Jonathan Gold | 1960 – 2018
Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city’s vast culinary landscape, has died. He was 57.
Tell us how Jonathan Gold shaped your L.A. experience.
On what would have been Jonathan Gold’s 58th birthday, several buildings and monuments around Los Angeles were lit up in gold lights Saturday night to honor the late restaurant critic.
Los Angeles is a very difficult place to understand.
There were nights when -- no exaggeration -- no customers walked through the doors of Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s Night+Market in West Hollywood.
He was a trained cellist with a background in composition and conducting, a defender of the worst heavy metal bands L.A. had to offer and often credited, or blamed, for inventing the term “gangsta rap.”
Perhaps no one knew the restaurant scene in Los Angeles quite as well as our own restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold.
My earliest memory of Jonathan Gold involves stalking him.
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold died Saturday after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.
Much will be written about Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold in the coming days — about his talent at finding the best food in Southern California, even if it was hiding in a nondescript strip mall or a truck; about how a Jewish kid became the unlikely chronicler of immigrant L.A. by reporting on their cuisines; about the loyal readers who flooded restaurants after Gold praised them; about a prose style so vivid that he remains the only food columnist ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
Few things truly connect our sprawling metropolis: the freeways, The Times and without a doubt, Jonathan Gold, who transcended the role of restaurant critic to become a modern-day ethnographer.
Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city’s vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died.