Food Network celebrity chef Carl Ruiz has died, according to a recent tweet from Emmy Award-winning television personality Guy Fieri.
In a Sunday morning tweet, Fieri shared that Ruiz, the chef who appeared in "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," had passed away:
I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. 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. pic.twitter.com/einY8qp7wf— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) September 22, 2019
E! News said that the cause of death has not yet been released.
La Cubana, a restaurant Ruiz recently opened in New York, posted a tribute 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 🙏🏽
Ruiz was also a judge on "Guy's Grocery Games," according to People.
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