‘Top Chef’ alum Howard Kleinberg dies at 46


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Former “Top Chef” Howard Kleinberg has passed away, the Bravo show announced on Twitter. He was 46 years old.

“The #Excellent chef The family is saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three. Howie’s passion for cooking has filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends,” the account wrote on Twitter.

Kleinberg’s mother, Susan, confirmed the chef died over the weekend of a heart attack to the Miami Herald.

“I’m just finding out how many lives he touched,” she told the outlet. “He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking.”

The outlet reported that Kleinberg studied at Johnson & Wales University Culinary School in North Miami. One of his first cooking gigs was at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.

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Kleinberg placed seventh on the third season of “Top Chef” in 2007. After his time on the show, he opened his own restaurant, Bulldog Barbecue, in Miami.

‘Top Chef’ alum Howard Kleinberg has died aged 46.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison)

According to his obituary, a funeral was held in his honor Tuesday in North Miami. Her family has requested that donations in her honor be made to save pets Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue or Feeding South Florida.

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The chief is survived by his mother, his father, his sister, as well as his dog, Skye.

Kleinberg participated in the third season of "Excellent chef" in 2007.

Kleinberg participated in the third season of “Top Chef” in 2007.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison)

Kleinberg’s obituary page was filled with kind words from fans.

“I remember and loved Howie Kleinberg on Top Chef. He was passionate about food. RIP,” one user wrote.

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“I taught Howie in elementary school. Years later, at his restaurant in North Miami, his waitress surprised me by bringing out his gift of milk and cookies. I will always think of him fondly,” wrote another user.

“Chef Howie was a fun, kind, big-hearted man. He made me try my first Luther burger and introduced me to the magic of burnt extremities. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing “, we read in another message.




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