Top Chef Personality Howard Kleinberg’s Cause of Death Announced
Howard ‘Howie’ Kleinberg of the Bravo series Top Chef sadly passed away at the age of 46. Howard Kleinberg’s cause of death was announced after his death on July 22, 2022.
His mother Susan said that Howard, who had been on the show’s third season, had passed away this past weekend after a medical event.
“He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking. I am just finding out how many lives he touched,” Kleinberg’s mother said.
Bravo issued a touching statement saying, “The Top Chef family is saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three. Howie’s passion for cooking filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.”
Kleinberg had learned his trade at North Miami’s Johnson & Wales University and had worked at Miami’s Hotel Intercontinental. The Florida-born chef was a regular participant in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
He had run his own Miami-based eatery called Bulldog Barbecue. Howard ran the restaurant for ten years before taking on a position at the Anderson as an executive chef.
As an executive chef, Howard worked at the Coconut Grove, Florida restaurant the Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill. The restaurant’s owners said: “We at Peacock Garden are saddened by the passing of chef Howie Kleinberg. Howie was a valued member of our team and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”
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Howard Kleinberg’s Cause of Death after Heart Attack
The heart attack was announced as Howard Kleinberg’s cause of death at the age of 46. His mother confirmed the devastating news via a statement.
After the sad news of Howard Kleinberg’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay tributes to him.
Anderson owner Ken Lyon said he worked with Howard for a year after hiring him in 2020 to relaunch the restaurant following the pandemic shutdown.
“We got to work together for a year, and I’m so fortunate to have had that time with him,’ the Anderson owner said. He said that Kleinberg was a real barbecue champion and one of the most talented people in the barbecue business.
He added: “I was amazed at his knowledge. It was refreshing that he really knew those classic, old-school recipes, the basics that a lot of young chefs these days don’t know to prepare. He had a true talent.”
Howard had been involved in charitable endeavors, as he aimed at eliminating childhood hunger, as well as pet shelters. His family requested any donations in Kleinberg’s memory be made to the organizations Feeding South Florida or Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue.
Howard is survived by her mother Susan Kleinberg Ratner and his stepfather Ken Ratner; his sister Amy Wildstein and her three children. May he rest in peace.
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