Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dead at 57

Jonathan Gold, from the film ” CITY OF GOLD” poses on the L.A. Occasions photograph & video studio on the Sundance Movie Competition, in Park Metropolis, Utah in 2015.

The Los Angeles Occasions , the place Gold most lately labored, reported that he died Saturday after being recognized earlier this month with pancreatic most cancers.

“I can not think about town with out him. It simply feels fallacious. I really feel like we cannot have our information, we cannot have the soul,” mentioned Laura Gabbert, who directed “Metropolis of Gold,” a 2015 documentary concerning the critic. “It is such a loss. I can not wrap my head round it nonetheless.”


Gold’s opinions first appeared in L.A. Weekly and later in The Occasions and Gourmand. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 whereas at L.A. Weekly. He was a finalist once more in 2011.

“There’ll by no means be one other like Jonathan Gold, who will without end be our good, indispensable information by means of the culinary paradise that’s Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned in a press release. “Jonathan earned worldwide acclaim as a meals critic, however he possessed the soul of a poet whose phrases helped readers in all places perceive the historical past and tradition of our metropolis.”

Gold additionally received quite a few James Beard Basis journalism awards throughout this profession.

The Occasions famous Gold’s opinions, showing in his column known as Counter Intelligence, centered on “hole-in-the-wall joints, road meals, mom-and-pop retailers and ethnic eating places,” which he most well-liked to name conventional eating places.

Often known as J. Gold, he had a particular fashion, carrying suspenders, a barely rumpled button-down shirt, moustache and mop of feathery strawberry blond hair.

Ruth Reichl, who edited Gold at The Occasions and at Gourmand, known as him a trailblazer.

“Jonathan understood that meals could possibly be an influence for bringing a group collectively, for understanding different folks,” she informed the newspaper. “Within the early ’80s, nobody else was there. He was a trailblazer and he actually did change the way in which that all of us write about meals.”


Gold additionally received quite a few James Beard Basis journalism awards throughout this profession. In Might, he acquired the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Evaluate Award.

His opinions have been compiled right into a e-book, “Counter Intelligence: The place to Eat within the Actual Los Angeles,” in 2000.

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