La Plancha del Mar Chef Mike Prout Dies from Fall

Mike Prout, at left, with Jason Howard and Jonathan Fritz, owners of La Plancha del Mar, as the trio accepted the award of Best Dessert at St. John Flavors two years ago.

Mike Prout, chef and culinary mastermind at La Plancha del Mar, was found dead Thursday morning, July 7, at his Estate Enighed home.

Prout reportedly fell down a flight of stairs and likely broke his neck, according to emergency responders.

Prout left behind four-year-old son Parker and a wife Megan who is due with the couple’s second child in November. He opened La Plancha del Mar along with Jonathan Fritz and Jason Howard on the second floor of The Marketplace two years ago and last year moved the restaurant to Mongoose Junction.

Since moving to the second floor of Mongoose Junction, La Plancha del Mar — the top rated St. John restaurant on Trip Advisor — has drawn a loyal clientele who clamored for Prout’s inventive cuisine.

The trio also ran Black Sand Bistro in La Plancha’s old Marketplace location.

Donations for Prout’s family are being accepted by the St. John Revolving Fund. For more information about making a donation, call Cid Hamling at Connections at 776-6922.

Mike Prout with son Parker and wife Megan.