered acute attacks, chronically clenching his entire body.
Then one morning he woke up because hip pain was so bad that he could not move. A trip to ER and MRI said that his hip fluid was full. Mullen was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease.
"Like many people, I think arthritis is a disease or anguish of the elderly. It was amazing that it was a weakness that could have a lasting impact on my life and my well-being. It was really scary."
He was afraid of leaving his illness in a wheelchair and was no longer in the kitchen, it was against the wall of Mull.
"I had to make a choice so to speak, if I were sick, I had to explore a certain way somehow, I promised they told me I was changing my life. I do not know what to do, but I had to control my health."
So Mullen started preparing ways to improve her health, starting with her diet.
"I came from the professionalism I knew about eating very delicious, but I did not know what happened to this food. I was eating a lot of foods with inflammation in my body."
Mullen left their food processed and inflamed foods. With everything he ate, he asked: "is it harmful for me or me?"
The hostess labeled "heroic foods".
On this day of the interview, Mullen allowed the CNN film to have lunch: hard-boiled egg and rabbits, radish, cucumber, txotx, avocado, anchovy and extra virgin olive oil.
"It is a very good salad and has excellent ingredients, extra virgin olive oil and anchovies and omega-3s and vegetable tones."
Although these foods mark the "hero", it indicates that it is necessary to find the right mix of food that everyone works.
"For me, it could be avocado, someone else could be almonds. It's really important to start understanding the foods that cause everyone to feel good."
The change has been dramatic.
When he came out of bed, Mullen was challenged. Today's pain is free and practice yoga, lifting weights, bicycles and chefs without any arthritis attacks.
"I'm glad I'm happy. I'm glad I spent this difficult and horrific time of my life." That's why I came up with a sense of purpose. "
Now she wants to be a hero of other similar pain. In his cookbooks, "Real Food Heals" and "Hero Food", Mullen brings together ways to recover cooking and eating.
"It is very important that you can eat good health and at the same time eat, eat, indulgence and joy."