Realistically, if you like Italian food in its modern style, you owe a great deal of thanks to Marcella Hazen, and you don’t even know it. She was a master of modern Italian cuisine as we all know and love it, and often emphasized fresh ingredients over style or flair. World renowned chefs such as Julia Child claim she was the one they went to when they needed any advice on Italian cooking. It seems, in a bit of sad news, the wonderful chef passed away this weekend at her home in Florida after a long bout with emphysema.
Marcella Hazen grew up in the Italian countryside, and part of her accolades came from the fact that she moved to New York and taught herself how to cook. Yes, she was self-taught, yet still managed to rise to the top of the industry with unmatched passion and perseverance. She was 89 years old, and was survived by her husband of fifty seven years who took to her Facebook to let her fans and friends know of her tragic passing.
Hazen was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the James Beard Foundation in 1989, and has been heralded, and will be forever remembered for being amazing at what she did, and being kind enough to share that gift with the rest of the world.
Our condolences to her family in this tough time, and a genuine thank you for her contributions to culinary society from us.