Koch's Former Chef Remembers Man With 'Appetite for Life'
Monday, February 04, 2013
Fried chicken, a green salad and chocolate mousse. That was the first big meal the then 24-year-old Rozanne Gold cooked for former Mayor Ed Koch as his personal chef in 1978.
Koch was just beginning his first of three terms in office and Gold was kicking off her cooking career. She moved into Gracie Mansion and made $200 a week handling his day-to-day meals and big, important dinners.
Gold remembers him as someone who loved to eat.
"He was a great gourmand. He really had an appetite for life and living everyday to the fullest and food was a big part of it," Gold said. Gold went on to be an award-winning chef and food writer. Her latest cookbook is Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease.
Gold spoke to WNYC's Amy Eddings Monday after Koch's funeral at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side.