ROJAS-LOMBARDI: NOT A PARTNER IN DEAN & DELUCA

On page 209 of the book, I say that the Peruvian-born cook and James Beard protégé Felipe Rojas-Lombardi was “for a time a partner in [Dean & DeLuca] with the namesake owners.” While Joel Dean, before his death, described Rojas-Lombardi as a “fourth founder” of the upscale food store (along with Dean, Giorgio DeLuca, and Dean’s companion, Jack Ceglic, who designed the store), Giorgio DeLuca has called to tell me that it would be “revisionist history” to call Rojas-Lombardi a full-fledged partner. DeLuca duly credits Rojas-Lombardi with being a fantastic cook and a driving force behind the shop’s innovative prepared-foods section, “but Felipe was never a partner.” So noted.

January 5, 2007  Link  Dept. of Corrections  Share/Bookmark

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