Gray Kunz was born on November 8, 1966, and from Switzerland. He was a Singaporian-born Swiss restaurateur, chef, and cookbook writer based in New York. On March 6th, 2020, he passed away and this news was confirmed on the website of Cafe Gray Deluxe.
The Website Upperhouse wrote, “We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Gray Kunz.”
Later, the website wrote “In a career that spanned more than four decades over three continents, he was revered as the Chefs’ Chef. His contribution to Swire Hotels, and the wider culinary world, is immeasurable. More than ten years of collaboration on Café Gray Deluxe in Hong Kong, and later in Shanghai, further strengthened both our friendship and respect. Gray was an integral part of the success not only of The Upper House and The Middle House but of Swire Hotels as a whole.”
“The thoughts and prayers of his Swire Hotels family and team are with his loved ones during this time.”
During his illustrious career, Kunz operated Cafe Gray in the Time Warner building in New York City between 2004 and 2008. in 2009, Kunz opened Cafe Gray in Hong Kong. More recently, Kunz opened Salt & Clar in 2016 before leaving the restaurant the same year.
Kunz spent his early childhood in Singapore, which influenced his fusion style of cooking later in his life and 2001, he co-authoring the book, The Elements of Taste, added yet another layer to the sophistication of the Gray Kunz brand. The book created its cult following by imaginatively arranging recipes by 14 basic tastes rather than by course or primary ingredient.
Kunz opened and closed a few restaurants in New York City which include a version of Cafe Gray that ran for four years at the Time Warner Center before moving back to Hong Kong. He also briefly returned to the states in 2016 to open Salt & Char, an American steakhouse in Saratoga Springs.
Additionally, he has won many awards such as Best American Chef and Best Chef in New York City, both awarded by the James Beard Foundation. Away from the kitchen, Kunz was an enthusiastic pilot, flying a two-seater plane.
How old is Gray Kunz? He was born on November 8, 1966, and from Switzerland and he is 54 years old as of 2020. He received his culinary education in Bern, Switzerland and his mother contributed to his more artistic side.
He is survived by his wife Nicole and two children.