He was known as the “firehouse chef,” after he appeared on celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s television show “Throwdown.” When he wasn’t in the kitchen, Freeport High School alumnus Keith Young, 53, was a New York City firefighter until 2016, when he retired. He died on March 17 of synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer he developed after being a first responder to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
After graduating from Freeport High, Young earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He joined the FDNY in 1998. He was also a Freeport volunteer firefighter — and a talented chef. He won three Food Network competitions, on the shows “Chopped” and “Throwdown.”
According to Young’s oldest daughter, Kaley, 24, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, and his nicknames for everyone he met. “Dad used to call me Kaber,” she said. “Everyone he met, he made laugh.”