Local Man Earns Honor

Jonathan Gold
Jonathan Gold

Local resident Jonathan Gold, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, is being honored at the Central City Association of Los Angeles’ 24th annual “Treasures of Los Angeles” luncheon on Thursday, May 17. The event, being held at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, begins at 11 a.m.
Gold won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. He began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin, among other places.
Treasures of Los Angeles is the Central City Association’s signature event. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend “to honor those who have made exceptional contributions,” according to an event spokesperson. “This year, our honorees represent the best of Los Angeles.”
According to Wikipedia, Gold started out at the LA Weekly in 1982 while he was studying art and music at UCLA, and by the mid-1980s became one of the paper’s most popular writers. He was music editor for the Weekly in the 1980s and held a number of other positions with the paper. “He started his Counter Intelligence column in 1986 as a way of exploring Los Angeles’ ethnic neighborhoods, places that often go underreported in other papers. In 1999, he left Los Angeles to become the New York City restaurant critic for Gourmet, and was the first food writer to be honored as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2001, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he revived Counter Intelligence for the Weekly while continuing to write for Gourmet. In 2012, he returned to the Los Angeles Times,” Wikipedia noted. “In 2007, Gold became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. His work is profiled in the 2015 documentary film ‘City of Gold,’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.”

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