A restaurant critic who’s credited with making the complex culinary landscape of Los Angeles understandable and approachable to his readers has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jonathan Gold died Saturday evening at St. Vincent Medical Center of pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
Gold, who wrote for the L.A. Times, was reportedly diagnosed with the disease in early July.
“One of the most widely admired voices of Los Angeles, Gold wrote about restaurants for four decades and became indelibly linked with the city in which he was born and raised,” The Times reports.
“Food criticism before him — and even during his time — focused on the austere, the high-end, the Michelin stars,” The Times adds. “Gold redefined the genre, drawn more to hole-in-the-wall joints, street food, mom-and-pop shops and ethnic restaurants than he was to haute cuisine. Although he appreciated and wrote beautifully about fine dining, he revered the taco truck more than the tasting menu.”
In 2007, when Gold was writing for L.A. Weekly, he became the first restaurant critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism.