'Top Chef' Honored The Late Jonathan Gold, Leaving Viewers In Tears

‘Top Chef’ Honored The Late Jonathan Gold, Leaving Viewers In A Puddle Of Tears

March 26, 2020 Updated March 27, 2020

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We’re only two episodes into Season 17 of Top Chef, and the Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning show is already tugging on our heartstrings. This episode, they honored none other than the late Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than one thousands published reviews since the ’80s, Gold died at 57 on July 21, 2018 after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.

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“Jonathan Gold was the best restaurant critic in Los Angeles. He focused on small neighborhoods, particularly the neighborhood I grew up in, and I never thought that people from the west side would drive all the way to the east side to eat there. It was all because of Jonathan Gold,” chef-testant Melissa King said in a talking head.