Jonathan Gold Bio
|Jonathan Gold was born on 28 July 1960 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. and died on 21 July 2018. He was an American food critic. He wrote for the Los Angeles Times and had previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet, as well as being a regular on KCRW’s Good Food radio program. Gold often chose small, ethnic restaurants for his reviews, although he covered all types of cuisine. In 2007, he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.|
|Born||July 28, 1960 Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Died||July 21, 2018 Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Age||He died at the age of 57 years|
|Cause of Death||Pancreatic Cancer|
|Wife||Laurie Ochoa (m. 1990) – a former editor-in-chief of the LA Weekly|
|Children||Gold and Laurie had two children, Isabel 23 years old and Leon 15 years old|
|Brother||Mark Gold was the long-time president of the Santa Monica-based non-profit organization Heal the Bay and is now the associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability|
|Awards||2007 Pulitzer Prize|
|Awards||2007 Pulitzer Prize|
Jonathan Gold Biography, Career
Gold began working at the LA Weekly in 1982 as an editor while he was studying art and music and music at UCLA, and by the mid-1980s became one of the paper’s most prominent writers. He was a music editorial manager for the Weekly in the 1980s and held different positions with the paper. With the encouragement of Weekly founder Jay Levin, he began his Counter Intelligence section in 1986 as a way of exploring Los Angeles‘ ethnic neighborhoods, places that often go underreported in other papers. He took the segment to the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 1996, while additionally writing reviews of high-end places for California and Los Angeles magazines, and also music stories for Blender, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Details. In 1999, he left Los Angeles to become the New York City eatery critic for Gourmet and was the first food writer to be regarded as a National Magazine Award finalist in feedback by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
In 2001, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he revived Counter Intelligence for the Weekly while still writing for Gourmet. Gold became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize in 2007; for “his zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater.”
Gold’s work is profiled in the 2015 narrative film City of Gold, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
A documentary of Jonathan Gold
In 2012, Gold came back to the Los Angeles Times.
Jonathan Gold Death
Gold died of pancreatic cancer at St. Vincent Medical Center on Saturday evening 21 July, 2018, according to his wife, Times arts and entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa. The disease was diagnosed in early July 2018. He died at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife Laurie Ochoa and two children Isabel 23 years old and Leon 15 years old.
Reaction on Twitter
Jonathan Gold is dead. Pancreatic cancer, 57. Stunned. Need to gather my thoughts on this one—FUCK…
— GustavoArellano (@GustavoArellano) July 22, 2018
— RichSC (@OriginalRichSC) July 22, 2018
yesterday I had lunch alone at Zankou Chicken, where a Gold quote about the garlic sauce is posted on the wall, and was thinking about how Zankou and Jonathan Gold are exactly what LA means to me
— Molly Lambert 🎷 (@mollylambert) July 22, 2018