On Monday morning, we heard the tragic news that Food Network Canada chef Anthony Sedlak had passed away. Fans were introduced to Anthony back in 2005 on Superstar Chef Challenge and since then, he continued to wow us with shows like The Main and Family Cook-Off. His loss is deeply felt here at Food Network and our most heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
The response to his death has been overwhelming. Earlier in the week we heard from members of the Food Network Canada family, and today we'd like to share some of your responses compiled via Facebook, Twitter and on Food Network.
Laura: Anthony taught me how to cook by watching his show from a hospital bed. I was so heartbroken when I learned of [his] passing. [He] will be dearly missed.
Mia: RIP Chef! You will be missed.
Karamarie: Thank you Anthony, for sharing your many gifts, passions and warmth with the world. The first episode I looked up on this site was one of your own: "The Onion" episode. Your easy-going, creative and personable approach to food encouraged me - and thousands of others - to get off the couch, to go to the market and get into the kitchen. You will continue to inspire countless others for years to come.
Shiloh: Deeply saddened by his loss. My heart goes out to his Mom and Dad. Shocking indeed.....God now has an awesome chef. Rest in peace.
Sally: Anthony seemed to invite us all to be fearless in the kitchen. He made great food accessible to all and inspired us with his passion.
Sheryl: Your sweet smile and your passion for cooking will be missed....Rest in Peace. Now there is a wonderful cook in heaven...Thinking of your family.
@WickedQueenOne - Saddened by the passing of @AnthonySedlak. Was one of my favourite @FoodNetworkCA personalities. Gone too soon.
@ShelbySchneid - Wishing #AnthonySedlak and his family peace. May you rest in peace! He was the one who inspired my love of cooking!
@CrazedCook - What a spirit! So incredibly saddened by the news of his passing – he connected with everyone.
@Natalie_Beraradi - A chef I truly respected. Many condolences to his family.
@anne143nkotb - R.I.P Anthony Sedlak. Gone too soon. The Food Network will not be the same without you.
@EmpireOfDisdain - RIP Anthony Sedlak - you were an inspiration.
@citieguy - Terribly sad news about 29 yr old celebrity chef @FoodNetworkCA star Anthony Sedlak death. Condolences to his family and friends.
@MsLilDvl - Very sad to hear of @FoodNetworkCA star #AnthonySedlack passing away. Loved #TheMain. A great talent taken too soon. Regards to his family!
@benshairnet - RIP Anthony Sedlak. Enjoyed you on @foodnetworkCA, you had a great on-camera personality and made cooking fun and approachable.
Donna E - No one deserves to pass away so young.
Julie M - Omg! I cannot believe this! He was such a great chef: his cook book is the favorite one that I have.
Vijaya S - So sad to hear of his passing. He was definitely a one of a kind personality on the network, and will be missed. Thoughts and condolences to his family during this time.
Amanda N - Oh my gosh! What a loss for his family and to the Food Network family...so sad...I watched his show all the time...such a loss to the culinary world...my prayers and condolences to his family.
Sophie C - Wow, was such a big fan of him & The Main... can't believe this. RIP Anthony Sedlak, such a handsome young man. Condolences to the family & friends.
Lorie I - Wow so sad and so young my condolences to the family such talent and definately not wasted I'm sure he has inspired others to follow their path.
Andrew P - RIP Anthony. Love and prayers to family and friends. Thanks for passing along some great knowledge and recipes on your show.
Margaux R - I'm sure gonna miss him. He's one of the reasons I watched Food Network. He was full of energy, creativity and was relatable...so cute too! Thanks for sharing ur wonderful ideas Mr. Sedlak...
Kay W - Awful news, I met him in Winnipeg once at a cooking demo, he was gracious and approachable - ready to give advice. I will miss seeing him on TV.
Barry P - So shocked to hear the terrible news this morning. That such a talented, vibrant young life should be cut short so soon is truly tragic. To have accomplished so much at 29 is remarkable but so much less than the promise he held. My sincere condolences to his family and colleagues.
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by Souzan Michael