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Celeb chef Anthony Sedlak dies at 29

Anthony Sedlak, the Vancouver chef best known as the host of The Main on Food Network Canada, has died at the age of 29 of a previously undiagnosed medical condition. Sedlak’s body was found in his North Vancouver apartment on Friday evening, although the precise nature of his illness has not been disclosed. The young chef had recently been spending much of his time in Toronto preparing for the official relaunch of the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites, whose food service program he signed on to overhaul. The notice of Sedlak’s death comes on the heels of the passing of Dan DeMatteis, the well-loved executive chef at Café Belong who was only a few years older than Sedlak.

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Food Network star Anthony Sedlak consulting on new hotel restaurant in Toronto

Sedlak at The American Cheesesteak Co. (Image: Sedlak)

Hidden away on Wynford Drive, at Eglinton and the DVP, the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites is undergoing a $4-million transformation, which includes a food service overhaul courtesy of Food Network Canada star Anthony Sedlak, of The Main. Allied Hotel Properties, which bought the property in 1998, has joined forces with Atira Hotels of Chicago to re-brand the 353-room hotel as “the city’s first urban resort.”

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