Gerry Hayden, lauded chef who battled ALS, dies at 50

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Gerry Hayden, the three-time James Beard Award nominee and head chef of the award-winning North Fork Table & Inn who helped pioneer the “farm-to-table” movement and raised awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis through his years-long battle with the disease, died Wednesday.

He was 50.

“This disease, as terrible as it was, really thrust him into the community,” said Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds in Mattituck. “It’s incredible how much strength he had. He loved to go and talk with people, as difficult as it was. He was still out there; he wasn’t giving up.”

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