Yesterday we were all shaken and shocked by the sudden, sad news of Chef Cantu's passing. I’m always in awe of how the restaurant world comes together in good times and bad. I’ve heard from many friends in and out of the industry, some sharing stories of his generosity and how he was a silent hero to some.
This evening the Trotter Project put out a statement on how anyone can help. Chef Cantu left behind his wife Katie and two adorable daughters. If you can help in anyway, it will be greatly appreciated. It’s no longer about our own reaction to yesterday’s news but about helping his family.
The Trotter Project lost one of its greatest guiding forces yesterday, our dear friend, Chef Homaro Cantu. He was instrumental in founding The Trotter Project and rallied Chef Charlie Trotter’s alumni and culinary supporters to envision a charitable organization that would mentor emerging young talent and teach underserved youth the Pillars of Excellence Chef Trotter professed.
Cantu believed Chef Trotter's restaurant and studio kitchen had significant historic value and place in the culinary world, and could be transformed into a lasting legacy as a center of mentorship for future generations of culinary talent.
Omar, as we knew him, was an amazing person who was so incredibly creative, talented, innovative, and most importantly, giving. We gratefully acknowledge his enormous contribution to Chef Trotter’s legacy. We send our prayers and condolences to his wife, Katie, and to their two beautiful daughters.
In lieu of flowers, the Cantu family asks that donations be mailed to:
Cantu Children’s Trust
1555 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Omar was always happy to help without question. He was always bringing people together and his passing has only made the bond for many of us even stronger. I only wish he was here to see it.
If you can give even a little to the Trust above, it will be greatly appreciated and you’ll support Omar’s greatest accomplishment, his daughters.
Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter or instagram @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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