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Carl Ruiz, What’s your favorite sandwich?

Written by Biggie on September 27, 2019

Carl Ruiz is one of my favorite chef’s. He has supported Deli Fresh Threads over the past few years and we can’t tell you enough and how much it meant to us when he would wear our shirts and hats and share the Deli Fresh Threads love on social media.

Anyone who interacted with him on social media became a friend to Carl.  He lived his life to the fullest and became best known for #Ruizing.

Carl was awesome and although I never met him, I felt like I was a friend.  Unfortunately Carl passed away in his sleep on Sept 21st.

The original plan was to post the blog below today. I am still posting it in honor of Carl. Carl, you will be missed! Thank you Carl.

Carl Ruiz favorite sandwich

Carl’s favorite sandwich is a Chap’s Pit Beef.  He also has a love for a good grilled cheese.

If you have watched Diners, Drive-In and Dives or Guy’s Grocery Game you may have seen The Cuban- Carl Ruiz!

If you follow him on Instagram (@SaborChef) you will see he is always #Ruizing – Living life to the fullest and enjoying good eats and drinks.

You will also see him working on menu items and preparing food for his new restaurant in NY – La Cubana.

Carl has been a big supporter of Deli Fresh Threads and we love seeing him wear our stuff whenever possible.

Did you know that for my birthday last year, Carl sent me a DM on IG with a picture of him filming for Food Network?  He wrote,  “Happy Birthday I wore your shirt on the Food Network show today. Don’t post it yet.” That was an incredible Birthday present!

Carl with Guy

I learned about Carl on Diners Drive-In and Dives where he had one of his restaurants featured. From there we saw him win the grand prize on Guy’s Grocery Games, in which 16 of the best chefs from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives were pitted against each other.

Since then he has also been featured on Guy’s Grocery Games as a judge as well as competing whenever possible.  The man knows his food and has killer style!

His Grilled Cheese Tip: On my grilled cheese sandwich I mix 50% margarine and 50% mayonnaise as the spread I put on the outside of the bread. This combination is absolutely unbeatable

He also recommends dipping your grilled cheese in mash potatoes and gravy

I’m such a big fan of Carl and had to introduce you to him if you have not seen him on my IG or seen me share his tweets.

Here are some other Carl Ruiz thoughts:

Check out this great interview he did with @RichardBlais– Starving for Attention with Richard Blais.


To read more about Carl and get a better idea of the guy he was – check out this great article written by Pete GenoveseThe late Food Network star Carl Ruiz was a Jersey Guy Through and through.  

We will miss you Carl.