04/02/2013 08:44 EDT | Updated 06/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto chef came to Canada, built thriving soup business

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a popular Toronto chef who died suddenly over the Easter weekend.

Ravi Kanagarajah suffered a stroke and died on Good Friday. The father of four children was just 42-years-old.

Kanagarajah was the man behind Ravi Soups, three Toronto restaurants that share his name and serve his signature soup.

He came to Canada two decades ago, after his family fled civil war in Sri Lanka when he was a young man.

Kevin Gallagher, the co-owner of Mildred's Temple Kitchen, remembers hiring Kanagarajah to wash dishes when he first arrived in Canada.

But his talent in the kitchen quickly became apparent.

"He would take an ordinary soup and turn it into something quite different," Gallagher told CBC News.

Kanagarajah's surviving family says his legacy and love for soup will live on.

The restaurants will remain open and the late chef's brother, Suresh Kanagarajah, hopes to teach Ravi’s children the recipes their father perfected.

"He made the name through his food, so I have to keep that name — his sons, they can carry on his business as well," Suresh Kanagarajah told CBC News.