The death of Scott McLeod, the chef at Alma de Cuba, was attributed to heart disease, according to the city medical examiner's office, which cited "natural causes."
Frantic co-workers found McLeod, 41, unresponsive in a locked restroom at the posh Latin restaurant near Rittenhouse Square during dinner service Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
McLeod was known as a friendly, heavily tattooed chef (and workout fiend) whose versatility got him raves in top-flight Latin kitchens (such as Pasion, Cuba Libre and Alma de Cuba).
He also won two bells from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan for his work at Denim Lounge, and had a turn as an owner of Fresca Superior, an ahead-of-its-time pizzeria on Walnut Street near 20th Street.