Top Chef personality Howard ‘Howie’ Kleinberg dies aged 46 from heart attack
- The Florida-born chef had appeared in Bravo’s third season
- His mother Susan said: ‘He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking’
- Kleinberg had run his own restaurant in Miami called Bulldog Barbecue for 10 years
- Kleinberg had supported charities aimed at ending child hunger, as well as pet shelters
Howard ‘Howie’ Kleinberg of the Bravo series Top Chef has died aged 46 after suffering a heart attack.
Kleinberg’s mother, Susan, told the Miami Herald that the chef, who was on the show’s third season, died last weekend after the medical event.
“He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking,” she said. “I’m just finding out how many lives he touched.”
The latest: Howard ‘Howie’ Kleinberg of the Bravo series Top Chef has died aged 46 after suffering a heart attack
Bravo released a statement saying: ‘The Top Chef 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 Florida-born chef had learned his trade at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, the newspaper reported, and had worked at the Intercontinental hotel in Miami.
Kleinberg, a regular at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, had run his own Miami-based restaurant called Bulldog Barbecue, according to the newspaper.
According to the Miami New Times, Kleinberg ran the restaurant for 10 years before taking a job at the Anderson as executive chef. Last March, Kleinberg began working at Coconut Grove, Florida’s Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill as executive chef.
The veteran chef was pictured at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February 2014
Kleinberg had been involved in charitable activities, as he supported organizations aimed at ending child hunger and pet shelters. He was photographed in 2010 in Miami
The restaurant’s owners told The New Times: “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 condolences to his family.
Anderson owner Ken Lyon said he worked with Kleinberg for a year after hiring him in October 2020 to revive the restaurant after the pandemic shutdown.
“We worked together for a year, and I’m so lucky to have spent that time with him,” Lyon said, calling Kleinberg a “true barbecue champion” and “one of the most talented people in the business.” barbecue”.
Kleinberg was remembered in a number of tweets following news of his death
“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 how to do. He had real talent.
Kleinberg had been involved in charitable activities, as he supported organizations aimed at eliminating childhood hunger, as well as pet shelters.
Kleinberg’s family has requested that any donations in his memory be made to the organizations Feeding South Florida or Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue.
Kleinberg is survived by his mother Susan Kleinberg Ratner and stepfather Ken Ratner; her sister Amy Wildstein and her three children.