Four Seasons Head Chef, Christian Albin, Dies at 61 Monday June 15, 2009
June 14, 2009, by AP's Christian Albin: The executive chef of the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan who succeeded the renowned Seppi Renggli in 1990, died on Saturday at a Manhattan hospital. He was 61 and lived in Rockland County, N.Y.
The cause was cancer, and he had received a diagnosis only last week, according to a statement from the owners of the restaurant, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder.
Just a month ago, with Mr. Niccolini and Mr. von Bidder the center of attention at the 50th anniversary celebration of the restaurant, Mr. Albin was out of the spotlight but very much in charge of the meal. That day, he had also prepared a lunch for a high-profile customer, the Dalai Lama.
Mr. Albin, unlike many well-known chefs today, never sought fame, Mr. von Bidder and Mr. Niccolini said in the statement. “Publicity was never his goal,” the statement said. “He was always an old-school chef who preferred to be the rock — rather than the rock star — upon which the Four Seasons Restaurant relied.”
The restaurant’s rating, however, which had previously been three stars in The New York Times, was lowered to two stars in a review two years ago by Frank Bruni, now the paper’s restaurant critic. Mr. Bruni wrote that the kitchen, under the stewardship of Mr. Albin, “may well have drifted,” but he praised the roasted duck, the rack of lamb and the “stubborn magic” of the place.
Ruth Reichl, a former restaurant critic for The Times, who had given the restaurant three stars, wrote in her 1995 review that she had eaten a “perfect” lunch of iced Olympia oysters, peppered buffalo steak, a dense lemon tart and a bracing espresso. Yet, she concluded, “the truth is that food is not the point here.”
In fact, while the restaurant became synonymous with the power lunch, Mr. Albin received little attention even when the focus was on the Four Seasons’ dishes and not its clients. In 2000, New York magazine offered a note of praise, saying that Mr. Albin had “emerged as a culinary Rip van Winkle, reawakening what was once too-familiar fare with subtle but surprisingly adventurous new flavors and often marvelous pairings.”
Mr. Albin was born on Sept. 21, 1947, in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.
After training in Europe, he came to New York to help open the Swiss Pavilion. He served as chef de cuisine at the Forum of the Twelve Caesars, and cooked at Tavern on the Green, before joining the Four Seasons in 1973. He became executive chef in 1990, creating local, seasonal dishes before it became fashionable.
He is survived by his wife, Johanna; a daughter, Stephanie; a son, Christopher; two granddaughters; and six siblings in Switzerland and Germany.
13 December 2013
17 November 2013
15 November 2013
15 November 2013
11 October 2013
comments powered by Disqus.
Food Festival & Events Calendar
November 4-December 13, 2016 Festival of GingerbreadFort Wayne, Indiana Nov 6-Dec 7, 2016 Annual Vintners' HolidaysYosemite National Park, California Nov 13-Dec 31, 2016 40th Holiday Forest Festival of TreesOwensboro, Kentucky Nov 19-Dec 3, 2016 23rd Annual Festival of TreesMethuen, Massachusetts Nov 25-Dec 10, 2016 Wood Gingerbread FestivalSouth Windsor, Connecticut November 25-Dec 10, 2016 Dickens Village FestivalGarrison, North Dakota November 25-Dec 23, 2016 Annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas CelebrationGrass Valley, California November 25-January 15, 2017 Arvest WinterfestTulsa, Oklahoma Nov 28-Dec 4, 2016 Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts ShowGatlinburg, Kentucky November 29-Dec 1, 2016 35th Annual