Renowned NYC Chef James Kent Dies at 45

Renowned NYC Chef James Kent Dies at 45

James Kent, a prominent New York City chef and owner of the renowned restaurants Crown Shy, Overstory, and Saga, has passed away at the age of 45. His death was confirmed by his representative and announced through a joint post on Instagram by his Saga Hospitality Group and associated restaurants. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Kent was a significant figure in the culinary world, known for his role in the revival of the Financial District's dining scene. He led kitchens at several notable establishments, including Eleven Madison Park, where he advanced from line cook to chef de cuisine. Kent also won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or USA in 2010 and placed 10th at the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France, in 2011.

In addition to his existing ventures, Kent's hospitality group was preparing for several new openings, including a restaurant inspired by his grandmother and the houseboat where he spent summers. His group is also overseeing the development of five restaurants at One Wall Street, set to open in 2025 in partnership with the Paris-based luxury department store Printemps. Kent is survived by his wife Kelly, son Gavin, and daughter Avery.


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