Canadian TV Chefs React to Anthony Sedlak's Death
Fellow Food Network Canada hosts expressed their shock on news that the star of "Family Cook Off" and "The Main" died unexpectedly from an undiagnosed medical condition.
TORONTO - As news spread Monday about the sudden death of Food Network Canada host Anthony Sedlak, fellow Canadian TV chefs gave their shocked reactions.
"Anthony was a passionate cook and knew his stuff. And he loved to do TV. But mostly, he loved his family and buddies and we miss him greatly,” Trish Magwood, a judge alongside Sedlak on Family Cook Off, wrote on the Food Network Canada website in tribute to Sedlak.
Roger Mooking, co-host of Heat Seekers, a Food Network Canada show about spicy food, recounted last seeking Sedlak cooking at his CheeseSteak restaurant in Vancouver.
“There was a huge lineup and you could tell he was having fun and very proud,” he recalled.
John Catucci, host of the Food Network Canada show You Gotta Eat Here, offered on his Twitter account: “Raising a glass to Anthony Sedlak. You’ll be missed."
And fellow Canadian celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy tweeted: “Sending our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Sedlack.”
A Sedlak family statement on Monday indicated Sedlak collapsed from an “undiagnosed medical condition” before his body was discovered at his North Vancouver home Friday night. He was 29 years old.
Medical examiners are attempting to identify the exact time of death.
Sedlak also hosted four seasons of The Main, his own show on Food Network Canada, after first competing in and winning the Canadian channel’s Superstar Chef Challenge.
After opening The American Cheesesteak Co. restaurant in Vancouver, Sedlak turned to Toronto where he was revamping the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites' restaurants and room service menus.
A private funeral service for the family will be held in Vancouver.