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Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Family: Wife, Kids, Dad, Mom

Family of chef Howard “Howie” Kleinberg is heartbroken after losing the beloved chef unexpectedly. Howie’s mother confirmed to EOnline that he died of a heart attack. Learn more about the family he left behind in this article.

Learn about his family members. Their age, job, and current residence, we answer all below.

Who Are Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Family Members?

Howie Kleinberg who was the star of “Top Chef” passed away over the weekend. She told Miami Herald, “I am just finding out how many lives he touched,” she said of her son, who owned and ran Bulldog Barbecue in North Miami for 10 years.”.

His funeral was held on Tuesday morning surrounded by his family and friends. Along with his immediate family, his Top Chef family was also saddened to learn about his untimely passing. Howie appeared on the show in season 3 after  Terry Zarikian, culinary director of the South Beach food festival, recommended him for the Bravo cooking competition series. He finished the show in seventh before getting eliminated.

“The Top Chef family is saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three,” Bravo said in a statement. “Howie’s passion for cooking filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends”.

Four months before the unprecedented event, Howie had started working at the Coconut Grove, Florida, restaurant the Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill as an executive chef. “We at Peacock Garden are saddened by the passing of chef Howie Kleinberg,” the restaurant said in a statement. “Howie was a valued member of our team and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family”.

Howie worked to promote charitable organizations near and dear to his heart during his illustrious career as a chef, which started in the kitchen of the Hotel Intercontinental in Miami. He contributed to “Taste of the Nation,” which raises money to fight childhood hunger. In addition to owning a rescue dog named Skye at the time of his passing, he also campaigned to raise money for animal shelters.

Did Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Leave Behind A Wife?

No, late chef Howie Kleinberg was likely single at the time of his death. His Instagram account had over 800 posts but none of them hinted at him maintaining romantic relationships. Howie’s posts were either related to food, job, or his rescue dog, Skye.

Speaking to Miami Herald, his mother told, “He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking”.

Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Kids

To cut to the chase, no, Chef Howie Kleinberg didn’t leave behind any kids at the time of his passing.

Meet Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Dad, Ken Ratner

Kenneth “Ken” Ratner was the step-father of late chef Howie Kleinberg. Born in April 1948, Ken is 74 years old at the time of the death of his step-son.

Ken’s Facebook reveals that he had attended Sheepshead Bay High School.

Meet Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Mom, Susan Kleinberg

Susan Kleinberg is the mother of chef Howie Kleinberg. As of July 2022, Susan is 75 years old. She attended and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High in 1965. She completed her college education at the University of Miami in 1970.

After that, she attended the University of Miami, School of Law. She is currently working as an event planner at Special Events by Susan Kleinberg.

Susan was previously married to Howie’s father Howard Kleinberg who is currently 75 years old. The late chef’s father is a graduate of Great Neck North High School and worked at a local business named GLOW interactive. In the company, he served as the President, of Digital Communications.

Who Are Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Siblings?

On 26 July 2022, Amy Wildstein wrote on her Facebook, “Today we say goodbye to my brother, Howard Kleinberg. Here is the link to his funeral, for those who are unable to attend”. Chef Howie Kleinberg had one sister Amy Kleinberg Wildstein. Older than Howie by 3 years, Amy turned 49 years old in April 1973. Amy’s husband is William Wildstein. They married in November 2001. The married couple celebrated their 20th anniversary in November 2021.

Together they share three children; Whitney, Lindsey, and Phillip.

Amy formerly worked at the Jewish Federation of Broward County as Assistant Director of the March of the Living.

As for her husband, William owned Bulldog BBQ with Howard since 2008. Previously, he worked at

Related FAQs

  • Where Do Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Family Members Reside?

Most of the family members of chef Howie Kleinberg are living in Miami, Florida.

  • Is The Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Family Close?

Yes, the chef Howie Kleinberg’s family are close. Both his mother and his sister were proud of his achievements as a chef and boasted about him on their respective Facebook.

  • Who Are The Late Chef Howie Kleinberg Family Members Named On His Obituary?

On late chef Howie Kleinberg’s obituary, the family members mentioned were his mother Susan, step-father Ken Ratner, sister Amy, brother-in-law William, and Amy’s three children.

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