UPDATE: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect additional news.
Chef Anthony Sedlak, known as the host of Food Network Canada's The Main, was found dead in his Vancouver apartment this weekend, according to a press release on Marketwire. He was 29 years old.
Sedlak had worked all over the world, beginning in kitchens at age 14, moving on to the Vancouver Culinary College, and then trying a two-year stint at London's La Trompette.
The chef established himself as a force in the culinary world at a young age, representing Canada and winning silver at the World Junior Chef Challenge when he was 23, and taking on the title of Food Network's Superstar Chef Challenge later that year. His Food Network Canada show Family Cook Off just finished airing this spring.
Most recently, Sedlak had opened the American Cheesesteak Co. in Vancouver, and was working on revamping the Toronto Don Valley Hotel Suites food service offerings, as well as working with corporate accounts like Buick and Danone at public events.
His 50-pound weight loss in 2010 was attributed to a newfound passion for cycling, and he often contributed healthy recipes to websites.
Last year, Sedlak did not show for a beer and food tasting event in Ottawa, disappointing 300 fans without giving any explanation.
The cause of death was given as an undiagnosed medical condition, and a private funeral for family and friends will be held in Vancouver.
"His unexpected and sudden death has devastated his family, friends and the culinary community," the release said.
In a statement on their website, Food Network Canada noted that Sedlak had a "vivacious spirit and fervor for cooking and it was our privilege to have worked with him. His passing is a terrible loss and he will be sadly missed by all of us at Food Network."
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