‘Top Chef’ Alum Howard Kleinberg Dead at 46 After Heart Attack


Howard Kleinberg
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Top Chef season 3 alum Howard “Howie” Kleinberg died earlier this month after suffering a heart attack. He was 46 years old.

The Bravo alum’s mother, SusanThe author told the Miami HeraldOn Monday, July 25, her son died. “I am just finding out how many lives he touched,” she said, thanking those who sent their condolences. “He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking.”

Kleinberg’s funeral was held on Tuesday, July 26, in his native Florida. Per the news outlet, the chef’s family is asking for donations to be made in his memory to the Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue pet shelter or to Feeding South Florida, a local food bank.

Kleinberg was the owner of Bulldog Barbecue, North Miami’s oldest restaurant, for 10 years before his passing. The restauranteur was met by fans during season 3. Top ChefThe telecast of the episode aired in 2007 in his hometown.

“The Top Chef family is saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three,” read a statement from Bravo after the reality star’s death. “Howie’s passion for cooking filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.”

The Johnson & Wales University alum placed seventh on the cooking competition series. He was highly regarded by Terry ZarikianThe South Beach food festival’s culinary director is.

Kleinberg is survived along with his mother and stepfather. Ken Ratnersister Amy WildsteinPhillip, Whitney, Lindsey & Lindsey. His father Wally, who died from a heart attack at the age of 34, predeceased him. The TV personality was just 6 years old at the time of his dad’s death.

Kleinberg was also a caring pet owner to Skye the dog, whom a friend took in after his death. Miami Herald. Kleinberg was passionate about giving to his community all his life. Kleinberg was a regular contributor to Taste of the Nation and raised money for animal shelters. This organization aims to end childhood hunger.

Kleinberg was named executive Chef at Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill Coconut Grove, Florida four months before his passing. “We at Peacock Garden are saddened by the passing of chef Howie Kleinberg,” the restaurant noted in a statement, according to Page Six. “Howie was a valued member of our team and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”

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