The restaurant world lost a legend this weekend, London's River Cafe chef and owner Rose Gray, who succumbed to cancer at age 71. Gray was an influential figure to many for her work alongside partner Ruth Rogers creating classic Italian cuisine. Their motto of "sourcing, sourcing, sourcing" was one of the cornerstones of the menu at the the cafe, which favored locally grown ingredients and featured a strictly Italian wine list.
When she entered River Cafe's kitchen in the 80's, Ruth was almost 50. Throughout the years, she served as mentor to many top notch chefs who would go onto become trail blazers in their own right, including Jamie Oliver and The Spotted Pig's April Bloomfield. The Guardian has penned an elegant obituary of Rose, the reactions from the food world via twitter are below:
NYT critic Sam Sifton:
Chris Cosentino, chef at SF's Incanto:
LA Weekly critic Jonathan Gold:
· Rose Gray Obituary [Guardian]