Kerby Craig, a well-known chef in Sydney and the founder of the legendary burger joint Ume Burger, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 38.
Before beginning his own Japanese fusion restaurant in Australia, Craig gained experience in restaurants with Michelin stars in the United Kingdom and Canada.
The upsetting news was shared on Ume’s various social media platforms.
“With deep sorrow, we announce the unexpected passing of our founder, our dearest son and brother, mentor and friend, Kerby Craig,” the post read.
“Words can barely express our grief. Today, as we celebrate his life well lived we also acknowledge the 10 year anniversary of the Ume brand established by Kerby in 2012 with a much loved fine dining Japanese restaurant.
“Kerby strived to live out his passions and worked tirelessly to make Ume what it is today, bringing joy and fun to people through good food. He was driven and free-spirited, pursuing his goals with a determination very few people possess.”