Celebrity Chef Homaro Cantu Found Dead at 38
Famed Chef Homaro Cantu was found dead on Tuesday afternoon of an apparent suicide. He was 38.
Police said Cantu was discovered hanging inside a building where he’d hoped to open a brewery on the northwest side of Chicago, according to WGN-TV. His autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
The 38-year-old chef had appeared on a number of reality cooking series, including Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen and Dinner Impossible. His restaurant Moto, a fine-dining establishment that mixes science with high-end food, was at the center of the TV show Future Food on Planet Green/Discovery Channel network
“I’m saddened, I’m broken up,” said Trevor Rose-Hamblin, Moto’s former general manager, the Chicago Tribune reports. “This guy was my best friend. He was going to be my business partner.”
Known as “Omar” to his friends, Cantu was a champion of the miracle berry, a fruit that makes sour foods taste sweet. It was the focus for two of his establishments: the now closed restaurant iNG and the newly opened coffee bar Berrista.
“I was devastated,” said friend Michael Taus, who knew the chef for more than a decade, NBC Chicago reports. “I don’t think there’s anybody like Omar. I mean, he was shooting for the moon.
“He didn’t know the word, ‘No,’ and he was just always experimenting. He was a mad scientist.”