Chef Bobby Silva, a longtime representative of the local culinary community who recently took over as head chef at Sparrow + Wolf, has passed away.
According to a statement from the restaurant, Silva died unexpectedly on Tuesday evening.
Silva was from Southern California and moved to Las Vegas after high school.
After discovering a taste for sushi at Rick Moonens RM Seafood, he worked at SushiSamba in the Palazzo, Sake Rok in the park near the T-Mobile Arena, David Changs Momofuku and Hatsumi in Ferguson’s downtown. In 2013 he performed at Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Silva joined the Sparrow + Wolf team in January to focus on research and development.
Sparrow + Wolf owner Brain Howard wrote on Facebook on Friday: “Bobby came to our restaurant at one of the toughest times that a restaurant could be up and running. Constant pivots that evolve and reinvent. He gave our team a nice spirit and fresh air to breathe, his work ethic is like no other and he is a true technician in the kitchen. “
Several other chefs and members of the local culinary community have used social media to share memories of Silva, who is survived by two sons, Robert and Alex, and an extended family in Southern California. A GoFundMe page in support of funeral expenses and in support of Silva’s family is expected to be released shortly. Plans for a tribute are also discussed.
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