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Chef Jacob dies of heart attack in Chennai

Chennai, Nov 6 (): Popular chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni, famously known as Chef Jacob passed away on Sunday of heart attack at the Apollo First Med Hospital, in Chennai.

Chef Jacob was 38 and he was the host of Aaha Enna Rusi, a popular cookery show of Sun TV. Also, he was a successful restaurateur. His restaurant is named as “Chef Jacob’s Kitchen”. In 2010, he created Guinness record for the world’s longest barbeque marathon by cooking outdoors, for 24 hours and 5 minutes.

Jacob was a resident of Anna Nagar and a bachelor. He is famous for exploring the south Indian cuisine. He was born in a doctor family; he had passion towards cooking from his mother, Vimala Aruni, principal of C S I Jeyaraj Annapackiam College of nursing, Madurai.

He started cooking from the age of 14. He soon got his mother’s cooking style. His passion toward cooking started growing, which led him to study a degree in catering after finishing his bachelor’s degree in Physics in American College, Madurai. He did his advance course in cooking in SNR & Sons College, Coimbatore.

Jacob did research on the cuisines of Sangam era – the food habits of people who lived between the 3rd and 16th century through numerous primary sources. He served as the Director of Catering Department in the Sankara College of Science and Commerce in Coimbatore.

Through his TV cookery show, Aaha Enna Rusi, he was well-known for exploring unfamiliar locations and demonstrating his recipes in those locations.

In his Guinness Record for the longest individual barbecue cooking marathon, Jacob cooked up a total number of 485 dishes, which included 150 non-vegetarian dishes at Radisson Temple Bay, Chennai, India on 14–15 March 2010.

His restaurant, “Chef Jacob’s Kitchen” in Chennai, mainly focusses on the traditional south Indian flavours. The restaurant opened to much critical and commercial success.