Adiel Twito, 32 of Petah Tikva, was murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.
In the days after the assault, Twito was thought to be held captive in Gaza, since both her car and her cellphone were traced to there, but ultimately her body was found and she was buried in Petah Tikva on October 16.
She is survived by her parents, Yoram and Ilana, and siblings Liraz, Netanel, Aviran and Mor.
Twito, a private chef and a member of the LGBTQ community, was best known for being a finalist on the second season of Israel’s “My Kitchen Rules,” which aired in 2020.
Celebrity chief Haim Cohen, who served as a judge on the show and later worked with Twito, recalled her love for the culinary world.
“We met Adiel when she was in a good place in her life, she was happy, she loved working in the kitchen,” said Cohen. “She loved hosting people and we saw that in her approach to food and her generosity. She loved to cook for others and you could see that in her.”
Her sister, Liraz, told the Mako news site that Adiel was one-of-a-kind.
“All my sister did was good, she had a huge heart,” said Liraz. “She was warm, so good-hearted, because of this she was always surrounded by people who loved her so much. She was very beloved and not at all conventional. It’s important to me that we talk about her magic, how much she’s loved.”
Her friend Reut started a project in Adiel’s name, selling aprons for NIS 50 with a drawing of the late chef and the proceeds going toward refurbishing and renovating the destroyed kibbutz dining hall in Be’eri: “The kitchen was Adiel’s entire world, days and nights she would be found there, through cooking she expressed herself.”
Her close friend, Tali Moas, wrote on Instagram a month after Adiel’s death that she still couldn’t come to terms with the loss. She said that she had no idea why Twito was attending the rave, which wasn’t generally her scene, “and I will probably never know.”
“How big and wide your heart was — and it’s not just more nice words, it was so true about you,” wrote Moas. “How much you always only wanted to help and give, and even when you had bad points in life, you would always put yourself aside and try to help.”
Moas wrote that “what I loved most about you was your joy for life and the lightheartnedess that was in you — thank you for all my incredible experiences with you in Israel and abroad. Thank you for the crazy amounts of the tastiest food I’ve eaten — especially the fish you made on Fridays, which you would always make because you knew how much I looked forward to it. Now I need to be strong because I have an important job — to memorialize you exactly how you would want and exactly how you deserve.”