Homaro Cantu, famed Chicago chef of Moto, found dead

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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.

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