If you are a food lover, an @latimes
reader, or working in the food service industry — from the celebrity chef to the scullion and everyone in between, the sad news Saturday had to hit you hard in the gut.
, the #LATimes
writer who is the first and only #foodcritic
to win the #PulitzerPrize
, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early July 2018, so his death was rapid and shocking.
As a journalist in LA, I had tremendous admiration for him and what he had accomplished in print. He’s arguably the most visible food critic, especially after winning the Pulitzer, then returning to the Times where he became a franchise. He made his #JonathanGolds101
guides a fun scavenger hunt to find and eat at #SouthernCalifornia
’s most-watchable restaurants. He curated the Food Bowl and night market at Grand Park. He led the Taste events.
I didn’t get to work with him side by side, unfortunately, but I did meet him on three occasions.
The first time was when he was the headline speaker and honoree at the June 2014 #V3Con
hosted by @aaja_la.
He shared his insights on food and music — he was also an influential music critic — and I had a chance to talk to him about his craft after the session.
I saw him again just two months ago, in the photo shown, where I was working and meeting a colleague for lunch. He stopped in at one of his 101, at the #GrandCentralMarket
, for a cup of @gandbcoffee.
It was nice to say hello again. A week later, I saw him looking in on his Night Market and meeting vendors and participants.
-30- to a food icon. Rest In peace, good sir.