It hasn’t been the brightest month for Chicago’s chefs and bartenders. A couple weeks back, Chicago was hit with the death of chef Charlie Trotter, and now, according to Eater, the mixologist Jason Cevallos has also passed away.
Cevallos died in Asia this past weekend due to salmonella poisoning complications. He was only 35 years old.
At such a young age, he accomplished so much. He was part of a team that won the James Beard award for Outstanding Bar Program. Cevallos previously worked at Brasserie Jo, Perennial, 33 Club, and Folklore. His most recent job was a sous chef for the cocktail programs at The Office and The Aviary.
Salmonella is a food poisoning that is can be contracted by not washing your hands after dealing with feces, and after touching reptiles and small rodents. Foods such as beef, poultry, milk, and eggs have the highest risk for infection. Symptoms include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
About 40,000 Americans contract the disease annually, and out of those, only 30 of those end up passing away. Unfortunately, Cevallos was one of them.
There’s no doubt that he made his mark in history, and without a doubt Cevallos will be missed.