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Renowned NKY Chef Avelino Rojas Vargas of Covington’s KungFood Chu restaurant has died

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Covington’s KungFood Chu restaurant has announced that its beloved Head Chef Avelino Rojas Vargas has died.

According to a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the chef, known as Avelino, died as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Here is the full statement from Kung Food Chu:

We are deeply saddened to announce that KungFood’s Head Chef Avelino Rojas Vargas lost his life last Sunday due to complications from COVID-19. We are shaken with grief and sorrow and would like to share a few words about him.

As a chef, Avelino cooked with a passion and soul that was connected by a deep understanding of what makes good food.  He was not a conceited chef; he’d roll up his sleeves and do many of the difficult chores most chefs would refuse to do. Over the decades that he worked in Cincinnati and NKY restaurants, thousands of people have had the privilege of tasting his cooking, including those of you reading this now.  We truly believe that if it were a different time, perhaps he would have received the recognition that many chefs of his background deserve.

One of the most exciting things about walking in the back door to work was finding out what Avelino decided to cook for the staff lunch.  You’d ask “What’s in that wok simmering over there, chef?”  But you knew it didn’t matter because it would be amazing. 

Avelino was not just a chef.  He was most importantly a dedicated son, husband, and father, and is survived by his loving wife, son, and four daughters. He loved his family and was their champion. Their lives will be irrevocably changed by his loss, and we ask for your kind words toward the Vargas family and the KungFood staff in the coming weeks.

As a business, we cannot alleviate the pain that so many people are feeling now, but we can relieve his family of some of the financial stress.  In the coming days, we will share more details of plans to raise money for the Vargas family’s expenses. As of right now, we will take the time to remember the quick-witted, charming, and talented person that Avelino was and wish all of the best to his loved ones who will forever miss him. 

Below is a link to the gofundme set up by his family.  If you have extra funds and have enjoyed Avelino’s cooking, please consider a donation.

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