By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mark Peel, who opened Spago in West Hollywood with Wolfgang Puck and has been credited with pioneering the concept of “farm-to-table” dining, has died. He was 66 years old.

Photo of chef Mark Peel of Campanile shopping for berries at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Wednesday, May 17, 2006. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Peel died Sunday at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. His family says he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer just nine days ago.

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Peel opened the Spago in West Hollywood with Wolfgang Puck in 1982. He also co-founded Campanile and La Brea Bakery with his ex-wife, Nancy Silverton, who is also a renowned chef. Peel specialized in California cuisine and has been credited with pioneering the concept of “farm-to-table” dining here in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Puck said Peel was like his “twin brother” when they opened Spago.

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“I didn’t have to tell him how I liked something done, or he didn’t have to tell me what he liked,” Puck wrote in a post on Facebook. He went on to describe him as one of the hardest working people he has ever known, a great teacher, and a wonderful soul.

In recent years, he emerged from the kitchen to compete on “Top Chef Masters” and has appeared on “Top Chef” as a judge. Peel has also made appearance on other culinary TV shows, such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Knife Fight,” and “Kitchen Nightmares.”

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Peel is survived by his five children.