NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Celebrity chef and New York City restaurant owner Carl Ruiz has died at the age of 44.

Ruiz, known for his frequent appearances on the Food Network, owned La Cubana in the Meatpacking District and a slew of other restaurants around the world.

La Cubana announced his death on Instagram, posting, “On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother.”

View this post on Instagram

On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother. 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. Here at La Cubana, Carl paid proud tribute to his Cuban roots each night, and it is here that Carl's legacy, undeniable spirit and passion for his culture will live on. We hope we make you proud, Carlito. . To honor the work you loved so much Chef, La Cubana will continue your work in establishing The Carl Ruiz Scholarship Foundation for aspiring chefs. . We love you! You are already missed. Rest easy 🙏🏽

A post shared by La Cubana (@lacubananyc) on

The restaurant also said it plans to honor Ruiz’s memory by establishing a scholarship for aspiring chefs.

There’s no word on what caused his death, but some reports say he may have suffered a heart attack.

Multiple celebrities offered their condolences over the weekend, including Food Network co-star Guy Fiere.

“Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million,” he wrote. “Carl ‘The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.”

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

Leave a Reply