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Leading Local Chef Chris L'Hommedieu Dies at 44

L'Hommedieu, left, at the 2012 Cochon 555 event.
L'Hommedieu, left, at the 2012 Cochon 555 event.
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Chris L'Hommedieu, a key component of restaurants ranging from Per Se to Prospect, passed away on Wednesday night at age 44. As Inside Scoop reports, L'Hommedieu had been battling the same rare form of appendix cancer that took the life of Zuni Cafe chef Judy Rodgers last year. His wife Kendra Stanley confirmed that L'Hommedieu passed away at home surrounded by friends and family, including many of his industry friends.

Most recently the chef at Prospect, L'Hommedieu was jokingly known as the Kevin Bacon of the local chef community, having worked extensively with Michael Mina (including a stint as the executive chef of Mina's eponymous restaurant, where he earned four stars from the Chron), Thomas Keller (he was the opening executive sous chef of Per Se), and Alain Ducasse. No memorial for L'Hommedieu has been announced as of yet, but a tribute dinner and fundraiser is apparently in the works for September. We'll have more info as it's announced. Condolences to L'Hommedieu's friends and family.

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· San Francisco chef Chris L'Hommedieu dies [Inside Scoop]