How Eduardo Garcia Became a Bionic Chef
11/30/2013 AT 04:00 PM EST
"There is no way to describe the warm symphony of noise that fills your body when being electrocuted," he says. "The next thing I remember was looking down at my left hand and seeing a charred mess."
The classically trained chef – luckily a right-handed one – then spent 48 days recovering in a burn trauma unit, wondering what was next for his career.
"I was scared, but I was set on learning how to survive," says Garcia, 32, who traveled the world as a personal chef on private yachts before opening Montana Mex, a Mexican food company in Bozeman, Mont. "The optimistic part of me was saying, 'You can do it.' "