Remembering Jonathan Gold

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For many years, Jonathan Gold remained anonymous while reviewing Los Angeles’ restaurant scene. Photo by Marie Gonzales.

KCRW’s “Good Food” mourns the death of our friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. He died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, July 21, one week before his 58th birthday. He leaves behind a spouse, Laurie Ochoa, and two children.

For more than 20 years, Jonathan’s voice could be regularly heard on “Good Food.” In his distinctive cadence, he helped Angelenos better understand the astonishing diversity of our city’s food and neighborhoods.

This page will be regularly updated with our favorite segments with Jonathan, as well as remembrances from friends of the show. Please join us in celebrating the life of this giant who helped us find our place in this sprawling city by eating our way through it.

Colleagues of Gold’s have flooded social media with remembrances of the “belly of Los Angeles”:

Here are some hits from Gold’s tenure on KCRW, which spanned 5 producers, 20 years, and hundreds of restaurants:

Gold tries Roy Choi’s Kogi tacos for the first time in 2009:

Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold present the 2018 Pie Contest winners. Photo by Brian Feinzimer.

Gold praised chef Kris Yenbamroong’s subversive culinary style, in 2014:

Hear Gold’s 2012 “Essential 99 Restaurants” list for LA Weekly, rapped:

Gold shared his thoughts on Sang Yoon’s (then) newest gift to L.A.’s long list of great restaurants, in 2011.

Gold stopped by Guest DJ Project in 2009 to dish on his long history with classical music, as well as history with punk and rap: