Marie Riccio Biography
Marie Riccio is best for the ex-wife of Carl Ruiz. She is the owner and operator of Maries Italian Specialties in Chatham New Jersey. Carl Ruiz, a beloved celebrity chef, and owner of the New York restaurant La Cubana who has died at the age of 44 on September 22nd, 2019.
Marie Riccio Education
She is a graduate from Rutgers University – Newark Campus University in Newark, New Jersey as per her LinkedIn profile.
Marie Riccio Divorce with Chef Carl Ruiz and Marie’s Italian Food
Good buddy of mine is gone. He made people laugh who’d forgotten how to laugh. He set rooms on fire. He was the match and the kerosene. The smartest and lovable-ist asshole I knew. This one gutted me. Goodnight, @carlruiz. pic.twitter.com/kYpkgeEIEr
— Troy Johnson (@_troyjohnson) September 22, 2019
The Cuban-American previously owned Marie’s Italian Specialities in Chatham Township, New Jersey, with his ex-wife, Marie Riccio, and was well-known for his knowledge of Spanish food.
He had opened La Cubana in Manhattan’s Meat Packing district in June, specializing in authentic cuisine from the island nation of his roots.
Ruiz was described on his restaurant’s website as ‘an acclaimed chef, consultant, and magnetic media personality whose down-home persona never fails to entertain, educate, and uplift.’
He was in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years and had opened eateries around the world, in addition to having a successful television and radio career.
“It’s not eating-fava-beans-in-flip-flops-in-Tuscany Italian. It’s American Italian. It’s lay-down-on-your-couch-for-three-hours-afterward Italian,” he told the newspaper in 2014. He and his wife shared the cooking duties equally. “My wife is Sicilian,” he told The Times. “If the place wasn’t called Marie’s, I’d be in trouble.” After the couple divorced, Riccio took over the restaurant.
Marie Riccio ex-Husband Chef Carl Ruiz
I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef. pic.twitter.com/einY8qp7wf
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) September 22, 2019
Carl Ruiz, the TV chef best known for his roles on shows with pal and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri, has died of a suspected heart attack.
Ruiz, who has appeared on the Food Network shows Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, was 44, according to a post from his New York restaurant La Cubana’s official Instagram page on Sunday.
Chef Carl Ruiz Cause of Death
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I was waiting to respect the privacy of his family and close friends, but since I’m starting to get messages, I guess it’s out, and sadly true. We lost Carl @saborchef last night; he passed peacefully in his sleep at just 44 years old. I’m absolutely gutted. Though I only knew Carl for 2 short years, he was my consigliere, my sounding board, my “am I crazy?” Test, and a ride or die friend. Carl was down for anything, at any time. Every single time we hung out, three things happened: Carl taught me something unbelievably interesting, Carl introduced me to someone very interesting, and Carl made me laugh my fucking face off. At our wedding, he was basically a character from Wedding Crashers, but invited. He was a goddamn rock star. He was on my porch when the Countach came across my phone. He said “if you don’t buy that fucking car im going to throw you off this roof” The idea I can’t bounce a watch purchase, a recipe, or a funny tweet off him ever again hasn’t really set in, but let’s just say life feels a lot more gray today. He was too prophetic for his own good – Carl was never going to grow old and invalid, he was full throttle every day and no one was gonna tell him otherwise. I just wish I had some more time to laugh with my friend. “Every gambler knows, the secret to surviving, is knowin what to throw away; knowin what to keep. Cuz every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser, and the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep.”
A cause of death was not officially known. Friends who confirmed his death on social media said Ruiz died peacefully in his sleep of what was believed to have been a heart attack,
Marie Riccio and Carl Ruiz Appeared in Cooking Competitions
Along with his appearance on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with his ex-wife, Ruiz was also on Fieri’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” as a contestant and a celebrity judge and “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen.” He also appeared on “Dinner: Impossible.”
This man was somehow fatherly, comforting, wise, reckless, brilliant, wickedly funny & unique all in 1. My life will be lonelier without him. Love you Carl. I’ll make sure no one puts pineapple on pizza best I can without you here. 💔#rip @carlruiz pic.twitter.com/zgzVX1xlhy
— alex guarnaschelli (@guarnaschelli) September 22, 2019
Marie Riccio and Carl Ruiz Children
According to her Facebook, she has two children, a daughter named Michelle and a son.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Ruiz has died of a suspected heart attack in his sleep at the age of 44
- The TV star was best known for his role on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
- His longtime friend Fieri, 55, posted a heartbreaking tribute
- ‘I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,’ Guy began
- Cuban-American Carl was known for his knowledge of Spanish food
- In June he opened the restaurant La Cubana in New York City