NEW YORK — Iconic editor, publisher and food and wine commentator Michael Batterberry died last week in New York, following a long illness. He was 78.
Michael Batterberry and his wife, Ariane Batterberry, founded Food Arts magazine in 1988 — now published by M. Shanken Communications — and consumer magazine Food & Wine in 1978.
“Michael played a key role in the advancement of America’s culinary culture,” Marvin R. Shanken is quoted as saying on winespectator.com. “Thanks to his vast knowledge and creativity, his legacy in the food world will live on for generations to come.”
The Batterberrys were recently honoured with the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010 for their role in nurturing and shaping the growth of the American food, restaurant and hospitality industry.