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World-renowned and beloved chef Julius Russell has died

Chicago chef Julius Russell leaves behind a global community of food lovers
Chef Julius Russell (Photo courtesy of A Tale of Two Chefs)

Chef Julius Russell, a culinary virtuoso whose talent illuminated the palates and hearts of countless individuals, died on March 31 at 53. He leaves behind a legacy that transcends the boundaries of the kitchen.

Born Aug. 1, 1970, Russell’s journey began in his mother’s kitchen, where he discovered his passion for the culinary arts at a tender age. His insatiable curiosity and unwavering dedication propelled him into gastronomy, where he would carve his niche with unparalleled flair and innovation.


Chef Russell honed his skills at prestigious institutions including the New Orleans School of Cooking, where he immersed himself in the rich tapestry of Creole cuisine. He further refined his craft under the guidance of esteemed mentors such as Patrick Terrien at Le Cordon Bleu Academie d’Art Culinaire de Paris and Princess Marie Blanche de Broglie at La Cuisine Marie Blanche in Paris.

Throughout his illustrious career, Chef Russell’s culinary talents earned him numerous accolades and distinctions, including being named the Best Caterer in Chicago by Uptown Magazine in 2012. His culinary prowess was showcased on prominent stages such as the Taste of Chicago Main Stage from 2013 to 2018, where his innovative creations delighted audiences from around the world.


In addition to his culinary achievements, Chef Russell served as a Culinary Ambassador to Chile from 2013 to 2019, bridging cultures through the universal language of food. He also graced esteemed culinary events such as the Bon Appetite & Chicago Gourmet Festival in 2019, where his culinary expertise and infectious passion for food left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of experiencing his creations.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Chef Russell was revered for his generous spirit and unwavering commitment to the community. He dedicated his time and talents to charitable causes, using food as a medium to uplift and empower those in need.

Chef Russell’s legacy lives on through the countless lives he touched and the culinary heritage he enriched.

He is survived by his loving family, friends, and a global community of food enthusiasts who will forever cherish his memory.

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