James Beard’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

May 5, 1903

Death Date

January 21, 1985

Age of Death

81 years

Cause of Death

Heart Failure



The chef James Beard died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Celebrity chef whose numerous cookbooks and television appearances gave rise to American-style gourmet cooking.

He was born in Portland, Oregon to a boarding house proprietor mother and a customs house clerk father.



“I don’t like gourmet cooking or ‘this’ cooking or ‘that’ cooking. I like good cooking.” (James Beard)


“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” (James Beard)


“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” (James Beard)


“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.” (James Beard)