Homaro Cantu, the talented chef and owner of Moto restaurant, has died. According to reports, the 38-year-old died of an apparent hanging and his death is being investigated as a suicide.
Cantu's wife, Katie McGowan posted this message on Facebook in his honor:
Thank you everybody for the outpouring of love for Homaro Cantu. Among his many gifts, he was the most generous person I ever met. If you are one of the hundreds of people who asked him to donate to your school or charity each year--I know for a fact that he said yes. If you are one of the many many who asked him for a favor, or help, I am positive he made a phone call on your behalf, or found you a job, or comped your meal. He truly believed that he could change the world by just working a little harder or coming up with a new idea. Please don't believe all the garbage in the news. It was just another case of someone trying to make a buck off of him or take credit for his ideas. If you want his legacy to live on, go try his food, experience his visions. That's all he wanted.
In 2005, Chicago Tonight gave viewers an inside look at the unique practices and boyish curiosity of Homaro Cantu. Watch the video:
Also in 2005, Cantu joined then-host Bob Sirott with a live demo in the Supper Club segment on Chicago Tonight.
In December 2008, Phil Ponce talked with three local chefs, including Homaro Cantu, about what they've cooked up in order to keep their restaurants fully operational during the recession. Watch the clip below:
Moto restaurant was featured in an episode of Check, Please!