July 21, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Michelin-Starred Chef James Kent Passes Away, Saga Hospitality Group Announces

Chef Kent Is Remembered for His Culinary Excellence and Charity Work

The Saga Hospitality Group announced the death of Michelin-starred chef James Kent on June 15 with great sadness on its Instagram. Chef Kent is survived by his wife, Kelly, son Gavin, and daughter Avery. 

Chef Kent was the creative mind behind Pacific Park’s newest food destination, Snackville, at the Santa Monica Pier. 

The statement said, “We are heartbroken to share that James Kent passed away unexpectedly earlier today. The Saga Hospitality Group family is focused on supporting each other and, most importantly, Kelly, Gavin, and Avery as we grieve James’ loss.”

Jeff Klocke, General Manager at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, said in an emailed statement, “It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we acknowledge the sudden passing of our partner and friend, Chef James Kent. He was a valued member of our Pacific Park team and contributed immensely to our culinary vision of the amusement park. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

James Kent was executive chef and owner of Crown Shy and Saga restaurants, both located in the landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street in New York’s Financial District. Crown Shy, the first of those restaurants, opened in March 2019. Just six months later, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. Saga, a fine-dining restaurant in the tiered spire of the building, opened in August of 2021. In October 2022, Saga was awarded two Michelin stars. One floor above Saga is Overstory, a cocktail bar ranked 17 on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars.

Kent was an active supporter of a number of charities working to eradicate childhood hunger in New York City, including No Kid Hungry and ReThink Food, for which he sits on the Chef’s Council. Kent has twice co-chaired the annual Chef’s Benefit dinner for Cookies for Kids Cancer, a nationally recognized organization that provides funding for pediatric cancer research. He was a mentor for the Ment’Or organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.

Related Posts

Michelle Bisnoff Arrested for $2 Million Investor Fraud Scheme

July 19, 2024

July 19, 2024

CEO of ESOS Rings Faces Securities and Wire Fraud Charges A Boca Raton woman was arrested today on charges of...

OPINION: VNC Becomes Enemy of Historic Craftsman Homes

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

Mark Ryavec Argues That the Neighborhood Council Took a Step That Will “Imperil Remaining One- And Two-Story Historic Structures” By...

Marina Del Rey Beach Ranked as One of California’s Most Polluted

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

A New Report Cites Limited Wave Action and Water Circulation as Cause By Zach Armstrong Water quality concerns plague Marina...

Police Drone Catches Car Burglar in the Act, Suspect Apprehended

July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

The Drone as a First Responder Program Incorporates a Sworn Officer Pilot Who Flies the Drone From a Launch Site...

Charlie XCX-Themed Event Coming to Venice West

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Many Have Referred to the Season as “Brat Girl Summer” By Zach Armstrong Venice Beach is going to be ‘bumpin’...

New Summer Menu Introduced at SALT Restaurant & Bar

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

To Complement These Dishes, Salt Offers Two New Cocktails SALT, the waterfront restaurant at Marina del Rey Hotel, has introduced...

Judge Issues Final Ruling in Favor of Barrington Plaza Tenants Association

July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

Decision against Landlord Finds Intent Does Not Meet Ellis Act Standards The final ruling in the case of the Barrington...

Arcane Space to Showcase MANTIS LOKE Exhibit Throughout July

July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

“Mantis Loke” Explores the Boundaries of Painting, Sculpture, and Installation Art Through a Unique Collaborative Process The ARCANE Space in...

Venice Shorts: Bike Pile-up at Rose & Third

July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

Illegally possessed bicycles find themselves on city sidewalks By Nick Antonicello  There is a display of bikes now being collected...

LAPD and Family Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing 69-Year-Old Woman

July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

Beryl Angela Thomas Last Seen in Fairfax Area; May Be Disoriented The family of Beryl Angela Thomas and detectives from...

THIS WEEKEND: Conquer the Pier 5K and 1K Run

July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

Runners Will Have Access to a Fitness Expo and Various Samples From Local Shops and Eateries The annual Conquer the...

Residents Sue City of Los Angeles For Stalling Affordable Housing Development

July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

The New Lawsuit Also Comes After Two Separate l.a. Superior Court Rulings Rejected a Coalition’s Multi-Year Effort to Halt the...

Child Abductor Arrested After Victim Rescued: Report

July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

Officers Reportedly Located the Child and Suspect Nearly 30 Minutes After a 911 Call A 4-year-old girl who was abducted...

Los Angeles Woman Sentenced to 35 Years to Life for Murder of Michael Latt

July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

35 Years to Life for Woman Who Killed Social Justice Advocate Jameelah Michl was sentenced to 35 years to life...

Venice Shorts: Marr Street Madness Created by Dilapidated RV

July 14, 2024

July 14, 2024

Area residents exhausted by current conditions at strip mall off Washington Blvd By Nick Antonicello  The dilapidated conditions of an...