Cesar Chavez, the Mexican-born restaurant owner who founded a chain of California-style restaurants called Rancho Cesar, died on Thursday.
He was 84.
He also was the namesake of the California-inspired chain of restaurants.
Cesar Chavez died Thursday in Rancho cesar, Calif., after a short illness.
His son, Jorge Chavez, said the cause was congestive heart failure.
Chavez died in Ranchos hometown of Santa Rosa.
His wife, Maria, died of lung cancer in 2006.
Chavez opened the first Cesar restaurant in San Francisco in 1952 and was a leader of the restaurant industry for decades.
He is credited with starting Rancho’s chain of eateries and for establishing the idea that Mexican-American customers would be treated as customers of their own culture.
Chaves legacy also includes his work on a national television show, the Culinary Apprentice, which ran for 16 years and was the longest-running culinary competition in the United States.
In 2017, the show’s final episode aired.
In 2014, he was named to the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun Order of Honor.
He received a Silver Star, the highest decoration given to a serviceman in the U.S. military.
In 2016, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2006, he announced he was taking a leave of absence to take care of a family member.