Monday, May 22, 2017

Award-winning Nicole's chef/owner J.P. Gavin dies

J.P. Gavin
James “J.P.” Gavin, co-owner and chef of the Albany restaurant Nicole’s, has died.

Gavin died on  Saturday after a 14-month battle with brain cancer, according to his wife, Margaret Carciobolo. The couple owned and operated the Delaware Avenue restaurant and catering service for more than three decades.

She said in a Facebook posting announcing his death, "He was brave, strong and fought hard. I know it is a shock to many people that did not know what we were facing. I am sorry to let people know this way, but it was much too difficult to talk about."

Gavin, who was raised in Guilderland, studied culinary arts at Schenectady County Community College, and worked and traveled widely throughout the U.S. and abroad before settling into the local restaurant scene.

He received the “Spirit of the Industry” Award at the Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival in Albany in January. Funeral arrangements and other details have  not yet been announced.

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