Jasper White (chef)

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Jasper White
Boston, Massachusetts
, U.S.
EducationCulinary Institute of America
SpouseKathleen
Culinary career
Cooking style"New England food"
Current restaurant(s)
    • Jasper's (closed)
    • Jasper White's Summer Shack
Award(s) won
    • James Beard Foundation Award

Jasper Kenneth White Jr. (May 28, 1954 – May 11, 2024) was an American chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. He was considered to be a leading authority on the cuisine and food industry of New England, with a particular focus on seafood.[1]

Early life and education

Jasper White was born in Orange, New Jersey, on May 28, 1954.[2][1] He credited his Italian grandmother with his interest in food.[1]

White enrolled at

The Copley Plaza, The Parker House, and The Bostonian Hotel.[1] Shire considers White to be her mentor,[3][4] and "her best cook friend in the world."[5][6]

Restaurants

In 1983, he opened Jasper's, a restaurant on Boston's waterfront. It was here that he "carved out a niche in the local food scene deconstructing classics on his haute cuisine menu."[7] It was described as "a Boston, MA landmark famous for seafood and other New England specialties ... (leading) people who thought he was inextricably linked with upscale cuisine."[1] Jasper's closed in 1995; White closed the restaurant so he could spend time with his children.[8] For three years afterwards, he was a consultant to Legal Seafoods.[6]

White opened Jasper White's Summer Shack in May 2000 in the Alewife section of Cambridge. The restaurant also has locations at Mohegan Sun[9] and in Boston's Back Bay. There is a seasonal location on Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor.[10] The Summer Shack allowed him to "return to his culinary true love of hearty family-style cuisine: authentic and flavorful–not fussy (and) embrace his unpretentious roots."[7] Even though it is meant to be like a seaside clam shack, one gourmet dish from Jasper's is on the menu, and it is the one for which he is most famous – pan-roasted lobster.[11][12] Summer Shack was sold to the Lyons Group in 2017 and White was no longer involved in the business.[13]

Personal life and death

White and his wife, Kathleen, lived with their children in the Greater Boston area.[1] He died at a hospital in Boston from a ruptured intracranial aneurysm on May 11, 2024, at age 69.[2][14]

Cookbooks

  • Jasper White's Cooking from New England (1989)[15]
  • Lobster at Home (1998)[16]
  • Fifty Chowders (2000)[16]
  • The Summer Shack Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Shore Food (2007)[17]

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Jasper White, The Bounty of the Ocean". CIA Culinary School. May 20, 2011. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Moskin, Julia (May 16, 2024). "Jasper White, Chef Who Lifted New England Cuisine, Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2024.
  3. ^ Favorites Archived October 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Retrospective: Lydia Shire and Jasper White". Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Top of Mind: Lydia Shire". Boston Magazine. September 23, 2009. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Simple Seafood | recipes from Jasper White". Food & Wine. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Featured Chefs of In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs". PBS Food. May 18, 2012. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  8. from the original on December 29, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  9. ^ a b COURANT, LEE WHITE SPECIAL TO THE (June 14, 2001). "A LA CARTE". courant.com. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jasper White's Summer Shack Partners with Boston Harbor Island Alliance". LGBT Massachusetts. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Eats, Serious. "Boston: Jasper's Pan-Roasted Lobster with Chervil and Chives". www.seriouseats.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Jaden (September 17, 2009). "Summer Shack's Famous Pan Roasted Lobster • Steamy Kitchen Recipes". Steamy Kitchen Recipes. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Baskin, Kara (May 28, 2019). "Summer Shack, don't ever change". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 11, 2022. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  14. ^ Stoico, Nick (May 11, 2024). "Jasper White, acclaimed New England chef behind Summer Shack, dies". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on May 11, 2024. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  15. ^ "Books by Jasper White". Thriftbooks. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  16. ^ a b Thorn, Bret (May 13, 2024). "Pioneering Boston chef Jasper White dies at age 69". Nation's Restaurant News. Informa Connect. Archived from the original on May 13, 2024. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  17. ^ Yoder, Glenn (June 29, 2011). "Cooking up a shore thing". Boston.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Jasper White | James Beard Foundation". www.jamesbeard.org. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "Cooking with Jasper White | Epicurious.com". Epicurious. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.