Jessica Vogel, who is best known as Hell’s Kitchen contestant, has died on Monday, July 30, in New Jersey, multiple sources have confirmed. She was 34.
The late chef’s fiancé, John Michael Keyser, told NorthJersey.com that “her heart gave out” while Jessica was being treated at a local hospital for colitis (a disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.)
He said, "We were planning to open a restaurant together. My heart is breaking."
Jessica, who studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, started her career with the kitchen of Kevin’s Thyme in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. Later she became a pastry chef at Grange in Westwood and Christine Nunn’s Picnic on the Square in Ridgewood.
She then worked at Black Rebel Burger in Hackensack as an executive chef. There she worked from March 2016 until the restaurant closed its doors the following February.
The foodie was best known for her appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Fox reality series in early 2014. She finished in 12th place. At the time, she lived in California and worked at a creperie and bakery.
Jessica's obituary on Legacy.com read, "When she set her mind on something there was no way to stop her. Jessica was fearless when it came to work, never backing down from a challenge."
The late chef's family said in a statement that she had battled issues with alcohol and drugs over the years.
The statement reads,
She recently committed to living a better life and had graduated from an inpatient rehabilitation program with hopes of regaining control of her life. Unfortunately, the damage done over the years was too great and she died, like she lived, a fighter.
Jessica is survived by her parents, Mark Vogel and Donna Bruchmann, and her sister, Caitlin Johnstone.