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Owner and Chef of Popular Grass Valley Restaurant Passes Away

Long time Chef and Restaurateur, John Kane owner of Kane’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, passed away over the weekend following complications from back surgery.

Fellow Chef and Friend Clyde Serda of Alameda posted on Kane’s Facebook page-  It’s with heavy heart that I was informed of the passing of Careme Medal Holder, Past President of the Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast and good friend “John Kane” Chef Owner of “Kane’s Restaurant” in Grass Valley, CA a true loss to our profession. I will miss him.

Kane opened the restaurant on Main Street in Grass Valley in 2006. John was Executive Chef of the University Club of San Francisco, Only the fifth Chef to hold this title in the 116 year history of the club. John served two years as President of the Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast (CAPC) and was seated as Chairman of the Board. Chef John has been nominated by President of the American Culinary Federation, and for American Culinary Federation’s National Chef of the Year. President Leonard also awarded Chef John with the coveted Presidential Medallion. He was awarded the San Francisco 2002 CAPC Chef of the Year award.

Chef John also taught and trained cooks at Cecil Williams Glide Memorial Church Outreach program, helping those going through transitional times to better themselves, their skills, and to promote the culinary profession. He also represents several companies including: Corporate Chef for Sierra Meat Co., Corporate Consulting Chef for US Foodservice, Chef of the San Francisco Giants professional baseball team and Consulting Chef for the American Culinary “Chefs Best” in San Francisco. He has helped to raise more than $124,000 for local charities in San Francisco by auctioning himself off for private dinners. John has also been a culinary ambassador to the American Council in Spain.

A public memorial to celebrate the life of John Kane will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 11am to 2pm at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building (255 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA). 

36328_103056039745286_1142833_nKane pictured here with KAHI News Director Mary West

(Photo Credit: Mary West)

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