Howard “Howie” Kleinberg died of a heart attack at the age of 46. The chef was most known for being part of the third season of Bravo’s television series Top Chef. His mother Susan announced his death, stating he died at the weekend following the medical episode.
She told the Miami Herald: “He was married to his love in life, which was his cuisine.” “I am only discovering out how many people he touched.” After the news surfaced, Bravo also released a statement saying: “The Top Chef family is heartbroken to learn about the unexpected demise of Howard Kleinberg from season three.
“Howie’s passion for cooking thrilled so many and our sincere sympathies go out to his family and friends.” The Floria-Born chef was often a part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and owned the Miami-based restaurant called Bulldog Barbecue.
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The Miami New Times said that he had operated the restaurant for a decade before going to the Anderson as an executive chef. He had founded the establishment immediately after his participation in Top Chef, in which he came seventh place.
During his stint in the competition, he won two elimination tasks. The restaurant was inspired by his love of barbeque food and summer days. Following the news of his passing, admirers of the chef and the TV series went to social media to give messages of condolence.
Ken Lyon, the owner of the Anderson, told Miami New Times he’ll remember Howie as a skilled cook and a wonderful guy. The restaurateur had worked with Howie’s mother, Susan, a local event planner, after arriving in Miami and said: “I didn’t know him that well before, but we ended up working together when we reopened the Anderson.”
“We got to work together for a year, and I’m so fortunate to have had that time with him.” He proceeded: “What I can say from cooking alongside him is that he was a real barbecue champion — definitely one of the most talented people in the barbecue business that I’ve come across.”
Family members of Howard include his mother Susan Kleinberg Ratner, his stepfather Ken Ratner, his sister Amy Wildstein and her three children. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily