City of Gold
City of Gold
Debuting in March 2016, City of Gold is a documentary that follows Jonathan Gold, the restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times, whose work has helped to shape and sculpt the food culture of an entire city.
For well-established chefs, like Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois), Gold’s presence, always a surprise, unfailingly brings “panic in the kitchen” — in a good way. For lesser-known chefs like Genet Agonafer, whose restaurant Meals By Genet was floundering without a wide-enough audience, a rave review by Gold saved her livelihood — a task Gold has performed numerous times, and one that he doesn’t take lightly.
“Restaurants and food experiences that other people weren’t writing about, he gave [them] value,” Andrew Zimmern says of Gold’s unique place in LA’s food world. From haute cuisine dining experiences to the dingiest of food trucks, nothing has been too high- or low-brow for Gold, and it’s this attitude that has earned him so much respect from those who feed him.
In the trailer below, watch as the city’s most notorious critic lives out “the fat man’s version of The Bourne Identity,” complete with burner phones for reservations and a list of fake names.