Kevin Copeland, Co-Owner of Chef & Kitchen, Passes Away

DALLAS-Kevin Copeland, the co-owner with his wife Beth of web-based Chef & Kitchen in Independence, Mo., passed away on March 16 at the age of 53, according to Gourmet Catalog. Gourmet Catalog did not disclose the cause of death.

After working for a number of Fortune 500 companies, Copeland started the online site Chef & Kitchen with his wife and had plans to open a brick-and-mortar store.

"A frequent attendee at industry events sponsored by Gourmet Catalog, Kevin exhibited a keen eye for product and had an inherent knack for making good marketing decisions for the web-based shop," said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog, of which Chef & Kitchen became a member in 2010. "He will be greatly missed by stores and vendors."

Chef & Kitchen will continue to operate under the guidance of his wife Beth.

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