Renowned New York chef Michael Ginor is no more. Learn about his death cause, family, net worth, and more.
The award-winning chef, restaurateur, and writer was best known for launching the Long Island Mediterranean restaurant Lola and the Hudson Valley Foie Gras.
Throughout their operations, his ventures won several awards and accolades for their fine product.
The New York Times reviewer Joanne Starkey claimed that he had never tasted better foie gras than the “melt-in-your-mouth version” at Lola.
Michael Ginor Death Cause And Obituary
Pix11 reports that Michael Ginor died from a heart attack during an Ironman cooking competition in Israel.
He reportedly suffered the attack on November 25 during the 70-mile “Galileo by the Sea” race that included running, cycling, and swimming.
On November 28, Ginor’s death was announced on his Instagram . We regret to inform you of Michael Ginor’s passing, the caption of the picture said.
It also mentioned that Michael was a loving Father, grandfather, husband, friend, mentor, visionary, and more.
Prominent personalities in the food world, including David Burke, Adam Richman, and Rocco DiSpirito, also mourned the death of Ginor.
Likewise, Lola co-owner and friend Lenny Messina said that Michael would be remembered as a passionate, generous, fine-food artist with a keen sense of business.
Learn About Michael Ginor Family
Per his Hudson Valley Foie Gras bio, Michael Aeyal Ginor was born in Seattle, Washington, United States, to his Israeli expatriate parents.
Born on September 3, 1963, he was 59 at death. He resided in Great Neck, New York, with his wife Laurie and their three children: sons Yonatan & Jordan and daughter Maya.
Michael also had a brother named Natti and lived in Israel during his youth. He later attained higher education in the United States.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and master’s degree (MBA) from New York University.
Interestingly, Ginor still needs to start his career in the food world. His first job was with David Lerner Associates on Wall Street. He became vice president but left the Company after four years.
From there, he returned to Israel to serve in the country’s defense forces. During his time, he discovered Israeli cuisine and the production methods for top-quality foie gras that would inspire his future endeavors.
When Ginor returned to the United States, he started Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a New York farm producing the controversial fatty livers from geese and ducks.
What Was Michael Ginor Net Worth At Death?
There is no mention of Michael Ginor’s net worth online. Given his versatile career as a chef, restauranteur, and writer, we can assume he was doing financially well.
Ginor’s Mediterranean restaurant Lola is considered one of Long Island’s best dining experiences. It has received top ratings from Newsday and New York Times.
In 2011, Ginor was a nominee for the People’s Award for Top Ten Chefs in New York by Food & Wine magazine, and he also received the Silver Spoon Award by Food Art.
Ginor was also the co-founder and chef of Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG), the farm which won the Award for Excellence from the James Beard Foundation in 1996.
Besides, he was honored with the 1997 Angel Award from the same foundation and the 1998 award for “American Master Taster” from the American Tasting Institute.
Moreover, Ginor was a writer and food and travel contributor to publications like James Beard Magazine, Food Arts Magazine, Singapore’s Cuisine Scene, and Great Britain’s Great Hospitality.
His comprehensive reference cookbook Foie Gras…A Passion including 84 recipes became globally acclaimed.
Additionally, Ginor was a philanthropist and advocate. Long Island Press states that he was a regular donor to Autism Speaks, City Harvest, and the Anthony Spinazzola Foundation.