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New York Celebrity Chef Carl Ruiz Dies at 44, His Restaurant Confirms

The New York chef was a star in the culinary scene, making appearances on popular Food Network shows

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    New York Celebrity Chef Carl Ruiz Dies at 44

    Popular chef Carl Ruiz has died, his restaurant confirmed on Sunday. (Published Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019)

    Popular chef Carl Ruiz has died, his restaurant confirmed on Sunday.

    Popular chef Carl Ruiz has died, his restaurant confirmed on Sunday. 
    The New York chef was rising in popularity with appearances on the Food Newtork and News 4 in recent months. 
    Ruiz's restaurant opened 
    "To honor the work you loved so much Chef, La Cubana will continue your work in establishing the Carl Ruiz Scholarship Foundation for aspiring chefsPopular chef Carl Ruiz has died, his restaurant confirmed on Sunday. 

    La Cubana, Ruiz's restaurant, opened this summer in the Meatpacking District. His cause of death wasn't immediately clear.

    "No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother," a post on La Cubana's Instagram account read.

    "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," the post added. 

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    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 🙏🏽

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    The New York chef was a star in the culinary scene, making appearances on popular Food Network shows.

    In August, Ruiz joined Today In New York to share his recipe for bacon, egg and cheese empanadas with NBC 4 New York anchor Pat Battle. 

    Guy Fieri, Jet Tila, Michael Symon and other popular chefs shared their memories of Carl and offered condolences Sunday. 

    "I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone," Fieri wrote on Twitter. "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," he added.