Celebrity Kiwi chef Ross Burden has died unexpectedly from an infection picked up following treatment for cancer.
An obituary in the New Zealand Herald says "after a life of adventure, Ross died peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on 17 July 2014".
The New Zealand Masterchef host and self-taught cook worked for several well-known clients, including Princess Anne and comedian Joan Collins.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a year ago.
He has been described as "a wonderful person" and "funny, charming and brilliant" on memorial page set up on the website Heaven Address.
"You lit up a room when you walked in; you sparkled your way through life and it has been such a pleasure to know you," one tribute says.
Another post reads: "What a huge loss for the world. I'll miss our lunches and fabulous chats, your wicked sense of humour, optimism and massive intellect."
A celebration of his life will be held at Maclaurin Chapel, Auckland University, 18 Princes St, Auckland on Wednesday at 11am.
A service will be held in Napier at a later time.