If you have watched any episodes of 'Guy's Grocery Games' on Food Network, there is a good chance that you have seen Chef Carl Ruiz, either as a competitor or judge. He was in 25 episodes of 'Triple G', and his restaurant was featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'. Sadly, Carl passed away over the weekend, at the very young age of 44. His cause of death has not been released, however close friends say it might've been a heart attack, in his sleep.

Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him @GuyFieri





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On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother. Beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl's larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures. His fierce intellect and infectious humor knew no bounds. He was a mighty force of down home Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the fullest, just as he cooked—with “dancing always” as the most important ingredient. Here at La Cubana, Carl paid proud tribute to his Cuban roots each night, and it is here that Carl's legacy, undeniable spirit and passion for his culture will live on. We hope we make you proud, Carlito. . To honor the work you loved so much Chef, La Cubana will continue your work in establishing The Carl Ruiz Scholarship Foundation for aspiring chefs. . We love you! You are already missed. Rest easy 🙏🏽   A post shared by La Cubana (@lacubananyc) on

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