Sedlak. (Food Network Canada)
Food Network Canada star chef Anthony Sedlak has died at the age of 29 from "an undiagnosed medical condition," the network announced today.
The chef's body was discovered Friday in his Vancouver, B.C., apartment at about 7 p.m., said a press release reprinted by the Ottawa Citizen.
Sedlak was best known for hosting Food Network Canada's "The Main" and writing a national best-selling book by the same name. More recently, he served as judge on "Family Cook Off." Sedlak co-opened the American Cheesesteak Company in Vancouver earlier this year, but had recently been spending time in Toronto, refurbishing the restaurant and room service menus at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites.
Sedlak's last Twitter message was a June 25 Instagram photo of the staff at the American Cheesesteak Company. He appeared to be having a carefree summer. He posted a series of photos of himself on June 21 frolicking in the sun with friends, along with the message, "Summertime and the living's easy."
It was a change from the less rosy time Sedlak appeared to have late last year. In November, he failed to show up at the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. Fifty out of 300 paying fans reportedly asked for refunds to food and beer demonstration, despite another chef stepping in.
"Fest organizers unable to reach Sedlak after no-show last nite + today," journalist Ron Eade tweeted at the time. "Are concerned 4 his health and-or safety."
Sedlak made it up to his Ottawa fans a couple of months later, attending January's Zantac Chili Challenge to promote the antiheartburn medication.
Sedlak was also scheduled to attend the Great Island Grilled Cheese Challenge at P.E.I.'s Fall Flavours event Sept. 23, which he promoted in a recent video (see below).
Sedlak's family is planning a private funeral in Vancouver.
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