Australian Chef Kerby Craig Unexpectedly Dies at Age 38

A celebrated Aussie chef who had worked in Michelin star restaurants throughout the United Kingdom and Canada has died. He was only 38.

Kerby Craig unexpectedly died on June 9, just days before the 10-year anniversary of launching his Japanese fusion burger chain, Ume.


‘Words can barely express our grief,’ a tribute posted to Ume’s Instagram account read.

‘He was driven and free-spirited, pursuing his goals with a determination very few people possess.’

Craig was a celebrated chef in the Sydney food scene and ran a successful Japanese burger chain with stores throughout the city.

He first launched his career at just 15 years old, when he dropped out of school and began working under famed Japanese-Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda.

After a stint in London honing his craft, Craig returned to Sydney and nabbed a job as head chef at Koi in Woolwich.

No Cause of Death Given

More than 95% of people aged 16 and over in Australia are fully vaccinated.

Craig was hopeful 2022 would be ‘his year’ after a tough two years enduring Covid lockdowns as a restaurant owner.

The 38-year-old had also just successfully overturned an assault conviction in 2021 after he was found to have attacked his girlfriend in a ‘jealous rage’.

Craig’s lawyers had cited the immense pressure of Covid and subsequent economic downturn in contributing to the one-off offense.

He demanded his girlfriend turn over her phone and accused her of having an affair when she did not do so.

At the time, the court heard Craig had ‘grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened self-harm’ moments before the incident took place.

The conviction was overturned but Craig was subject to a two-year community corrections order after the offending.

Australia has administered at least 57,756,454 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 113.9% of the country’s population.

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