LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Gold, who became the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has died. He was 57.

The Los Angeles Times , where Gold most recently worked, reported that he died Saturday after being diagnosed earlier this month with pancreatic cancer.

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Gold’s reviews first appeared in L.A. Weekly and later in The Times and Gourmet. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 while at L.A. Weekly. He was a finalist again in 2011.

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The Times noted Gold’s reviews focused on ethnic restaurants, which he preferred to call traditional restaurants.

Ruth Reichl, who edited Gold at The Times and at Gourmet, called him a trailblazer.

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She said he “understood that food could be a power for bringing a community together, for understanding other people.”