Over the phone with the Current, Balfour stressed how passionate Escamilla was about being in the kitchen. The cook often manned Southerleigh's chef's table.
"I have never known a friend that was more enthusiastic than you Ruben. You had the heart of 20 guys. You wanted to be in the kitchen more than anyone I ever have known. You never ever gave up and had more pride than anyone. You inspired me to do better, to want more and to give more. There are not enough words, there just aren't. Rest In Peace. I'll always love and admire you."
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