Food Network star Carl Ruiz dead at age 44; Guy Fieri ‘heartbroken’
“I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,” Fieri posted on social media. “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. Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.”
“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,” his restaurant La Cubana wrote in an Instagram post. “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.” eu.usatoday.com
Ruiz was a fixture of the New York and New Jersey culinary crowd and was featured often on The Food Network and elsewhere in the media, including in The New York Times, the Cooking Channel, ESPN, Opie Radio and on his own Sirius XM Radio interview show, according to his restaurant’s website. He opened La Cubana in New York City’s Meatpacking district in June 2019 to pay tribute to his Cuban roots.
La Cubana confirmed Ruiz’s death in an Instagram post. heavy.com