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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bay Area Chefs Say Their Goodbyes to Chris L'Hommedieu

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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Sad news broke last night that much-respected local chef Chris L'Hommedieu has died. The 44-year-old chef succumbed after a battle with a rare appendix cancer (coincidentally, the same that caused the death of Zuni Cafe's Judy Rodgers last November).

Inside Scoop has a nice tribute to L'Hommedieu, who has worked his way through many of S.F.'s kitchens, earning him the nickname of  the Kevin Bacon of the Bay Area.

L'Hommedieu began his career at Aqua, and went on with Michael Mina to open that chef's titular restaurant in the St. Francis Hotel as executive chef. He worked for Thomas Keller at Per Se and most recently was seen as chef at Prospect, though his influence filtered throughout the Bay Area restaurant scene.

His name came up over and over when I was researching my June profile on Michael Mina — he was cited as a mentor, teacher, and friend.

The food community is mourning his loss privately and publicly on Twitter and Facebook — Eater SF has a roundup of all the chef and restaurateur tweets about the popular chef.

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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