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Michelin-starred chef found dead of apparent suicide

  • Chef Homaro Cantu posed for a photo at his restaurant Moto in Chicago in Nov. 2013. (Chandler West/Sun-Times Media via AP)

CHICAGO » Chef Homaro Cantu, who artfully blended science and fine dining at his Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, has died.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a suicide, saying he hanged himself.

Cantu’s body was found Tuesday in a building on the city’s northwest side where he had planned to open a brewery by this summer.

The 38-year-old Cantu was one of Chicago’s most renowned chefs. He turned cooking into alchemy through his playful and surprising brand of molecular gastronomy at Moto, the restaurant he led in the city’s West Loop neighborhood. Customers dined on edible menus, carbonated fruit and a fish preparation that was cooked in a tabletop polymer box, among other foods.

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