Top Chef character Howie “Howie” Kleinberg dies at 46 of a heart attack

Top Chef character Howie “Howie” Kleinberg dies at 46 of a heart attack

  • The Florida-born chef appeared in the third season of the Bravo series
  • His mother, Susan, said: He was married to his passion for life and he cooked it.
  • Kleinberg has been running his own restaurant in Miami called Bulldog Barbecue for 10 years
  • Kleinberg has supported charities aiming to end childhood hunger, as well as pet shelters

Howard ‘Howie’ Kleinberg of the Bravo Top Chef series has died at the age of 46 of 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 for life, which is his cooking,” she said. “I’m just figuring out how many lives he’s touched.”

The Latest: Bravo Top Chef series Howie 'Howie' Kleinberg dies at 46 of heart attack

The Latest: Bravo Top Chef series Howie ‘Howie’ Kleinberg dies at 46 of heart attack

Bravo released a statement saying: “The Top Chef family is saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Howard Kleinberg from season three. Howie’s passion for cooking has filled many and our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.

The newspaper reported that the Florida-born chef learned his trade at Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, and worked at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami.

Kleinberg, who was a regular participant in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, ran his own restaurant in Miami called Bulldog Barbecue, according to the newspaper.

According to the Miami New Times, Kleinberg ran the restaurant for 10 years before taking a position at Anderson as executive chef. This past March, Kleinberg began working at Coconut Grove, Florida’s Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill as executive chef.

The veteran chef was photographed at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February 2014

The veteran chef was photographed at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February 2014

Kleinberg was involved in philanthropy, being a supporter of organizations aimed at eliminating child hunger and pet shelters.  Filmed in 2010 in Miami

Kleinberg was involved in philanthropy, being a supporter of organizations aimed at eliminating child hunger and pet shelters. Filmed in 2010 in Miami

The restaurant owners told The New Times, “We at Peacock Garden are saddened by the passing of Chef Howie Kleinberg. Howie was an important member of our team and our deepest condolences go to his family.

Ken Lyon, owner of Anderson, said he worked with Kleinberg for a year after being hired in October of 2020 to relaunch the restaurant after the pandemic shutdown.

“We’ve been together for a year, and I’m so lucky to have had that time with him,” said Leon, calling Kleinberg a “real barbecue champion” and “one of the most talented people in barbecue.”

Kleinberg was remembered in a number of tweets after news of his death

Kleinberg was remembered in a number of tweets after news of his death

I was amazed to know him. It was refreshing that he really knew the classic old school recipes, the basics that not many young chefs these days know how to prepare. He had a real talent.

Kleinberg was involved in philanthropy, being a supporter of organizations aimed at eliminating childhood hunger, as well as pet shelters.

The Kleinberg family requested that any donations in his memory be made to Feeding South Florida or Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue.

Kleinberg is survived by mother Susan Kleinberg Ratner and stepfather Ken Ratner. His sister, Amy Wildenstein, and her three children.

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