This week Michael Batterberry passed away at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. He was the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Food Arts magazine, which he founded 21 years ago with his wife Ariane. Previously, he and Ariane founded Food & Wine magazine in 1978 which they later sold to American Express Publishing.
He was considered an art historian and a major force in the restaurant and hotel industry. Together with Ariane, they published 18 books over the years, many of which were devoted to art and culture as well as food.
Michael was a true Renaissance man and a good friend to most everyone who had the good fortune to know him. He was a colleague of James Beard, a friend of Julia Child and mentor to many.
He was responsible for getting some of today’s best chefs to realize their dream and helped so many others along the way. At this year’s James Beard Awards Dinner, he and Ariane were given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the JBFoundation. Dan Barber, notable chef and guest speaker, said that night: “Michael & Ariane live the life we all want.” How truly remarkable that life was for him. He will be greatly missed.
It was a great privilege to have known him.
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