Ken Kostick led passionate life

Written By My Infomation on 4/26/11 | 4/26/2011



The world lost a wonderful man with the death of Canadian personality and celebrity Chef Ken Kostick, who passed away recently.
“Ken successfully battled acute pancreatitis and returned home on Feb. 25 for his recovery where he unfortunately encountered an unexpected bump in the road on April 4th,” said is life partner and business manager, Desi Cabrera. “After a hard fight Ken died peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on April 21.”
Everyone knew Ken for his vivacious spirit, his generous nature and his love of life. Incredibly talented, Ken had many passions including, food, pets and people.  He had several careers through his life, including cooking show host on the cult-classic What’s For Dinner?and subsequent shows Ken Kostick and CompanyCounter Top to Table Cuisine and the most recent: He Said, She Said with Ken & Mary Jo.
Plus he parlayed his talents through the years through 15 best selling cook books, a career in radio as the morning show co-host of  What’s for Breakfast with Ken and Mary Jo on PROUD FM and represented many cooking and kitchen products including regular spots on the Shopping Channel and recently representing gourmet products such as the new Ice Syrup and The Garlic Box. 
“Ken’s path and mine crossed many times, at Food Network Canada, Proud FM and Christmas in November at Jasper Park Lodge,” said cookbook author and Sun columnist Elizabeth Baird. “He always had a most generous spirit. Such a gentleman.”  
“What a shock,” said Alison Fryer of the Cookbook Store, where Ken had many a book signing, and just loved to come in and talk shop. “What a lovely man, very engaging...we’ve lost someone who was really good to the food community.”
Ken came from an eclectic background. 
A graduate from the University of Manitoba, Ken had several successful careers before becoming a household name, among them a flight attendant and trainer for Air Canada, as a model scout and agent for several prestigious international agencies and as an owner of a modelling agency himself.
“Being very proud of his baby blue eyes, Ken left his eyes as a gift through the Gift of Life,” said Cabrera, adding a private celebration of Ken’s life will be scheduled at a later date. 
I recall meeting Ken on a number of occasions and he was always the consummate pro with the best sense of humour. And patience — we were participating in a black box food competition several years ago and he patiently and with the friendliest manner helped create this lovely soup for the event. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Ken’s behalf to his two favourite charities:  K9 Rescue Me a charity that supports canine rescue and Hospice Toronto a charity Ken intended to be a volunteer for before falling ill. Check out Canadahelps.org
“Ken will be truly missed, but his memory and legacy will continue forever,” said Cabrera.
via [torontosun]

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