Kitchen explosion kills chef


An alleged gas leak that led to a kitchen explosion claimed the life of former Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino executive sous chef Ramoncito Apostol last Monday.

According to unofficial sources, a kitchen explosion at a bed-and-breakfast last Saturday morning sent Apostol, 54, to the Commonwealth Health Center where he was pronounced dead two days later.

Apostol allegedly died of intense burns all over his body.

Apostol was said to be the head chef of the unnamed bed-and-breakfast where he was employed before his passing.

Details about the incident have been sparse. The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services have yet to release any information about the events that occurred leading to Apostol’s death, but the explosion has already been reported in social media and a local television.

Apostol is survived by his three children: Golda, Joshua, and Mikaela Apostol.

A former colleague who has known Apostol for a long time described him a great friend and an equally better chef.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, Apostol, grew up in Caloocan City, Philippines and became the executive sous chef for Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino in February 2011. As executive sous chef, Apostol was in charge of TDHC’s seven outlets as well as about 87 employees.

Apostol worked his way up the culinary ladder at Tinian Dynasty. Apostol then ventured to Saipan and started his job as the chef at the bed-and-breakfast two years ago.

Apostol took up hotel and restaurant management at the University of the East in the Philippines. On his third year in college Apostol opted to receive hands-on training at the Hotel Nikko Manila Gardens. Three years later, Apostol packed up his bags to go to Tinian.

His specialties included the Italian dish osso buco and his own version of sweet and sour pork and lemon chicken.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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