What’s For Dinner? co-host Ken Kostick dies at 57

What’s For Dinner? co-host Ken Kostick dies at 57

Chef and television personality Ken Kostick passed away in Toronto on Thursday following complications from acute pancreatitis. Born in 1953, Kostick started in television when a friend suggested he pitch a show about cooking and entertaining. The result was the Gemini Award-nominated CBC show What’s For Dinner that ran for more than 600 episodes.

Kostick shared the screen with co-host Mary Jo Eustace, and the two developed a trademark banter that earned them a cult following. Kostick and Eustace worked together in years later on other lifestyle shows, including He Said, She Said with Ken and Mary Jo and as co-hosts of a morning show on 103.9 Proud-FM in Toronto.

“I just want everybody to know he was a fantastic person on TV and off,” Eustace told CBC. Eustace also said Kostick’s friends will be organizing a memorial in his honour. “Ken is not about seriousness. What we want to do is include all the food he loved, like perogies, and the people that he loved, to laugh and share a story about him.”

Kostick is survived by his partner Desi Cabrera.

• Cooking show celebrity Ken Kostick dies [CBC News]