CHICAGO — Homaro Cantu, who founded the Michelin-honored restaurant Moto, has been found dead.
Police say he was found hanging in a building where he wanted to open a brewery on the Northwest sSide.
Police suspect suicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Limited information from the Cook County medical examiner’s office confirms Cantu’s death was not a homicide.
Everybody knew him as Omar, the chef who blended science and cuisine and had a passion for changing the way we cook and eat.
Before Moto, Cantu worked with famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter at his eponymous Lincoln Park restaurant. When Trotter died, Omar spoke at length about working for the man he idolized.
Tributes from other chefs and those in the culinary world are pouring in to social media.
Please everyone, send your thoughts/prayers to the family & loved ones of chef Homaro Cantu. A great friend, a horrible loss; speechless. RT
— GRAHAM ELLIOT (@grahamelliot) April 14, 2015
— Scott Kleinberg (@scottkleinberg) April 14, 2015
RIP Chef Homaro Cantu you brought science to cuisine.
— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) April 14, 2015
Rest in Peace Chef Cantu you will be missed by many.
— BRYAN VOLTAGGIO (@BryanVoltaggio) April 14, 2015
Please send your thoughts/prayers to the family & loved ones of Chef Homaro Cantu. What a horrible loss; speechless! http://t.co/TM3t0voRzC
— Curtis Duffy (@curtisduffy) April 14, 2015