Carl "The Cuban" Ruiz spent his life sharing wonderful food with the world.
Ruiz worked as a chef in some of the most popular restaurants in Manhattan and New Jersey. In 2011, Carl and his wife, Marie, opened their own cafe and deli in Chatham Township, New Jersey, which they called "Marie's Italian Specialties." It was while working on this project, cultivating specialty rustic cuisine, that Ruiz befriended celebrity chef, Guy Fieri. Fieri was so impressed by the kind of dishes Ruiz was creating that he filmed two episodes of his Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives show at the establishment. Food Network saw potential in Ruiz and his big persona and asked him to judge on several cooking shows, such as Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen.
But fame comes at a cost, right? Sadly, fame led to the breakdown of Carl's marriage to Marie.
Carl's death has come as a massive shock and many people are asking why a forty-four-year-old could be taken so soon without warning...
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Marie's Italian Specialties.
Ruiz's life was flipped upside down when he met Guy Fieri.
Sadly, Ruiz's climb to fame was cut short.
Not that fame didn't come with its challenges...
Bit of an ominous one...
"No matter what you do in life never ever go out quietly. #ruizing"
Carl Ruiz absolutely loved hotdogs.
I mean, sometimes, he'd post loaded hotdogs...
Hot dogs anywhere, anytime...
Hotdogs have got a pretty bad rep.I mean, it's pretty universally understood that getting a hotdog out and about is a risky move. Carl, it seems, didn't mind taking a risk on his one man mission to try all of the country's hot dogs - good or bad.
Carl didn't just eat hotdogs...
Carl's diet wasn't good.
Carl will be sorely missed.
Carl was clearly a good friend to many people.One guy that tweeted about Carl's passing also made time to express that the late-chef had really helped him out during some tough times.
He lived life to the fullest.
I don’t think I’ve known anyone who lived life to the fullest more than @carlruiz. He was hilarious and exceptional… https://t.co/JJeCSgQ3W9— Travis Tefft (@Travis Tefft)1569167102.0
"Comforting, wise, reckless, brilliant..."
This man was somehow fatherly, comforting, wise, reckless, brilliant, wickedly funny & unique all in 1. My life wil… https://t.co/v3EU3kEVFX— alex guarnaschelli (@alex guarnaschelli)1569173010.0
"You taught us to live every moment to the fullest."
You taught us how to enjoy every moment to the fullest and not live wondering what if! You are gone way too soon… https://t.co/SvCTki7snK— Jet Tila (@Jet Tila)1569161457.0
Guy Fieri, who made Carl a star, was heartbroken by the news.
I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to m… https://t.co/RciaELyBnu— Guy Fieri (@Guy Fieri)1569162461.0
With loss comes regrets.
Tonight I’m filled with sadness & guilt. Carl Ruiz was a great man, a talented chef, a funny, kind soul, & each tim… https://t.co/14Td7QeUec— Antonella212 (Instagram) (@Antonella212 (Instagram))1569134907.0
Carl will surely be frying up a storm in heaven.
I didn’t know Carl Ruiz well but I know he was great at cooking and laughing. To paraphrase the celebrity death cli… https://t.co/4yml9tasQB— Dug "a grave, who wants in?" Benson (@Dug "a grave, who wants in?" Benson)1569219895.0