Award-Winning Chef Christian “Hitsch” Albin Dies At 62

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Food The Four SeasonsExecutive chef Christian "Hitsch" Albin of Manhattan's Four Seasons restaurant passed away yesterday from cancer. He was 62.

During Albin's 36-year employ, the restaurant at NYC's Four Seasons was the recipient of a prestigious James Beard Award. It was also an international hot-spot for A-list celebrities, foreign dignitaries, and everyday tourists alike. Visitors to the restaurant include Elton John, President Clinton, Madonna, Martha Stewart, and the Dalai Lama.

Christian Albin trained in Switzerland before bringing his cooking expertise to the United States in the 1970s. He was known as a culinary "Rip Van Winkle," revitalizing ordinary dishes with subtle -- yet adventurous -- new flavors and techniques.

Earlier this week, Albin had gone to the doctor because he hadn't been feeling so well lately. He was given the diagnosis of cancer only five days prior to his death.

"He was our hero: the man we always turned to when we knew we had to achieve the impossible," said the restaurant's managing partners, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder.

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