CHICAGO (CBS) — Many are mourning the loss of a beloved Chicago chef who won over hearts around the world.

Judson Todd Allen died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was a finalist on “The Next Food Network Star” program. He recently opened the West Loop restaurant Taste 222 and released a cookbook earlier this year.

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He made a name for himself as “the architect of flavor” using unique spices to liven up healthy food options.

That method helped him lose 200 pounds almost a decade ago.

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Allen was 36.



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