Antonia Lofaso, a renowned celebrity chef, had to go through the loss of her husband’s death in 2011. The saddening demise of her husband, Heavy D, left her responsible for looking after her and Heavy D’s daughter, Xea Myers, as a single parent.
Lofaso’s Husband’s Death
Heavy D was an American rapper, singer, and actor, also the former leader of a group Heavy D & the Boyz, who tragically passed away on Nov 8, 2011, at the age of forty-four.
As the Guardian reported, the Jamaican-born rapper died of pulmonary embolism, which causes blockage in the lung’s pulmonary arteries.
He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he collapsed in front of his home in California. But, his condition had significantly worsened while at the hospital, and he took his last breath in the hospital bed.
Several recognized artists such as Jay-Z, Will Smith, Usher, and many more attended his funeral. Saddened by his death, many artists flooded Twitter with heavyhearted condolences on his demise.
We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world.MC Hammer tweeted,
Lofaso’s Life After her Husband’s Death And Raising Her Daughter
With the rapper’s death, Lofaso’s life flipped upside down with the challenge of raising their daughter all by herself. The two had a daughter, Xea Myers, in 2000.
The chef prioritized her child and career and did not remarry. Lofaso handled the loss with strength and did everything she could to give her daughter a fulfilling life, and at the same time managed to achieve milestones in her career.
Despite being a daughter of celebrity parents, Xea has been out of the limelight and maintained her privacy. However, she is present on her social media, where she shares her casual pictures and often shows how much she misses her father through her Instagram posts.
Lofaso’s Passion For Culinary and Her Net Worth
Lofaso’s dedication and love for food have been from her young age. Pursuing the path of culinary, she attained New York’s French Culinary Institute. Initially, she got an opportunity to work as a manager at the rapper Sean Comb’s restaurant.
Moving forward, she became a chef at L.A.’s Spago and Foxtail. Now, Lofaso co-owns restaurants such as Black market liquor bar, Scopa Italian Roots, and DAMA, all situated in L.A.
The chef made her first television debut in 2008 when she participated in the fourth season of Top Chef, where she landed on the fourth position. She simultaneously appeared in following Top Chef shows and acquired third place in Top Chef: All-stars, and won the title ‘Duel’ in Top Chef Duels.
Her TV career didn’t end there. The celebrity chef went on to become a judge on Cutthroat Kitchen, a Food Network’s show. Talking with Diced, the chef said that she got the opportunity to enhance her craft through her TV career, coming across with notable chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, and Daniel Boulud.
Motivated to win many hearts through her delicious cuisine, the chef believes in simple food from the heart with elegant execution.
As a result of her diligent work, the chef has accumulated a net worth of around 2.5 million dollars as per the source.