In the 1990s, Reed Hearon was among the highest-profile San Francisco chefs. He opened LuLu, Rose Pistola, Rose's Cafe, and the since-closed Corona Bar & Grill, Cafe Marimba, and Black Cat; won major awards, including a 1997 James Beard for best new restaurant in the country; published several cookbooks
; and appeared
on Julia Child: Lessons with Master Chefs.
Then, after some post-dot-com-bust business setbacks in 2002, he dropped from public view. In the intervening years, the question, "whatever happened to Reed Hearon?" has come up regularly on foodie Web sites, but always goes unanswered. Well, I finally tracked him down: he's been working as the executive chef of the Mammoth Mountain
ski resort. The Inyo Register
on his participation in an event promoting the use of locally-produced beef.