Rozanne Gold, award-winning chef and author, is one of the most prominent women in the food world. A four-time winner of the James Beard Award, she began her career as first chef to New York’s Mayor Ed Koch, at the age of 23. Gold is Chef-Director of the renowned restaurant consulting group, Baum + Whiteman, best known for creating New York’s magical Rainbow atop Rockefeller Center (where Gold was co-owner and consulting chef for 15 years), Windows on the World, and three of New York’s three-star restaurants.
Considered by many to be “cookbook royalty,” the four-time winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and winner of the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award, is the author of 12 acclaimed cookbooks. She has been the entertaining columnist for Bon Appetit magazine where her “Entertaining Made Easy” column was read by five million fans. She has written and produced stories for The New York Times (her work can be found on the Op-Ed page, the Dining Section, and Sunday Magazine), and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Gourmet, Cooking Light, More, FoodArts, Modern Maturity, Natural Health, Real Food, The Montessori Magazine, and Gotham.
As Chef to Mayor Koch, Ms. Gold cooked for President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister and Aliza Begin, and dignitaries from all walks of life. Business Week named her a “Mover and Shaker”; Cooking Light magazine named her one of “America’s Top 5 Enlightened Chefs”; Chef magazine nominated her “Innovator of the Year,” the Food & Beverage Association of America honored her as ‘Hospitality Professional of the Year” and Drexel University named her a Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Known as the “diva of simplicity”, she has set the Gold Standard for a style of cooking that has inspired professional chefs and home cooks alike to “keep it simple” with: Little Meals: A Great New Way to Eat and Cook (1994), Recipes 1-2-3: Fabulous Food Using Only Three Ingredients (1996), is published in four languages; Recipes 1-2-3 Menu Cookbook (1998), Entertaining 1-2-3 (1999) and Healthy 1-2-3 (2001). Desserts 1-2-3, published in May 2002, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, immediately landed on the L.A. Times “Hot List” and was chosen one of the year’s best cookbooks by Food & Wine Magazine. A year later, Cooking 1-2-3 was chosen as one of the year’s best 10 books (and the only cookbook) on NBC’s Today Show. Gold’s highly-regarded Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs, published in 2009 received a glowing review in the Science section of the New York Times. Her newest book, published by Rodale 10/26/10, is Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease -- chosen by the New York Times, People magazine, Food & Wine, and Good Morning, America as one of the best cookbooks of the year 2010.
Known as a food-trends pundit, Ms. Gold invents concepts that give restaurants and food companies their competitive edge. An early proponent of American regional cooking, she helped create American Spoon Foods, the first specialty food company to focus on regional ingredients. She invented Hudson River Cuisine, turning the idea into a three-star concept for the Hudson River Club; and was responsible for developing New York’s first pan-Mediterranean restaurant (Café Greco), featuring “Med-Rim Cuisine”.
Like every “celebrity chef” today, Ms. Gold had her own product on the market…her irresistible Venetian Wine Cake, manufactured by Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY and featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine and on 60 Minutes. In addition, Ms. Gold has been ‘celebrity’ guest chef at the James Beard House on numerous occasions.
Ms. Gold is a frequent guest on national television, including numerous appearances on the Today Show; Real Simple; B. Smith with Style; Good Morning America; Home Cooking on PBS; Discovery Channel’s “Home Matters”, Lifetime’s “Our Home”, the Food Network, and QVC. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and Sirius.Radio.
A graduate of Tufts University with honors in psychology and education, Ms. Gold studied cooking in Italy and France. She is past President of Les Dames d’Escoffier, New York, and is a trustee of Arts Horizons. Ms. Gold recently “rescued” Gourmet Magazine’s cookbook library by purchasing it and donating it to New York University. in honor of her mother. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and 15-year old daughter.