So Sad: Chicago Chef Judson Todd Allen Dead At 36 From Heart Attack

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Judson Todd Allen Dies

A popular Chicago chef who was dubbed the “Architect of Flavor” has died. Reps for Chef Judson Todd Allen confirm that he passed away this weekend. The Chicago-area chef who once appeared on the Food Network died Saturday of an apparent heart attack, according to the owners of the restaurant where he worked.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of our friend & colleague, Chef Judson Todd Allen, culinary lead of Taste 222,” according to a tweet from Taste 222. “We’ll never forget his passion for food in creating our menu and highlighting the flavors & spices he loved.”

His cooking gained national recognition as a finalist of the eighth season of “Food Network Star.” He also cooked for celebrities like Steve Harvey and Jamie Foxx. In Chicago, he worked as the head chef of Taste 222, a restaurant in the Fulton River District neighborhood, which opened last May.

“No one could bring food to life like Judson,” Thompson said to The Chicago Tribune. “The way he talked to people, the motions and gestures, he would take you on the cuisine journey.”

Very, very sad. R.I.P. Judson Todd

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