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Jonathan Gold leaves LA Weekly to go back to LA Times

Jonathan Gold in the L.A. Weekly offices in 2007 celebrating his Pulitzer Prize. He remains the only food critic to have won the honor.
Jonathan Gold in the L.A. Weekly offices in 2007 celebrating his Pulitzer Prize. He remains the only food critic to have won the honor. Kevork Djansezian/AP

After a bit of back and forth between LA Observed and the Village Voice today, the L.A. Weekly itself reported it was losing Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold to his old employer, the L.A. Times.

The Weekly's Sarah Fenske writes:

"We're sad to see him go, as Gold is not only the first — and only — food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize (in 2007), but a brilliant writer and intrepid explorer of the L.A. culinary scene. We wish we could have kept him. Hell, we tried to keep him. But time marches on. He's been here since 1982, for God's sake. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventures."

The Wrap gives a short review of Gold's career thus far:

"Gold started at the Weekly in 1982, starting his now iconic “Counter Intelligence” column in 1986. He moved to the Times in 1990, later worked as Gourmet magazine’s New York restaurant critic and came back to the Weekly in 2001."

A few years ago, the Times' Jim Rainey wrote about speculation that Gold might leave the Weekly.

In his piece in 2009, Rainey wrote, "friends told me Gold, 49, clearly felt unsettled when corporate bosses in Phoenix forced the departure this spring of his wife, Laurie Ochoa, as editor of the Weekly."

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