Food Network star and restaurant owner Carl Ruiz has actually died, his friends and colleagues verified. He was44
La Cubana, Ruiz’s restaurant, validated his death on its Instagram page. While the dining establishment’s post said Ruiz dropped dead, a cause of death was not instantly offered.
On behalf of the La Cubana household, with agony of minds, we are deeply saddened to share the death of our precious Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can totally express our unhappiness at the sudden loss of our dear good friend and brother. Beyond his enormous culinary talent, Carl’s larger-than-life personality never ever failed to entertain, inform, and uplift every person he came across along his #Ruizing adventures. His strong intelligence and contagious humor understood no bounds. He was a magnificent force of down house Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the max, simply as he prepared– with “dancing always” as the most essential ingredient. Here at La Cubana, Carl paid proud tribute to his Cuban roots each night, and it is here that Carl’s tradition, undeniable spirit and enthusiasm for his culture will survive on. We hope we make you happy, Carlito. To honor the work you loved a lot Chef, La Cubana will continue your work in developing The Carl Ruiz Scholarship Foundation for aiming chefs. We love you! You are already missed. Rest simple
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” On behalf of the La Cubana household, with aching hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the death of our cherished Executive Chef Carl Ruiz,” the post read. “No words can fully reveal our unhappiness at the abrupt loss of our dear pal and bro.”
Ruiz, who was Cuban-American, opened La Cubana in June. The New York area served Cuban food.
Much of Ruiz’s Food Network colleagues have also shared homages to the late chef on social networks.
” I’m sad that my good friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,” Man Fieri wrote in a Instagram post. “I have no words to explain what a terrific buddy 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. Over the years, I have actually fulfilled a lot of terrific people however a buddy like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ‘The Cuban’ Ruiz will permanently survive on in my heart and in those of all who liked him.”
I’m heartbroken that my buddy chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to explain what a terrific pal he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any situations was only beat by his skill as a chef. pic.twitter.com/einY8qp7wf
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) September 22, 2019
Ruiz has appeared on multiple episodes of Fieri’s show, “Restaurants, Drive-Ins and Dives.” He was also a judge on Fieri’s cooking competition, “Person’s Grocery Games.”
Chef Jet Tila, who has actually also appeared on “Man’s Grocery Games,” likewise posted a homage to Ruiz.
” You taught us how to take pleasure in every moment to the max and not live questioning what if,” he stated in a tweet. You are gone method too quickly @carlruiz! I will always be #ruizing! You will be remembered by all of us! #RIP my good friend,” he composed. “Thank you @guyfieri for bringing Carl into all of our lives.”
” To say he was a great chef, would be putting it lightly, Anthony Rodriguiz, director of photography in “Restaurants, Drive-Ins and Dives” said in an Instagram post including him and Ruiz. “To state he was amusing, would be putting it lightly and to say that he was a great good friend would be putting it very lightly. I am devastated at the method too quickly loss of my pal Carl.”
Representatives at La Cubana informed PEOPLE that the dining establishment would be establishing the Carl Ruiz Scholarship Structure to assist aiming chefs.
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