Chef Miguel Ravago at Fonda San Miguel, which he opened with Tom Gilliland in 1975. (Credit: Tracey Maurer)

Fonda San Miguel co-founder and chef Miguel Ravago died over the weekend at age 72. The Phoenix native was a beloved figure in the Austin community, and, after hearing the news, many took to social media to share their fond memories of the chef. The posts below amplify the words shared by Jeffrey’s co-founder Ron Weiss, longtime Austin food writer Kitty Crider and El Naranjo chef-owner Iliana de la Vega in the story that ran over the weekend. A celebration of Ravago’s life will be held at Fonda San Miguel on July 2 at 5:30 p.m., following Fonda’s Hacienda Sunday Buffet service.

For the better, this man changed restaurant culture in Austin in the early 70s. RIP, Miguel Ravago. @FondaAustin

— MM Pack (@mmpackeatwrite) June 26, 2017

So sad to hear that the legendary Chef Miguel Ravago, the co-founder of the nationally famous Fonda San Miguel inhas passed away at age 72.

— Rob Balon (@RobBalon) June 26, 2017

So sad to hear of the passing of Miguel Ravago (left), co-founder of Fonda San Miguel. Great man, friend & chef. RIP #MiguelRavago.

— Ron Oliveira (@RonOliveiraPR) June 25, 2017

RIP Chef, thank you for the amazing meals and culture.

— C.K. Chin (@seekaychin) June 25, 2017

@FondaAustin my heart goes out to the entire Fonda family on hearing of the passing of the incomparable Miguel Ravago! Love & light to all!

— Blair Fowler (@bbeatstx) June 25, 2017

He will be missed! Fonda San Miguel chef and co-founder Miguel Ravago has died

— AIDS Services Austin (@asaustin) June 26, 2017