Remembering Huell Howser

huell howser eating pie

Most Californians will remember Huell Howser – legendary TV personality and host of California’s Gold – through their television screens. That voice. That incredible voice…


…will forever be remembered. But those of us who were fortunate to meet the giant at the 2012 Good Food Pie Contest will remember him as Huell Howser – the man who was “pie’d out.” Howser graciously agreed to judge the 2012 contest and after learning that his favorite pie was Banana Cream we asked him to taste cream pies. The 2012 pie contest saw record entries in the cream/chiffon/mousse category and after sampling all the entries Howser declared himself – in that incredible voice – “pie’d out.”

Here are some photos of that very special day. Rest his soul.

Our fabulous panel of judges tasted over 200 pies.
Our fabulous panel of judges tasted over 200 pies.

huell and shawniece




  • Shawniece

    Thank you for this! I knew a picture existed somewhere and to discover it today brings a mixture of sadness and incredible joy. Los Angeles has suffered a tremendous loss but thankfully Huell left us with decades of his a-may-zing work. He was the true California Gold and we were lucky to have him.

  • chuck greene

    this cant be true. someone that you look forward to seeing , someone who gives you comfort, simple, yes, home spun, yet offers you a new prospective on every day experiences. i shall miss this guy so much.

  • Jamie Adams

    An incredible loss for all of us. We are dedicated viewers who found out so many great things from Huell's program. You will truly be missed and you sir are definitely part of "California's Gold" Thank You

  • Alliosn Brooker

    I was so hoping he might try my pie that day. When I found out Huell Howser was going to be a judge, it was the final straw in my deciding to enter the contest. SO glad to see the photo. Thank you and he will be so missed.