Food Critics Allan Borgen and Izzy Busse Dead After Car Crash in Missouri

"4 p.m. on Saturdays will never be the same without Let's Dine Out. We will miss them greatly," radio station KCAA's general manager wrote

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Popular California food critics and partners Allan Borgen and Isabelle “Izzy” Busse have died following a fatal car crash.

A report from the Missouri Highway Patrol confirms that the pair were killed during a car crash on Saturday, June 8 at around 6:45 p.m. They had been traveling westbound along Interstate 44 when a large semi-truck traveling eastbound crossed through the median and struck their 2023 Chrysler Pacifica.

Borgen, 75, who had been driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while Busse, 54, was transported in an ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she died. The incident report did not detail the condition of the semi-truck driver.

The pair had been known for their show Let’s Dine Out, which saw them visit different restaurants around the state and highlight some of their offerings.

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Mark Westwood, general manager of KCAA radio, which broadcasted the show, confirmed the couple’s death in a post on social media on Sunday, June 9. "All of us at KCAA are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our friends and fellow broadcasters," he wrote.

“4 p.m. on Saturdays will never be the same without Let's Dine Out. We will miss them greatly. We are all still processing all of this, and will update you with more information. May God bless their souls and may they rest in peace,” he added.

Borgen had also worked as a longtime food critic for KVCR-TV and hosted a review show Table for Two, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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KVCR shared a tribute to Borgen on social media, writing, “Allan’s easy smile and friendly demeanor will be remembered fondly by the KVCR staff, his viewers and foodies all across the Inland Empire and Southern California.”

His son Michael Borgen, who worked with his father on his shows and ran a food review platform with him called FeedMe411, told the L.A. Times that Borgen would be remembered for more than just his love for food.

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“He cared about restaurants, but he cared about people more than anything,” Michael shared. “His passion was food. On top of having a heart of gold, he wanted people to feel good.”

“He wanted to make it better for everybody, especially the restaurateur,” he added. “He cared about them more than he cared about himself. There will definitely not be another Allan Borgen; he’s a one of a kind.”

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