Remembering Clay Triplette


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and longtime JBF house steward Clay Triplette, who died yesterday, September 9, after a brief illness. 


For chefs who have cooked at the Beard House, chances are Clay was the first person they met when they walked in the door. Clay was James Beard’s right hand for 30 years, beginning in the 1950s, and while the Beard Foundation has carried on James Beard’s legacy, Clay carried on his spirit.


“Life with him was a bowl of gravy,” Clay used to say of Mr. Beard, laughing heartily as he recalled stories about their years together cooking in the legendary West 12th Street kitchen, shopping at long-since-closed Lower East Side and West Village food markets, and creating unforgettable meals.

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