In Remembrance of our Friend, Founder of the French Culinary Institute & Real Food Films Judge Dorothy Cann Hamilton

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We celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Dorothy Cann Hamilton, a Real Food Films judge and advisor. Following this tragic news we want to honor Dorothy’s sound advice, her passion and knowledge of food, culture and cooking she generously shared not only with us, but with generations of chefs, students and TV audiences.

We would like to share the NY Times tribute that was published as a reflection and a remembrance of an extraordinary woman.

With deepest condolences,

Anna Lappé and our Real Food Films team


Originally posted in The New York Times
Sept. 19, 2016
By Sam Roberts

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, a food aficionado who started a vocational course that evolved into one of the world’s leading culinary schools, died on Friday on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. She was 67.

She died of injuries sustained in an automobile collision, said Bruce McCann, her cousin and the president of the International Culinary Center in California, the West Coast branch of the school that she founded in New York City in 1984 as the French Culinary Institute. She was the chief executive there.

The police said her SUV and a truck hauling a camper collided.

Ms. Hamilton, who lived in Manhattan, had a home in a remote corner of Cape Breton Island, in Fourchu, which she described in a blog post as “my family’s home village.” She was there to close her home for the winter and to meet with local educators.

The International Culinary Center is an outgrowth of her father’s training institute in the mechanical trades. Located in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, it counts more than 15,000 chefs as graduates, among them, Bobby Flay, Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, Christina Tosi, David Chang and Zak Pelaccio.

The center’s deans and teachers have included professional chefs like Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner, Jacques Torres, Alain Sailhac, Jose Andres, Nils Noren and Cesare Casella.

Ms. Hamilton was also the host of “Chef’s Story,” a PBS television and Heritage Radio Network series that profiled chefs. Last year she became one of only four Americans (the others were Julia Child, Thomas Keller and Alice Waters) to receive the Legion of Honor from the French government for promoting French cuisine in the United States.

Read the full tribute here.

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