Wednesday, October 28, 2015

George Germon of Al Forno in Providence Has Died

A James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of one of New England's most iconic restaurants has passed away.

According to an article in the Providence Journal, George Germon of Al Forno on South Main Street died Tuesday, leaving behind his wife Killeen with whom he opened the landmark restaurant back in 1980. Al Forno has been seen as a true dining destination over the years--in part because of its signature grilled pizza--with the article saying that chefs saw Germon as a "renaissance man" who came to stardom long before the Food Network and other media outlets helped spawn celebrities in the culinary world. The Journal notes that George and Killeen won a James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast category in 1993, and that the two of them cooked for President Obama in 2010.

In addition to running Al Forno, Germon and his wife also put out two popular cookbooks--"Cucina Simpatica" and "On Top of Spaghetti."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced as of yet, according to a post in Providence Business News.

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