Greater Peoria Farm ShowPeoria, Illinois Nov 29-Dec 1, 2016 Midwest Dairy Conference & ExpoSt. Cloud, Minnesota Nov 29-December 1, 2016 Amarillo Farm and Ranch ShowAmarillo, Texas Nov 29, Dec 6 & 13, 2016 12th Old-Fashioned Christmas FestivalRichmond, Indiana Nov 30-Dec 2, 2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference & Trade ShowOmaha, Nebraska Nov 30-Dec 3, 2016 Christmas On the River & Alabama State Barbeque CookoffDemopolis, Alabama November 30-December 4, 2016 41st Annual Madrigal FeasteAshland, Ohio November 30-December 4, 2016 Annual Holiday Ale FestivalPortland, Oregon December 1, 2016 6th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine WalkSan Francisco, California December 1, 2016 Candlelight Christmas ParadeMadera, California December 1, 2016 Scents and Sweets CompetitionFrederick, Maryland December 1-2, 2016 Festival of IceJuniata River Valley, Pennsylvania December 1-4, 2016 31st Annual Festival of LightsWickford, Rhode Island December 1-31, 2016 Christmas on the ComstockVirginia City, Nevada December 1-31, 2016 Vintage Christmas in PortsmouthPortsmouth, New Hampshire December 1-31, 2016 46th Annual Christmas in NewportNewport, Rhode Island December 2, 2016 Christmas at the RanchCamarillo, California December 2, 2016 Holly DaysValparaiso, Indiana December 2, 2016 Annual Wassail FestColumbus, Mississippi December 2, 2016 Old Fashioned HolidayBoonton, New Jersey December 2, 2016 Taste of Chocolate: Bites & LightsJanesville, Wisconsin December 2-3, 2016 Christmas Town FestivalBethlehem, Connecticut December 2-3, 2016 Country Christmas Weekend & Lighted Farm Implement ParadeSandusky, Michigan December 2-3, 2016 ChristmasFestToccoa, Georgia Dec 2-3, 2016 Missouri Livestock SymposiumKirksville, Missouri December 2-3, 2016 A Stevensville Country ChristmasStevensville, Montana December 2-3, 2016 Carlsbad Winter Wine FestivalCarlsbad, New Mexico December 2-3, 2016 7th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday MartGettysburg, Pennsylvania December 2-4, 2016 Christmas on the RiverSavannah, Georgia December 2-4, 2016 Annual Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange FestivalBuras, Louisiana December 2-4, 2016 27th Stockbridge Main Street At ChristmasStockbridge, Massachusetts December 2-4, 2016 37th Annual Christmas in Salem House TourSalem, Massachusetts December 2-4, 2016 Christmas in Ida Festival & Parade of LightsIda, Michigan December 2-4, 2016 Kimmswick Christmas Cookie WalkMissouri December 2-4, 2016 14th Annual ChristkindlmarktTuckerton, New Jersey December 2-9, 2016 34th Annual Candlelight Christmas WalkAugusta, Missouri December 2-11, 2016 43rd Annual Festival of Trees & TraditionsHartford, Connecticut December 3, 2016 My Pie Gilbert Grand OpeningGilbert, Arizona December 3, 2016 Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting & Festivities!Mountain View, Arkansas December 3, 2016 Annual Oxnard Tamale FestivalOxnard, California December 3, 2016 Olde Mistick Village Holiday CarnivalMystic, Connecticut December 3, 2016 South Florida VegFestFt Lauderdale, Florida December 3, 2016 Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas ParadeLawrence, Kansas December 3, 2016 Battle of the Paddle Gumbo Cook-offDelcambre, Louisiana December 3, 2016 BrewMore Craft Beer TastingBaltmore, Maryland December 3, 2016 Christmas in the Logging CampGrand Rapids, Minnesota December 3, 2016 WeihnachtsmarktSparta, New Jersey December 3, 2016 Christmas on the PrairieWest Fargo, North Dakota December 3, 2016 26th Annual Minco Honey FestivalMinco, Oklahoma December 3, 2016 Christmas in the CountryEagle Creek, Oregon December 3, 2016 6th Annual Valley Forge Beer & Cider FestivalPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania December 3, 2016 Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer FestivalAllentown, Pennsylvania December 3, 2016 12 South Winter WarmerNashville, Tennessee December 3, 2016 Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest CelebrationRaleigh, North Carolina December 3, 2016 Annual Tamales! Holiday FestivalSan Antonio, Texas December 3, 2016 Belle Grove Holiday TeaMiddletown, Virginia December 3, 2016 Santa By The SeaWestport, Washington December 3, 2016 Christmas at the Mill HouseRichfield, Wisconsin December 3-4, 2016 Holidays in the VineyardsLivermore, California December 3-4, 2016 Indio International Tamale FestivalIndio, California December 3-4, 2016 Siesta Beach Seafood & Music FestivalSiesta Beach, Florida December 3-4, 2016 Holiday Cheer at the VineyardChisago City, Minnesota December 3-4, 2016 Wreath & Fineries at the WineriesNew Paltz, New York December 3-4, 2016 Christmas at the CastleWickford, Rhode Island December 3-4, 2016 Holiday Open House at BreauxPurcellville, Virginia December 3-4, 2016 11th Annual MetroCooking DC ShowWashington D.C. December 3 & 10, 2016 Cider FestCamden-Wyoming, Delaware December 3 & 10, 2016 Old Fashioned ChristmasLindsborg, Kansas December 3 & 10, 2016 Christmas at CanterburyCanterbury, New Hampshire December 4, 2016 Holiday on the HillSimi Valley, California December 4, 2016 Edible Jersey Holiday MarketGladstone, New Jersey December 6, 2016 Holiday Cava ClassChicago, Illinois December 6-7, 2016 NLS Food Quality SymposiumIndian Wells, California December 6-8, 2016 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market ExpoGrand Rapids, Michigan December 6-8, 2016 Michigan Greenhouse Growers ExpoGrand Rapids, Michigan December 6-8, 2016 Nebraska Power Farming ShowLincoln, Nebraska December 7-9, 2016 USA Rice Outlook ConferenceMemphis, Tennessee December 8, 2016 The Whisky ExtravaganzaFort Lauderdale, Florida December 8, 2016 Bull City Holiday Food & Wine SoiréeDurham, North Carolina December 8-9, 2016 Int’l Conference on Amino Acids and ProteinsDallas, Texas December 8-10, 2016 WinterfestHenderson, Nevada December 8-10, 2016 Tulsa Farm ShowTulsa, Oklahoma December 8-11, 2016 Palm Beach Food & Wine FestivalPalm Beach, Florida December 9, 2016 Country Christmas FestivalTylertown, Mississippi December 9-10, 2016 Wine Signature AuctionBeverly Hills, California December 9-10, 2016 Annual SEMO Farm Toy ShowSikeston, Missouri December 9-11, 2016 4th Avenue Winter Street FairTucson, Arizona December 9-11, 2016 Sausalito WinterfestSausalito, California December 9-11, 2016 Medora's Old Fashioned Cowboy ChristmasMedora, North Dakota December 9-11, 2016 Green Festival ExpoPortland, Oregon December 9-11, 2016 Woodstock's Winter Wassail WeekendWoodstock, Vermont December 9-10 & 16-17, 2016 Farm By Lantern LightGrayling, Michigan December 10, 2016 Terra Madre DayWorldwide December 10, 2016 29th Annual Christmas in the ParkLitchfield Park, Arizona December 10, 2016 Annual Niantic Light ParadeNiantic, East Lyme, Connecticut December 10, 2016 Lucia DayLindsborg, Kansas December 10, 2016 Annual Christmas on the Square Festival & ParadeBenton, Louisiana December 10, 2016 Annual Christmas on the BayouGulfport, Mississippi December 10, 2016 12th Annual Currier and Ives Cookie TourMonadnock Region, New Hampshire December 10-11, 2016 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate FestivalClermont, Florida December 10-11, 2016 23rd Annual St. Augustine Holiday B&B Tour & TastingSt. Augustine, Florida December 10-11, 2016 Say Cheese Wine TrailHermann, Missouri December 10-11, 2016 Christmas Cookie and Wine PairingPlatte City, Missouri December 10-11, 2016 Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie & Candy TourMt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire December 10-11, 2016 Wreath & Fineries at the WineriesNew Paltz, New York December 10-11, 2016 Christmas Cookie Tour of InnsHolmes County, Ohio December 10-11, 2016 Breaux Vineyards Barrel TastingPurcellville, Virginia December 11, 2016 The Chocolate ExpoGarden City, New York December 11, 2016 Cocktails at ChristmasMiddletown, Virginia December 15-17, 2016 Old Fashioned ChristmasTaylorsville, North Carolina December 16, 2016 A Dickens Parlor ChristmasGroton, Connecticut December 17, 2016 Christmas on the FarmTroy, New Hampshire December 17-18, 2016 Holiday Cheers!Stillwater, Minnesota December 26-31, 2016 Carp FestPrairie du Chien, Wisconsin December 27-January 1, 2017 69th Annual Arizona National Livestock ShowPhoenix, Arizona December 30-31, 2016 Peeps Fest & Peeps Chick DropBethlehem, Pennsylvania December 31, 2016 Flora-Bama New Year's Eve BashOrange Beach, Alabama December 31, 2016 Mobile New Year’s MoonPie DropMobile, Alabama December 31, 2016 Anchorage New Year’s Eve CelebrationAnchorage, Alaska December 31, 2016 The Great Pinecone DropFlagstaff, Arizona December 31, 2016 Grape DropTemecula, California December 31, 2016 New Years' Eve CelebrationSimi Valley, California December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Orange DropOrlando, Florida December 31, 2016 Pensacola Pelican DropPensacola, Florida December 31, 2016 24th Annual Dropping of the Conch ShellKey West, Florida December 31, 2016 Flagler College New Year’s Eve GalaSt. Augustine, Florida December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Beach Ball DropPanama City Beach, Florida December 31, 2016 Tallapossa Possum DropTallapoosa, Georgia December 31, 2016 Up the Cup New Years EveSavannah, Georgia December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Shamrock DropDublin, Georgia December 31, 2016 Peach DropAtlanta, Georgia December 31, 2016 4th Annual “Up the Cup” CountdownSavannah, Georgia December 31, 2016 Dropping of the Edelweiss & New Year's Eve EventHelen, Georgia December 31, 2016 4th Annual Idaho Potato DropBoise, Idaho December 31, 2016 Chi-Town RisingChicago, Illinois December 31, 2016 IndyCar DropIndianapolis, Indiana December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks ShowGatlinburg, Kentucky December 31, 2016 Eastport Sardine and Maple Leaf DropEastport, Maine December 31, 2016 First Night Talbot Crab DropEaston, Maryland December 31, 2016 Rockport New Year’s EveRockport, Massachusetts December 31, 2016 CherryT Ball DropTraverse City, Michigan December 31, 2016 New Year's FestKalamazoo, Michigan December 31, 2016 The Drop in Motor CityDetroit, Michigan December 31, 2016 Times Square New Year's Eve BallNew York, New York December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Pickle DropMt. Olive, North Carolina December 31, 2016 Clay's Corner Possum DropBrasstown, North Carolina December 31, 2016 Annual Walleye Madness at MidnightPort Clinton, Ohio December 31, 2016 First Night Marion Popcorn Pop n' DropMarion , Ohio December 31, 2016 McClure Kettle DropMcClure, Pennsylvania December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Pickle DropDillsburg, Pennsylvania December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Bologna DropLebanon, Pennsylvania December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Hershey Kiss DropHershey, Pennsylvania December 31, 2016 Last Night on the TownVirginia Beach, Virginia December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Big Cheese DropPlymouth, Wisconsin December 31, 2016 Annual Droppin' of the CarpPrairie du Chien, Wisconsin