Food Network star and celebrity chef Carl Ruiz dies at age 44  – News Live

Food Network star and celebrity chef Carl Ruiz dies at age 44 – News Live


Carl Ruiz, the TV chef best known for his roles on shows with pal and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri, has died of a suspected heart attack Ruiz, who was appeared on the Food Network shows Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, was 44, according to a post from his New York restaurant La Cubana’s official Instagram page on Sunday A cause of death was not officially known. Friends who confirmed his death on social media said Ruiz died peacefully in his sleep of what was believed have been a heart attack, ‘I’m absolutely gutted,’ wrote chum Matt Farah in a post on Instagram, also confirming Ruiz’s passing  Longtime friend Fieri, 55, also posted a heartbreaking tribute on social media mourning the passing of his co-star    ‘I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,’ the star began. ‘I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef ‘ Share this article Share 1.6k shares The Cuban-American previously owned Marie’s Italian Specialities in Chatham Township, New Jersey, with his ex-wife, Marie Riccio and was well-known for his knowledge of Spanish food  He had opened La Cubana in Manhattan’s Meat Packing district in June, specializing in authentic cuisine from the island nation of his roots  Ruiz was described on his restaurant’s website as ‘an acclaimed chef, consultant, and magnetic media personality whose down-home persona never fails to entertain, educate, and uplift ‘He was in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years and had opened eateries around the world, in addition to having a successful television and radio career He had ‘headlined world-famous culinary events — and with his well-earned insights, (became) the ‘secret weapon’ to success for many other star chefs along the way,’ writes the restaurant’s website On The Food Network, he had served both as a competitive chef champion and celebrity judge  Whether he was ‘cooking up Cuban delicacies like Fufu or the classic Elena Ruz Sandwich, offering sage advice to up-and-coming chefs, or critiquing show contestants’ finer points of culinary execution, everyone (was) bound to walk away learning something new,’ his restaurant’s website says   Ruiz also made a name for himself on Sirius XM Radio, where he interviewed some other chefs, and offered culinary tips with a humorous flare He also had a podcast on Westwood One.He was a graduate of the accredited Institute of Culinary Education in New York, and was a regular feature in mainstream media He was quoted by The New York Times, and appeared regularly on the Cooking Channel, ESPN, FOX News and other media outlets Ruiz beat out 16 other chefs from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to take the grand prize on Fieri’s Guy’s Grocery Games and was a featured judge on the program ‘Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million,” added Fieri in his social media post ‘Carl ‘The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him Fieri wasn’t the only chef who paid tribute to Ruiz.  ‘You taught us how to enjoy every moment to the fullest and not live wondering what if! You are gone way too soon @carlruiz! I will always be #ruizing! You will be remembered by us all! #RIP my friend,’ wrote Jet Tila of Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Guy’s Grocery Games fame  ‘Thank you @guyfieri for bringing Carl into all of our lives,” Tila added. Chef Ben Ford, whose parents are Harrison Ford and Mary Marquardt, added, ‘Our community lost a good one yesterday Way too young RIP.”To say he was a great chef, would be putting it lightly. To say he was funny, would be putting it lightly and to say that he was a great friend would be putting it very lightly,’ wrote Anthony Rodriguez, a director of photography for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in another emotional post ‘I am devastated at the way too soon loss of my friend Carl. Carl, you lived life to the fullest, enjoyed every moment and were one of the truest and most loyal friends anyone could ever ask for,’ Rodriguez added ‘The friendship and loyalty and laughs he brought to me and all of the group of friends that knew him best, is just indescribable Carl you were definitely an original and lived the fullest and yet, way to short a life Vaya con dios mi hermano, te amo ❤️ See you in the next life my friend.’ The staff at La Cuban added that ‘beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl’s larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures ‘His fierce intellect and infectious humor knew no bounds. He was a mighty force of down home Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the fullest, just as he cooked—with ‘dancing always’ as the most important ingredient ‘

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