‘Top Chef’ Alum Howard Kleinberg dead at 46 after heart attack


His mother, Howard Kleinberg, a former star of “Top Chef”, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 46 years old.

She said her son, who owned and operated Bulldog Barbecue North Miami for ten years, said, “I am just discovering how many lives he touched.”

“He was married because of his passion for life, which was his love for cooking.”

Funeral services for the beloved chef were held on Tuesday morning.

After Terry Zarikian, South Beach’s culinary director recommended Kleinberg for Bravo’s cooking competition series, Kleinberg was invited to appear in the third season. He finished seventh.

Bravo released a statement saying that the “Top Chef” family was saddened by the sudden passing of Howard Kleinberg, who had been with us since season three. “Howie’s passion and love for cooking were inspiring, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”


Four months ago, Kleinberg began his career as an executive chef at the Coconut Grove restaurant, the Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill.

Peacock Garden is saddened to hear about the passing of Howie Kleinberg,” the restaurant released a statement. “Howie was an important team member, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.”

Kleinberg supported philanthropic causes throughout his long and successful career as a chef. He also contributed to “Taste of the Nation,” which raises funds to combat childhood hunger. Kleinberg also raised money for animal shelters and had Skye, a rescue dog, at the time of his passing.

Kleinberg’s family asked that any donations in his name be made to Bullies-N-Beyond Rescue or Feeding South Florida.

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