Newport Mourns Loss Of Champion Chef

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The Newport restaurant community is shocked at the sudden loss of one of its most promising prospects.

It’s always an unnerving to watch news of someone’s death spread through Facebook, especially when it’s completely unexpected. There’s an uneasy mismatch between those who know what happened and feel the need to say something¬†about their lost friend, while trying to respect their privacy and those who are about to get this shocking news through these respectfully vague comments.

This afternoon, we watched this happen for Chef Tim McGrath, an amazing talent who we profiled when he was guest chefing at The Revolving Door Restaurant. Tim had won the very first season of Battle Chefs in a finale against Tallulah on Thames’ Jake Rojas that was so close, it featured an overtime round. After that performance, it was little surprise that McGrath would be invited to guest chef at the Revolving Door. He also served as a judge in the latest season of Battle Chefs.

Chef McGrath finished his tenure at The Revolving Door and was immediately scooped up by Stoneacre Pantry. Eventually his time was split between Stoneacre and their new endeavor at Larusso’s, just down the street at Wellington Square.

Watching the outpouring of grief by Tim McGrath’s friends, it’s clear that he was a man who was loved by so many. The world will be a less tasty place without him.

RIP Tim.

Here are the details from his official obituary:

Timothy S. McGrath, 33, of Tiverton, RI, formerly of Mattapoisett, passed away unexpectedly August 5, 2016.
Born in Wareham, the son of Kelly M. Johnson and her husband James of Mattapoisett and Russell Marot of Coral Springs, FL, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
Tim was an accomplished and award winning chef employed at several RI area restaurants, most recently at Stone Acre Pantry in Newport.
He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, class of 2001, where he played hockey and baseball. Tim also attended Johnson & Wales University and studied Culinary Arts. Tim was also an avid New England area sports fan, noteably the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins.
Survivors include his parents; his daughter, Rylee Shea McGrath and son Colin T. McGrath and their mother Jaime Peninne, all of North Providence; his close friend, Monica Lozano of Rocky Hill, CT; a brother, Ryan McGrath of Mattapoisett; a sister, Jillian McGrath of Mattapoisett; 3 aunts, Tracy McGrath of Tiverton, Laurie Buler and her husband George of Rochester and Karen Kilroy of Portsmouth, RI; his uncle, John McGrath of Rochester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was the grandson of the late Colin “Terry” McGrath with whom he shared a life long passion for fishing. Tim was most passionate about his children, extended family and friends, fishing and cooking. Tim will be surely missed by all who where blessed to know him.

Visiting hours are Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. A reception will follow at an undetermined location following the visiting hours. For directions and guestbook, please visit

-Tristan Pinnock

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?