The Tragic Death Of Chef And Restaurateur Michael Ginor

2022 has been a rough year for the culinary world. Many of its brightest stars have passed away, leaving both an enduring legacy and a void in the hearts of those who looked up to them. This fall alone, food fans and loved ones have mourned the passing of both "Julie and Julia" author Julie Powell and famed restaurateur Madame Wu. And on November 25, according to a press release, New York chef and restaurateur Michael Ginor passed away.

In his 59 years, Ginor experienced an enviable level of culinary success. Before he began his journey in food, he worked on Wall Street, rising to senior vice president at his finance firm. He then went on to follow his heart's true passion, food, and opened a Long Island restaurant with his friend Lenny Messina called Restaurant LOLA. In the years that followed, Ginor traveled the world writing about his food experiences, appeared on the Food Network, released several cookbooks, and was an active philanthropist. The chef was especially well known for being the co-owner and president of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, advocating for the responsible production and consumption of duck foie gras.

Ginor's loved ones are sharing their condolences and memories on social media

Ginor died of a heart attack while participating in a recent Iron Man triathlon in Israel, a country where he once lived and whose cuisine he admired. The news of his passing came as a shock to friends and family, as the husband, father, and grandfather was reported to be an active runner and triathlon participant. In the days following his death, friends and fellow stars began sharing touching tributes to the late chef on social media. Writer Mark Caro reflected on his encounter with Ginor in a tweet, saying, "When we met in Philadelphia, he led me on a pilgrimage to find the city's best banh mi sandwich. He loved talking about food and family, and I'm shocked and sad to hear of his passing."

Journalist Pervaiz Shallwani also reminisced on his interactions with Ginor, posting, "He was one of my favorite #FeedMeTV interviews: kind, funny & generous with his time. A sad day in the food world. He put foie gras on the American dining map but was much more." Chef David Burke summed up Ginor's personality: "Michael had a huge heart, huge smile and loved to laugh. Curious to see the world and learn and he took many of us on tour w him. He had an appetite for knowledge and he loved putting people together." Ginor's Instagram account has been updated with information about his funeral, which will take place on November 30 and where guests are encouraged to wear the "Michael Ginor uniform:" jeans, a black T-shirt, and a chef's jacket.